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Master thesis, final examination


Direction "Economics and managment in health care"





Admission 2017

New direction of educational programm "Ecomonics and managment in health care"

Application procedure to MPH-prgramme 2016/2017 will be opened on 20.06.2016

Compulsory courses

The master’s program in public health includes 12 mandatory courses. Altogether, mandatory courses are equivalent to 44 credits.

List of compulsory courses

 Introduction to public health

Introduction to biostatistics

Research methods in public health



Health Promotion

Health economics and policy

Information technologies in public health

Legislation, law and bioethics in public health

Health management and health administration

Basics of sociology and psychology of health

Business and academic English

 Introduction to public health (4 credits)           

This course is in the first module in the master’s program and gives general introduction to general principles of epidemiology, public health ethics, population health indicators, health determinants, with special emphasis on health in Russia, current problems and achievements of the Russian health care system, sources of scientific information on public health.

Introduction to biostatistics (4 credits)

 The course provides knowledge on how to describe statistical data, types of distribution, confidence intervals, basic parametric methods such as t-test, one-way ANOVA, correlation analysis, simple linear regression analysis as well as chi-squared test and other non-parametric methods. Students will also be informed about multivariate methods and error types I and II. SPSS software will be used as the main tool for all the analyses. Moreover, the module will help to develop skills for interpretation and critical assessment of statistical data in public health literature.

Research methods in public health (4 credits)

The main aim of the course is to provide knowledge on the nature of research. Students are expected to acquire the following skills: analysis and evaluation of quality of research as well as an ability to choose appropriate research methods for different scientific problems within the field of public health.  Special attention is paid to qualitative methods and ethical principles of research.

 Epidemiology (7 credits)

The purpose of the course is to provide knowledge on basic epidemiologic methods used in public health science. The students will learn theory of basic epidemiologic designs, assumptions, methods and other knowledge sufficient to perform epidemiological studies in public health. The students will also acquire practical skills in planning, performing, analyzing and interpreting of the results of basic epidemiological studies. The training program includes development of critical evaluation skills needed for thoughtful reading of published results of epidemiologic studies.

Biostatistics (7 credits)

Statistics is an essential part of both research and practice in the field of public health. In order to read and understand medical literature it is necessary to possess knowledge on many statistical methods including rather advanced ones like logistic regression or Сох proportional hazard analysis. The aim of this course is to gain knowledge on theory and methods of modern statistical data analysis used in medical as well as in epidemiological research. The course consists of four separate topics: analysis of variance including multiple regression and analysis of repeated measurements, logistic regression and survival analysis. Before studying this course it is mandatory to successfully pass course on Basic statistics. Statistical significance and confidence intervals are not taught at this level. Besides, the course requires knowledge and previous experience in use of STATA software.

Health promotion (6 credits)

The course gives theoretical knowledge in the sphere of health promotion and healthy lifestyle as well as practical activity skills to develop health interventions in the field of health promotion. The course consists of three basic parts: “common problems of health promotion”, “peculiarities of health promotion in Russia” and “group course project”. The last part represents a solid practical assignment involving development and presentation of own health promotion programs by groups of students.

 Health economics and health policy (2 credits)

 The aim of this course is to provide knowledge on the basics of economics and policy applied to healthcare. The course covers various topics (market economy and market-related problems in healthcare, foundations of healthcare systems in different countries, means and methods of financing and allocation of resources to healthcare services). The course provides skills of critical evaluation of healthcare policy, economic evaluation of healthcare technologies and also examines healthcare economics and policy questions from the ethical point of view.

Information technologies (2 credits)

The general purpose of the course is to provide information on core methods of and facilities used to apply modern information technologies in research and practice of public health. The specific aims include acquiring modern methods and means of systematization and analysis of scientific data, preparing scientific publications and presentations, studying modern electronic means used in educational and research process, forming of practical skills of using internet-based scientific and educational resources in daily professional public health and research activity.  

Legislation, law and bioethics in public health (2 credits)

The aim of the course is to provide information on foundations of legislation and law in the sphere of healthcare in the Russian Federation and some other countries, theoretical and practical skills in the sphere of bioethics, introduction to assumptions, problems, directions and concepts. Special attention is given to the analysis of ethical issues in public health. The course presupposes acquirement of categorical-conceptual terms of bioethics, knowledge on the basic problems of its origin, formation and development, skills of main ethic problems analysis and methods of their solving. Ethical problems in healthcare and research activity are specially discussed in the course.

Health management and health administration (2 credits)

The aim of the course is to give students understanding of management foundations, development of a complex management vision in healthcare, setting strategic aims to improve healthcare in the Russian Federation. The following aspects are discussed in the course: problems of efficacy measurements in healthcare in the Russian Federation and other countries, organization of healthcare systems, history of healthcare reforms in Russia. Special attention is paid to the study of the Russian system of medical insurance and analysis of effectiveness of healthcare reforms.

Basics of sociology and psychology of health (2 credits)

The aim of the course is to provide students with understanding of sociological and psychological approaches to health; to consider psychological approach in understanding of physical and mental health, to present notions of an objective and subjective disease, to introduce a biopsychosocial disease model; to present theoretical and empirical investigations of socio-cultural processes in healthcare and public health. The following topics are presented: social reproduction of health and disease, interconnection between social structure and health, social reasons for diseases. Special attention is paid to social factors conditioning the structure of morbidity, influence of social and cultural processes on the state of health and access of population to healthcare services.  Also the following aspects are discussed: the role of social support, social networks and social fund in health maintenance, social inequalities in healthcare: social class, ethnical, gender.

Business and academic English (2 credits)

The aim of the course is to improve the level of English in professional healthcare sphere enabling students to use English freely in conversations on professional topics and to read special literature. The course includes seminars on professional vocabulary in healthcare, reading practice and translation of specialized texts, preparation and presentation of oral reports and reviews in English.

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