The course will provide an introduction to the application of economics to health care. No prior knowledge of economics will be assumed. Students will develop an appreciation of the role of economics in ensuring that available resources are used in the most effective and efficient way. They will also achieve a better understanding of the role of knowledge of economics in informed decision making in relation to a variety of issues, for example setting priorities between patients, choosing between new therapies and technologies and organising the provision of health care. The course will be delivered through lectures, specialised seminars and supervised self-directed learning.
The course will consist of two lectures each week for the first three weeks. Students will have a further three week period without lectures to work on the course essay. Will include a mix of lectures, group work and open discussion sessions where students are encouraged to participate and share their views on topics raised in the lectures