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ECON6038 Health Policy and Economics

Module Overview

The growing expertise in health economics at the Department of Economics offers a unique opportunity for the introduction of a health policy and economics module. The importance of health for any human being, the size of the health sector, the limited resources available to meet the needs of an aging population (with higher levels of chronic disease) make health economics an important aspect of everyday life. At the same time, the relevance of health economics to a large number of sectors (e.g. health services, public health, medicine, pharmaceutical and health technology industry) makes this module of direct interest to postgraduate programme in Global Health, Public Health and other health related studies. This module is offered as a compulsory module in the MSc Global Health programme.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts behind health economic analysis and decision making
  • Understand the basic premise under which allocation decisions in the public health field are taken
  • Understand the structure and functioning of health care markets
  • Critically analyse the advantage and disadvantage of government intervention in health care
  • Apply a global perspective to understanding the resource implications and economic efficiency of health care systems


The module will provide an introduction to the economics of health, health care markets and public policy. Six themes are covered: 1. Intro to Economics: economics, economic theory and applied economic analysis 2. Demand for Health: Grossman Model and causality 3. Public Health: economics of addiction 4. Economic Evaluation: theoretical and empirical introduction to economic evaluation 5. Market failures: Insurance, moral hazard, selection and causality 6. Health care systems: UK and international

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will consist of lectures with theoretical analysis and real-world examples and applications to improve students' learning and analytical skills. In-class group discussions of research papers will facilitate deeper understanding and encourage critical thinking.

Independent Study130
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Other. You will access to relevant study materials including lecture slides, selected reading and assignment details/electronic submission via Blackboard.


Assessment Strategy

The overall pass mark for the module is 50% with a required minimum of 40% in each assessed component. If the overall mark is less than 50% when the weighting has been applied to the components, this constitutes a failure of the module. Students who have failed the module will be referred in the components in which they did not achieve at least 50%.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 50%
Exam  (2 hours) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 50%
Exam  (2 hours) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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