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CCHDS currently conducts studies focusing on two major areas, one on health transitions and their determinants, and the other on health systems research including financing, delivery system, and human resources.
Studies on health transitions and their determinants

In this area, two sets of topics have been highlighted: 1) transitions of health and determinants and projection models that integrate existing knowledge about demographical/epidemiological transitions, changes of risk factors such as environment pollution, and socioeconomic developments, to provide a picture of China’s health development over the coming decade(s); and 2) analysis of health transitions and their determinants by regions, provinces, and population groups. Sub-national level analysis is crucial and classification methods for regions and areas will be studied. 

Health systems research: health financing, health care delivery, human resource, and their interlinks

Studies in area one would provide basic information for health systems research and health policy development. 1) Health financing: issues to be studies would include the roles of government (public) and private sectors in financing of health care, modeling of requirements of financial resources for health, strategies for integrating the three health insurance schemes, incentives and payment systems for health providers. Evaluation studies could be organized to assess the current reforms and interventions in relation to health financing; 2) Health care delivery system: issues could include public and private mix of clinics and hospitals in structuring the health delivery system, integrations and partnerships of different types of health care providers, and performance evaluations of health care providers; and 3) Human resource: research issues include strengthening capacities of human resource in disadvantaged area, financial and non-financial incentive structures for individual health workers, and determinants of location or reallocation of health workforces.