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Course Overview

Health behaviour in terms of lifestyles in relation to smoking, alcohol, diet and physical activity are major influences on the health and well-being of individuals and populations. Using economics concepts and tools, this course provides an introduction to the factors that contribute to individual decisions regarding health behaviour. Attention is placed on the insights that economics that can provide to development of effective interventions and policies to influence health behaviour, and how these interventions and policies may be evaluated. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Prof. Paul McNamee

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Course Description

This course introduces students to key economic concepts that help explain and predict health behaviour. Theoretical models of health production and habitual behaviour are examined, together with topics in behavioural economics.  Theoretical discussion of fairness and equity, and the measurement of health inequality, is then introduced.  Finally, the design and evaluation of interventions and policies to influence health behaviour is considered.  

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Summative Assessments

Essay 1 (40%), essay 2 (50%), online acitivity (10%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Individual feedback is provided online through myAberdeen, highliting strengths and areas for improvement.

Course Learning Outcomes


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