Research course

Health Systems and Development

Open University · Department of Design, Development, Environment and Materials

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Emerging life science technologies and innovations have the potential to revolutionise healthcare and improve human welfare in developing countries. A key barrier to entry for these emerging technologies is understanding the complexity of the innovation process – not only the factors influencing product development, but also issues of access, procurement and capacity within the health system.

Our research in the Development and Policy Practice Group (DPP), embedded in multi-disciplinary and novel social science approaches, seeks to shed some light on how appropriate innovations and capacities can emerge and spread, become embedded in and influence health systems, but overall how they can be measured and evaluated in light of the envisaged affordable and equitable access to high- quality health care.

Current/recent research projects

We have had a number of externally and internally funded research projects, including:

  • Pharmaceutical sector standards in developing countries.
  • Medical device industries in emerging economies.
  • Innovative spending in Global health.
  • Bio economy, pharmaceuticals and the global economy..

Potential supervisors

  • Professor Joanna Chataway
  • Dr Rebecca Hanlin
  • Dr Dinar Kale
  • Dr Julius Mugwagwa
  • Professor David Wield

Department specialisms

Health product development partnerships and beyond Procurement as a policy tool for local innovation Inclusive industrial innovation for local LMIC health strengthening Global health governance and regulations Technological capability development in healthcare industries based in developing countries

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months
part time
72 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Sue Oreszczyn
+44 (0)1908 332940