Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems Research

The Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems Research Thematic Working Group (TWG) was established in 2013 and focuses on ways to improve the teaching and learning of Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) around the world, with an emphasis on applications in low and middle-income countries and disadvantaged populations.

If you would like to find out more about the Teaching and Learning TWG, the activities we will be involved in at the Symposium, or engage in this important area of research, why not:

Official TWG sessions

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Organized session

Competencies for Health Policy and Systems Research: Findings From a Global Mapping and Consensus-building Process and Case Examples of Competencies in Practice


This session will provide a forum to share the results of a consultative research process to develop global competencies—a set of knowledge, skills, and abilities—for HPSR. The competencies will be presented along with a set of diverse cases of processes for competency development and use from around the world.

Thursday, October 11, 11:00 – 12:30

ACC room 1B

Business meeting

TWG business meeting: Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems Research


Tuesday, October 9, 10:30 – 11:45

ACC room 1C

Supporting resources for TWG sessions

TWG member sessions

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Poster presentation

Comment la connaissance scientifique informe le processus politique? Le cas de la politique nationale de protection sociale du Burkina Faso


Skill building session

Strengthening implementation science capacity to support Universal Health Coverage at country level

The purpose of this session is to strengthen skills in implementation science to support countries in their efforts to introduce and sustain Universal Health Coverage (UHC) interventions and programmes. The session will also introduce a variety of tools developed at global level that can be adapted for country needs. The target audience includes governmental, multinational, bilateral, and civil society decision makers and implementers in the health and related sectors in lower- and middle-income countries.

Tuesday, October 9, 8:00 – 12:00

Exhibition Centre Room 20

Poster presentation

Variability of medicine prices in health facilities and pharmacy outlets in north-west Nigeria: A challenge for equitable health systems for all

In resource poor settings, there is need for consideration of medicines pricing related to demand and supply. Government and health-care-providers should consider this pricing most especially during prescription of medicines to ensure accessibility and affordability by the patients or consumers. High cost of medicines continues to be a challenge in the health care system of Nigeria because majority of the citizens are either less-privileged or poor. The objectives of this research study are to investigate the prices and availability of medicines as they vary among the different health facilities and pharmacy outlets. Furthermore, it examines the differences in price of innovator-brand products and generic equivalents.


Organized session

Addressing the politics of policy change in taking action on inequity and social exclusion

This session will stimulate thinking on the political action needed to take advantage of the new opportunities created by the SDGs to tackle the continuing challenges of inequity and social exclusion, showcasing the work of a new generation of PhD scholars researching the politics of policy change.

Wednesday, October 10, 14:00 – 15:30

ACC Hall 2L

Organized session

Growing the ‘p’ in HPSR: Southern-led networking to strengthen analysis of health policy change

Southern-led analysis of health policy processes remains an under-developed area of health policy and systems research. This session will take stock of relevant capacity development initiatives and, showcasing LMIC-led initiatives, will draw lessons for those interested in growing the ‘p’ in HPSR – be they educators, researchers or health policy-makers.

Thursday, October 11, 14:00 – 15:30

ACC Hall 2F


Integrating with immunization for Universal Health Coverage: demand-side evidence from Papua New Guinea on integrated service delivery for post-partum families

Integrated services should focus firstly on clients’ multiple health needs, but are all too often driven by program planners with specific interventions to scale-up. Immunization is a commonly sought platform for integrated service delivery because of its reach, but not all interventions are suited to this form of integration and not all clients want their services delivered this way. This presentation builds on the author’s systematic literature review of immunization integration by prospectively surveying the preferences of pregnant women in rural PNG regarding service delivery.

Wednesday, October 10, 13:30 – 13:35

ACC Hall 2M

Skill building session

Capacity building for health systems strengthening using a country simulation: the example of social health insurance

Engage in an interactive simulation as advisors to the MoH in Mythica, a fictitious LMIC committed to UHC. Use tools to undertake an equity analysis and develop a social health insurance (SHI) scheme addressing the political, socioeconomic context, including Mythica’s health system constraints.

Will the MoH select your SHI model?

Tuesday, October 9, 8:00 – 12:00

Exhibition Centre Room 17