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The health behaviour of individuals – smoking, alcohol, poor diet, physical activity – are major contributors to development of health problems. Health policy needs to be effective and cost-effective. Economics as a discipline contributes to the understanding of health behaviors and provides tools for evaluating policy interventions to influence health behaviour.
|Second Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
This course introduces the students to key economic concepts that help explain and predict health behaviours. This course builds on concepts introduced in 'PU5008: Introduction to Economics and Health Economics', by providing discussion of how economic concepts and tools can be used as a means of understanding and influencing health behaviours. Theoretical models of health behaviour and health production are introduced and examined, together with important concepts related to equity and health inequality, to understand the extent to which these can be applied in the development and evaluation of policies and interventions that aim to inform or change behaviours. The types of health behaviours that will be studied in the course include lifestyle choices relating to diet, physical activity, alcohol consumption and smoking, both for healthy populations as well as for people with long-term conditions.
Data Exercise (10%)
Short Essay (40%)
Alternative Resit Assessment
Resit if students fail the course (E1 or lower). Resit would consist of new essay assessment covering all course learning outcomes.
There are no assessments for this course.
|Evaluate how economic concepts and methods can be used to develop and evaluate policies that encourage health behaviour change and improvements in health and well-being
|Analyse the contribution of economic measurement tools to understanding health inequality
|Understand basic economics concepts and how these are applied to health behaviours, critically reflecting on their strengths and limitations
|Apply more advanced economic concepts and theories to health behaviour, critically reflecting on their strengths and limitations
|Understand the types of interventions and health policies designed to influence health behaviour and health inequality