Real Life Simulation - Methods

Department
  • Master's Program International Health & Social Management
Course unit code
  • IHCM3MULA1
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 3
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Mag. Eder Gudrun
  • FH-Prof. Dr. Schlögl Stephan
  • Prof. Dr. Kaarbøe Oddvar Martin
  • Dr. Fidler Armin, MD, MPH, MSc
  • Mag. Abfalterer Martin, MSc
  • FH-Prof. Dr. Walch Siegfried
  • Assoc. Prof. Padovani Emanuele
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • • Students understand how to plan and execute a project that has to align to academic standards and to practitioners’ expectations.
    • Students are able to consider and apply quality and evaluation criteria in the planning of their projects.
    • Students are familiar with selected tools to plan, implement, and evaluate projects and programs as well as to continuously adapt them to the local context.
    • Students know how to manage the expectations of real life managers.
    • Students understand the epidemiology of NCDs and the relation between socio-economic status of people and the “25x25 risk factors”.
    • Students will apply political economy analysis tools enabling them to tailor projects to specific contexts.
    • Students will apply a stakeholder analysis as a basis for projects and its large scale implementation in health systems.
    • Students will be able to merge the two perspectives of “methods to measure the impact of NCD policies” and “management control systems to lead local governments to successful NCD policies implementation”.
    • Students will understand the principles of behavioral economics and its possible applications to promote health.
    • Students will understand how to harness a networking event like the European Health Forum, the World Health Summit or similar conferences for their projects.
Mode of delivery
  • blended learning
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • - Kick off-event at the Management Center Innsbruck, students get a briefing on the aims and purpose of the Real Life Simulation
    - Laying the foundation from an epidemiological perspective
    - Implementation strategies
    - Stakeholder Analysis
    - Methods to measure impact and how to steer regional and city governments towards NCD policies
    - Financing health promotion and preventive health
    - Behavioral economics and health
Recommended or required reading
  • NCDs
    Stringhini, S., Carmeli, C., Jokela, M. et al (2017) Socioeconomic status and the 25 × 25 risk factors as determinants of premature mortality: a multicohort study and meta-analysis of 1·7 million men and women, in The Lancet, 31.1.2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32380-7

    Vasilis Kontis, Colin D Mathers, Jürgen Rehm (2014) Contribution of six risk factors to achieving the 25×25 non-communicable disease mortality reduction target: a modelling study, in: The Lancet, Vol. 384, 2.8.2014

    Stakeholder analysis
    Peters, D., Nhan T., Taghreed, A. (2013) Implementation research in health: a practical guide, http://who.int/alliance-hpsr/alliancehpsr_irpguide.pdf (p22, 28-30, 38-40)

    Reed, M., Graves, A. Dandy, N. (2009): Who‘s in and why? A typology of stakeholder analysis methods for natural resource manageement, in: Journal of Environmental Management, Vol 90/5

    Financing health promotion and preventive health
    - https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/health-economics-policy-and-law/article/raising-more-domestic-money-for-health-prospects-for-low-and-middleincome-countries/74508630C59CC88BA889A29E824A0CDA
    - https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/health-economics-policy-and-law/article/framing-the-tax-and-health-nexus-a-neglected-aspect-of-public-health-concern/B0DEDBF7FF2604CC00BC419E9FD8BEB3
    - Allcott et al (2019): Should We Tax Sugar-Sweetened Beverages? An Overview of Theory and Evidence, https://www.nber.org/papers/w25842.pdf

    Behavioral economics and health
    - Giles EL, Robalino S, McColl E, Sniehotta FF, Adams J (2014) The Effectiveness of Financial Incentives for Health Behaviour Change: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 9(3): e90347. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090347
    - Behavioral Economics Holds Potential To Deliver Better Results For Patients, Insurers, And Employers Health Aff July 2013 vol. 32 no. 7 1244-1250, doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2012.1163
    - Choice Architecture Is A Better Strategy Than Engaging Patients To Spur Behavior Change. Health Aff February 2013 vol. 32 no. 2 242-249, doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2012.1075
    For those interested in learning more, see the special issue of Health Affairs (February 2013) on "New Era of Patient Engagement", http://www.chcf.org/publications/2013/02/health-affairs-patient-engagement

    Performance Mangement
    [A] Van Dooren, W., Bouckaert, G. (2010). Performance Management in the Public Sector (either 1st or 2nd Edition). London: Routledge, chapters 4 and 5
    [B] Padovani, E., Young, D.W. (2012). Managing Local Governments. Designing Management Control Systems that Deliver Value. London: Routledge, chapter chapters 1, 2, 3, 9.
    [C] Padovani, E., Young, D.W. (2017). Implementing Local Government Strategies: A Framework for Action (article unpublished, under review, see link to pdf document)
    [D] Kuhlmann, S., Wollmann, H. (2014). Introduction to Comparative Public Administration. Cheltenham, UK: Edwar Elgar, chapter 1, 2 and 3
    ([A] required; [B], [C] & [D] elective)

    Political Economy Analysis
    - Corduneanu-Huci, Cristina; Hamilton, Alexander; Masses Ferrer, Issel, Understanding policy change. How to apply political economy concepts in practice, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, World Bank , 2013., introduction and chapter 2 (pp 1-47).
    - Woolcock, Michael, Enhancing public health outcomes in developing countries. From good policies and best practices to better implementation, CDI working paper 340, Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2018.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The course comprises an interactive mix of lectures, discussions and individual and group work.
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English