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Unit information: Health Economics in 2020/21

Unit name Health Economics
Unit code EFIMM0038
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Stephanie von Hinke
Open unit status Not open

ECONM1010 Microeconomics;

ECONM1022 Econometrics.



School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit aims to provide comprehensive training in using economic analyses to explore different aspects of the economics of health and health care. The unit will cover topics such as the demand for health, the developmental origins hypothesis in economics, the economics of obesity and risky health behaviours, performance indicators, and cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis. The unit will also discuss interactions between health on the one hand and labour and education on the other. In addition, the course will cover and analyse the recent empirical evidence on such topics. On completing the module, students will be able to understand the main economic theories and empirical applications in the area, as well as evaluate existing and new health policies and interventions within a formal economic framework.

Intended learning outcomes

This unit provides a thorough and in-depth treatment of different theories and concepts in the economics of health and health care. It ensures that students obtain a rigorous understanding of the main economic theories in the area, allowing them to evaluate health policies and interventions within a formal economic framework. This will enable them to critically evaluate journal articles and start discussing their own independent research projects.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Details

Coursework (25%) and Online Exam (75%)

Reading and References

  • A. Jones. The Elgar Companion to Health Economics, Second Edition, EE
  • S. Folland, A. Goodman, M. Stano. The Economics of Health and Health Care. Pearson
  • M. Drummond, et al. Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes. OUP
  • S. Glied, P. Smith. The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics. OUP
  • P. Zweifel, F. Breyer, M. Kifmann. Health Economics, Springer