Introduction to Health Economics - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assessment - PowerPoint slides with notes (20%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit includes an introduction to economic analysis in health care; the demand for health care; the supply of health care; markets, market failure and the role of government in health care; health care financing arrangements; equity in health care; and economic evaluation in health care.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. interpret key concepts and theories of economics within the context of the health system
  2. analyse a health system from an economic perspective in an international setting
  3. assess the most cost-effective health technology based on methods of economic evaluation
  4. articulate the complexities involved in providing equitable health care in developed and developing countries.
  • Assessment — PowerPoint slides with notes (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Quiz (20%)
  • Review — Written critical review (20%)
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There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Health economics
2Introduction and overview
3Macroeconomics and market failure in health care
4Microeconomics and market failure in health care
5Options for health sector funding
6Economic evaluation of health care
7Purchasing health care
8Methods of payment to medical care providers
9Provider planning and costing
11Option appraisal and the private sector

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