PgCert Health Economics for Health Professionals 9 Months Online Learning Part Time September
This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
|Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year||£1,500|
Successful completion of the PgCert in Health Economics for Health Professionals requires 60 credits from the following courses:
Introduction to Economics and Health Economics (PU5008)
Health Economics is concerned with the optimal use of scarce health care resources. The PgCert in Health Economics introduces economic techniques for determining the optimal allocation of resources and economic arguments for ways of financing and providing health care. This course provides an introduction to economic concepts underpinning the topics covered in the remainder of the programme. It provides students with an introduction to how health care differs from other commodities and the implications for the organisation and delivery of health care. Students will study the concepts of scarcity, opportunity cost, demand and supply and their relevance to health care.
Economic Evaluation - Principles and Frameworks (PU5401)
This module covers issues involved in identifying, measuring and valuing costs and benefits. Consideration will be given to the importance of health outcomes, non-health outcomes and process attributes when valuing the benefits of health care interventions. The student will be introduced to Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) and the use of standard gamble and time-trade off to estimate quality weights within the QALY framework. Consideration will be given here to the creation and use of generic QALY measures such as EuroQol; as well as specific QALY measures.
There is also the option to study a new course in "Economics of Health Behaviour"
Economic Evaluation - Applications and Policy (PU5501)
This course is taken by students enrolled on the Post Graduate Certificate in Health Economics. It is concerned with practical issues in the design and conduct of economic evaluation. It covers the principles of the two most common approaches to economic evaluation – using individual patient data collected alongside randomised controlled trials, and using decision models to synthesis data from a number of secondary sources. The module highlights the strengths and limitations of each approach, and emphasises their complimentary nature.
Health Care Systems and Policy (Distance Learning) (PU5533)
This course examines different types of health care systems. Building on material from PU5008 it covers issues relevant to many health care systems: the application of supply and demand theory; the complex relationships between the transactors in health care; the patient as consumer; user charges; doctors and hospitals as suppliers of health care; incentives; reimbursement; competition and performance management.