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Preventing Corruption in Health Programs (Boston University, School of Public Health)

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This course is designed to provide students with skills for assessing vulnerabilities to corruption in the health sector. It aims to build the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to become an effective advocate for anti-corruption strategies and health system reforms that promote accountability and transparency.

Corruption and lack of accountability in government are concerns in all countries, but they are especially critical problems in developing and transition countries where public resources are already scarce and corruption can cripple growth and development. In international health work, most public health practitioners will encounter corruption at some point and will need to make ethical and management decisions about how to work within corrupt systems and how to prevent corruption from occurring. This course is designed to introduce students to the problem of corruption and provide them with skills for assessing vulnerabilities to corruption in the health sector. The course also builds confidence, knowledge and skills needed to become an effective advocate for anti-corruption strategies and health system reforms that promote accountability and transparency.

TEXTBOOKS AND COURSE READER

-    Klitgaard, Robert, Ronald Maclean-Abaroa, H. Lindsey Parris. Corrupt Cities: A Practical Guide to Cure and Prevention. 2000.
-    Achebe, Chinua. No Longer at Ease. 1994
-    Di Tella and Savedoff. Diagnosis Corruption: Fraud in Latin America’s Public Hospitals. 2001

Some sample modules and examples of recommended readings are as follows:

Corruption in the Health Sector
-    Transparency International, Global Corruption Report on Corruption and Health, 2006

Costs of Corruption, Assessing Vulnerabilities
-    Taryn Vian, Corruption and the Consequences for Public Health, 2006

Fraud Detection and Pharmaceuticals Corruption
-    Moynihan R, Who pays for the Pizza? Redefining the Relationships between Doctors and Drug Companies, 2003
-    Gray-Molina, George, Ernesto Perez de Rada and Ernesto Yáñez, Does Voice Matter? Participation and Controlling Corruption in Bolivian Hospitals, 2001

Informal Payments
-    Barber S, Bonnet F, Bekedam H, Formalizing informal payments to control hospital out-of-pocket expenditures in Cambodia, 2004

Corruption in Financial Systems
-  Eichler, Rena, Auxila, Paul and Pollack, John. Output Based Health Care: Paying for Performance in Haiti. 2001.

For more details on the course syllabus, please see: http://www.bu.edu/actforhealth/actforhealth04/PreventingCorruptioninHealthSyllabus.pdf


14 Nov 2013



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