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PU5008: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS AND HEALTH ECONOMICS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

This course begins by introducing you to Economics as a discipline. Consideration is then given to the commodity health care. It is shown that given its characteristics, government intervention is necessary to aid its efficient delivery. This raises questions concerning what services to provide as well as issues around the financing and organisation of health care. It also introduces a number of fundamental economic concepts that are encountered throughout the Programme such as demand, utility, opportunity cost and marginal analysis. On completing the course students should be able • To understand how health care differs from other commodities and to consider the implications of these differences for the organisation and delivery of health care. • To understand and be able to apply certain economic concepts. • To appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of these economic concepts when used to analyse health care decision-making.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Aileen Neilson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Pg Certificate in Health Economics (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course begins by introducing you to Economics as a discipline. Consideration is then given to the commodity health care. It is shown that given its characteristics, government intervention is necessary to aid its efficient delivery. This raises questions concerning what services to provide as well as issues around the financing and organisation of health care. It also introduces a number of fundamental economic concepts that are encountered throughout the Programme such as demand, utility, opportunity cost and marginal analysis. On completing the course students should be able • To understand how health care differs from other commodities and to consider the implications of these differences for the organisation and delivery of health care. • To understand and be able to apply certain economic concepts. • To appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of these economic concepts when used to analyse health care decision-making.


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

MCQ and Brief Essay

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Brief Essays

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