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BAEcon Economics
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BAEcon Economics

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Health Economics

Unit code ECON32202
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Social Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


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Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Microeconomics IIB ECON20352 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Pre-Requisite: ECON20352.


The unit aims to:

  1. Enable students to develop a critical understanding of the basics of health economics.
  2. Introduce students to the health economists' 'toolkit', the ways it can be used in the process of policy development, and its limitations.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, you should be able to demonstrate:

  1. The ways in which health and health care are different to other economic goods.
  2. The economic decisions and processes that drive the demand for and the production of 'health' and 'health care'.
  3. How to measure health care output and alternative methods to determine a fair and efficient distribution of health.
  4. 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.

Employability skills

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.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

Feedback methods

  • Mock exam.
  • Class feedback.
  • Office hours.
  • Revision sessions.
  • Discussion boards.

Recommended reading

  • 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.





Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 18
Tutorials 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 75.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Thomas Allen Unit coordinator
Soren Kristensen Unit coordinator

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