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Unit information: Health Economics in 2021/22

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

Description including Unit Aims

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 economics of obesity, health insurance, equity in health care finance and delivery, and cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis. 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 Information

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 Information

Coursework (approx. 600 words) (25%)

Exam (approx 1,500-2,000 words) (75%)


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How much time the unit requires
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