Online course page for the batch 3 of the Master in Public Management - Health Governance Track

At the start of the MPM program, students are encouraged to identify a topic on a governance, public management or policy concern or priority that they will develop for their Governance Innovation Report. The writing of the GIR starts with the GIR proposal. The process proceeds with the collection, presentation and analysis of data, the interpretation of results, and the presentation of conclusions and recommendations. The GIR is the final academic requirement in the MPM program.

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 World Health Organization identified Health Information Systems as one of the building blocks of health systems. Moreover, having well-managed information on the different aspects of healthcare is essential for the successful implementation of the other building blocks. This underscores the importance of learning the practical management of information communication technologies (ICT).

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 (1) improvement of health service delivery, (2) better performance management, and (3) advanced health research.

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.

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.

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.

The course integrates concepts from public administration and management, political science and organizational development studies towards a deeper understanding of the government, its nature and structure, its roles and functions, and its limitations and failures. It seeks to enable students to enhance their understanding of public organizations in general and how they affect and influence government effectiveness and performance. 

The course provides an understanding of key economic principles and tools and their application on key developmental issues at the micro and macro levels.  It starts by looking at how markets work at the micro level, their underlying assumptions and their role in economic growth and development. It also examines situations where markets fail, which warrant government intervention and specify the role of the state in economic development.  It will also examine the dynamics of economics and politics, the role of governance and institutions in making markets work toward the development of a country.  Topics covered include a review of basic micro and macroeconomics, theories of development and growth, market and government failures, and key development issues in the Philippines - poverty and inequality, the labor market, health, and economic geography.

The MPM Bulletin will be the School's communication portal to its students.

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.