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

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.


-    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:

31 May 2010

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