About Health Systems

In the Health Systems Research Unit, our research informs and supports decision-making in health and social policy to strengthen health systems to achieve universal health coverage (UHC).  By strengthening decision-making and health systems we aim to improve health throughout the life-course. We evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery models in communities, schools, and health facilities. To ensure relevance of our research, we apply implementation science principles and approaches, and engage and partner with Departments of Health at all levels of government, as well as with communities and other stakeholders.

We work in five thematic areas:

We have expertise in a range of study designs, methodologies, and processes including:
  • Cluster randomised controlled trials
  • Process evaluations
  • National surveillance / national impact evaluations
  • Operations research
  • Analysis of survey data using epidemiological techniques
  • Systematic reviews of qualitative and quantitative evidence, and knowledge translation
  • Economic evaluations and human resource planning
  • Qualitative research
  • Heath systems and other policy and guideline development
  • Respondent-driven surveillance methods
  • Simulated client assessments
  • Visual participatory methods
  • Evaluations of mHealth interventions
  • Knowledge translation

WHO. Health Policy and Systems Research. A Methodology Reader. Geneva: World Health Organization. 2012.