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PU5008: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS AND HEALTH ECONOMICS (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


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 Online Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr Chris Spoor

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 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1 multiple choice and brief essay (33%): assessment 2 (66%) brief essays

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is included as part of the active learning content. Feedback - individual student feedback provided on myAberdeen.

Feedback

None.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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