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EC3524: HEALTH ECONOMICS (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course examines key themes of economic theory as applied to health care. First, it explores the alternative systems for organising and financing health care and second, the main techniques of health care evaluation. Finally, it critically examines the link between social inequality, socioeconomic status and health. It does so by focusing on the fact that how well and how long one lives is strongly formed by one’s place in the hierarchies build around educational attainment, labour market experiences, occupation and income.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Ioannis Theodossiou

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EC3518 Health Economics (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course discusses some of the principal themes in health economics. The relationship between health and health care is considered. The distinctive characteristics of health care as an economic good are explained. The course examines the demand for, and supply of, health care. It analyses different types of health care system throughout the world. The role and application of economic evaluation in health care are discussed.

Further Information & Notes

This course started in 2012/13 and runs every two years thereafter.

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

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 25 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 27 - 35

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour examination (70%); continuous assessment (30%) consisting of an essay of 3,000 words.

Resit: 1 three-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

This will take place via seminar discussions.


Oral feedback is given on each student's seminar presentation. On a less formal basis, there will be constant feedback via individual discussions with students.

Feedback on the assignment will consist of completion of a feedback sheet with the mark and then comments under the following four headings: 'Interpretation', 'Knowledge', 'Organisation and Presentation', and 'Action Points.

Course Learning Outcomes


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