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Resources available for the provision and payment for health care are limited. However, knowledge of economics helps ensure that available resources are used in the most effective way possible. Economics allows more informed decision making about a variety of issues: choosing between alternative treatments; setting priorities between patients; choosing between alternative new technologies; organising the provision of health care.
In this course students will acquire a knowledge and understanding of:
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
This course provides an introduction to the application of economics to health care. It does not assume any prior knowledge of economics.
The material for this course is divided in five units. The course starts with an introduction to health economics, in which the key concepts of demand and supply are applied to health care (Unit 1). It continues with the analysis of the main alternative systems for organising and financing health care as well as discussion on payment to hospitals and doctors (Unit 2 – Health Care Systems, Financing and Payment Methods). Unit 3 considers the main policy interventions in population health behaviours – smoking, alcohol, poor diet, physical activity – and the role of behavioural economics to inform policy decisions. Finally, Units 3 and 4 explore the economic evaluation of health care technologies: basic concepts, the measurement of cost and benefits, decision modelling and the critical appraisal of economic evaluation studies.
Teaching and learning for this course will involve a combination of staged release online PowerPoint presentations, self-study (with written commentaries), practical exercises, use of discussion boards, and staged assignments. As a general guide, you can expect to spend approximately 150 hours total on online learning, including around 50 hours of directed learning, 40 hours in preparation for assessments, and a further minimum 40 hours in independent study.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
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There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Reflection||Analyse||Recognise the contribution of economics to health and health care and how it can assist decision making|
|Conceptual||Understand||Explain the different ways in which health care can be financed and delivered|
|Conceptual||Understand||Describe the key theories underpinning health economics|
|Reflection||Evaluate||Demonstrate what economic evaluation is and its underlying principles|
|Reflection||Evaluate||Critically appraise published economic evaluations|