International Health Systems: Incorporating Sustainability Strategies
University of Central Florida
Sep 23, 2013 to Oct 28, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Intended for educators or professionals
Full course description
This course will explore the different dimensions of sustainability in healthcare and ways to incorporate those ideas into the managerial and quality improvement processes of healthcare organizations. Then it will compare how those issues have been addressed in different healthcare systems around the world. The course will analyze and discuss the key elements of the five pillars of sustainability of healthcare organizations, which are: environmental, socio-cultural, institutional capacity development, financial, and political.
We will review critical issues such as recycling medical waste; sustainable energy solutions for hospitals and healthcare organizations in countries with different levels of development; how to improve community health through sustainable healthcare; and many other issues equally relevant to large and small healthcare organizations in developed or developing countries.
As the participants review and exchange lessons learned in different corners of the world, they will discover and exchange ideas and tools to assess the sustainability efforts of their organizations and to implement feasible strategies to advance their initiatives.
Bernardo Ramirez, M.D., M.B.A.
Professor of International Health System Management
Bernardo Ramirez, M.D., M.B.A. is an Associate Professor and Director of the Executive Master in Science in Health Services Administration Program (e-MSHSA) and of Global Health Initiatives of the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches U.S. Health Systems, International Health Systems, Issues and Trends in the Health Professions, Quality Improvement, and Strategic Planning in the graduate and undergraduate programs.
Dr. Ramirez is an experienced health services administrator in public and private organizations and his experience includes clinical practice and administrative experience from the hospital departmental level to the health systems planning and policy levels. He has provided technical assistance, developed research, and conducted training under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Pan American Health Organization, The World Health Organization, The International Hospital Federation, The World Bank, The Inter-American Development Bank, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for 35 years in more than 60 countries on five continents. Among other positions, he has been General Director of Health Standards of the Ministry of Health of Mexico; President of the Mexican Hospital Association; Vice-President and Director of International Programs of AUPHA, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration-AUPHA.
He has taught online courses in UCF since 2006 and he taught a MOOC on Canvas Network focused on international health systems during spring 2013. He is the author of numerous publications and training materials and presenter in many national and international forums on topics such as health management training and human resource development; performance assessment, quality improvement, and institutional accreditation; strategic and change management; and health systems reform and sustainability.