A34589 Health Economics
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)
Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Postgraduate students in School Medicine. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.
|Spring ||Assessed by end of Spring Semester |
Summary of Content:
- Economic ideas applied to health (scarcity, motive, markets, demand and supply, elasticity);
- Economic analysis of health behaviour in relation to help-seeking, risk management and illness prevention;
- Financing health care (incentives, insurance);
- Efficiency in health care systems.
- Case studies of economics in public health;
- Economic evaluation in health care (core concepts, study design, using economic evaluation in decision making, critical appraisal).
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture ||10 weeks||1 per week||3 hours |
Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester
Method of Assessment:
|Exam 1 ||90 || Answer 3 questions from 6 equally weighted (including 1 compulsory question) |
|Presentation 1 ||10 ||Group presentation of critical appraisal of an economic evaluation |
Dr T Langley
To give students a basic understanding of the methods of economic analysis as applied to health, to health care and to clinical and public health research.
At the end of the module students will have acquired the following outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
- Understand basic economic concepts
- Understand how they are applied to health and health care, with a focus on public health
- Gain an in-depth knowledge of economic evaluation of health interventions
- Be able to critically evaluate public health problems by assessing the evidence of effectiveness
- Be able to critically evaluate public health problems in relation to policy and strategy development and implementation to improve population health and well being.
- Be able to conduct a critical appraisal of an economic evaluation
- Be able to critically appraise literature in the field
- Be able to synthesize knowledge acquired across the field of study
- Be able to critically evaluate different research methodologies and evidence
- Be able to make evidence-based recommendations on public health issues
Professional practical skills
- apply concepts fundamental to health economics research
- communicate effectively with peers and professionals in the field
- conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to their professional role within a multi-disciplinary environment
Transferable (key) skills
- evaluate written or numeric information drawing justified conclusions from the evidence to enhance evidence-based practice.
Offering School: Medicine
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