Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Social Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
See course Blackboard pages.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
The unit aims to:
- Enable students to develop a critical understanding of the basics of health economics.
- Introduce students to the health economists' 'toolkit', the ways it can be used in the process of policy development, and its limitations.
At the end of the module, you should be able to demonstrate:
- The ways in which health and health care are different to other economic goods.
- The economic decisions and processes that drive the demand for and the production of 'health' and 'health care'.
- How to measure health care output and alternative methods to determine a fair and efficient distribution of health.
- The main differences in the organisation of health systems in different countries and the main topics of debate in the current global health policy agenda.
Topic 1: Introduction to health economics.
Topic 2: Market failures in health care.
Topic 3: The determinants of health and the demand for health care.
Topic 4: The production and supply of health care.
Topic 5: Health insurance and health care financing.
Topic 6: Equity and equality.
Topic 7: Economic evaluation.
Topic 8: Global health.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and tutorial classes.
- Analytical skills
- Process and critically evaluate different sources of information.
- Oral communication
- Presentation and interpersonal skills through participation in tutorial sessions.
- Written communication
- Develop a sustained and coherent written argument.
- Read economic literature, particularly in a health context. Comment on current development in health care policy. Identify and apply relevant health economic theories and methods to the analysis of health related policies.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||50%|
- Mock exam.
- Class feedback.
- Office hours.
- Revision sessions.
- Discussion boards.
- Morris, S; Devlin, N; Parkin, D; Spencer, A (2012) Economic Analysis in Health Care, 2nd edition, John Wiley.
Supplementary readings in the form of journal papers will be given as appropriate
In addition, where relevant, recent newspaper and popular scientific articles will be used as motivation for topics.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||1.5|
|Independent study hours|
|Thomas Allen||Unit coordinator|
|Soren Kristensen||Unit coordinator|