Online courses for the 2016C class

This course will provide students with concepts and tools in managing ICT in the health context. Health informatics topics will include Principles of Information Systems, Electronic Health Records, and Information Security. New technologies such as the Internet and mobile that have given rise to new channels of delivery will be discussed. IT Management concepts, in the context of Philippines, and government services will include Economics of IT, Diffusion of IT, and Systems Development Management.


After taking this course, students are expected to consider appropriate ICT for the improvement of health service delivery, (2) better performance management, and (3) advanced health research.

The course provides foundational concepts of local governance and the implementation of decentralization and local autonomy in the Philippines. It looks at the organization, powers, and the functions of local government units (LGUs) in the light of the Local Government Code (LGC), and in the context of Philippine Politics and Governance.  The tools and techniques of modern management are discussed in the context of their appropriate application in managing the challenges and innovations at the local level. Emerging concepts on the practice of governance such as performance management, new perspectives in public management, globalization issues, etc. are examined in the light of a decentralized set-up of the local government. Moreover, new paradigms and conceptual application of principles in strengthening the practice of decentralization are also discussed.

The course discusses the basic principles and concepts behind health sector reforms, including the roles and interactions of the state and the market in the delivery of health services and how these interactions influence the attainment of efficiency and equity goals in the health system. Various perspectives and approaches in health management and governance and in strengthening health service delivery are explored in the course. The course also examines how this reform framework is linked to the health system building blocks and the challenges of moving toward Universal Health Coverage.

The course introduces the student to the concepts and frameworks on health promotion and the social determinants of health.  Drawn from the initial work of the Commission on Social Determinants that was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2008, as well as from the very first International Conference on Health Promotion way back in 1986, the course also provides a venue for discussing how this theoretical frame is translated into practice in various settings.  Cases from other countries are discussed and analyzed.  Experiences in the Philippine setting are also explored and assessed.

This Module aims to introduce the MPM students to the depth of self-development and thinking called for in a master’s program by orienting them to the mission, values, and leadership model of the Ateneo School of Government. This interactive and reflective course focuses on personal, group, organizational/institutional and governance issues requiring leadership response including reform and social accountability focused approaches. Critical /strategic thinking and ethical action and values including interpersonal communication skills are emphasized.

This module introduces MPM students to view ethics, power, and accountability not merely as concepts but as dynamic and interrelated themes implicitly and overtly being practiced in government.

As such, it engages students to draw on their own relevant experiences and use these concepts as lens in abstracting their own understanding of these themes. This is in light of related literature – both classical and contemporary – as proposed/reflected upon by various authors.

Ultimately, it challenges students to learn critical and creative thinking skills in integrating theory and practice; and apply these in their own local – both socio-cultural and politico-economic – contexts.

The course introduces the students to the basic elements of public policy development and the integral role of politics and public governance in the process. It allows the students to go through the different phases of public policy development and to understand relevant theoretical models and practical tools of policy analysis and decision-making. The critical examination of the policy environment and the assessment of various stakeholders at each step of the process are emphasized in the course so that those who design, implement and give advice on public policy may know how to navigate policy reform through its risks and opportunities. The course also provides opportunities for students to analyze their individual and collective roles as agents of policy reforms in their respective agencies or areas of work.