Health Economics. ECON4052

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course will introduce students to the key concepts, methods, and applications of economics to health and health care. The course will investigate core theories underpinning health economics, examine related empirical evidence to these theories, and stimulate students to critically think about the major challenges health care systems face and how health economics can play a role in understanding and mitigating those challenges.


10 x 1-hour lecture;

10 x 1-hour workshop.


Please refer to MyCampus for timetable.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to an Honours programme in Economics or a minimum grade C3 (average) in Economics 2A and 2B for students taking an Honours programme in another subject.

Excluded Courses



ILO (covered)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.

Course Aims

The course aims to enable students to:

■ Understand key economic theories and techniques in approaching issues of health and health care

■ Critically examine empirical evidence related to the economic theories

■ Apply these theories and techniques to critically analyse real-world issues in health and health care

■ Appreciate different perspectives on health and health care issues 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Explain and apply core theories and techniques underpinning health economics, and critically evaluate related empirical evidence to these theories

2. Analyse and critique multiple perspectives on health and health care issues and the limitations of economic theory and techniques

3. Apply economic theories and techniques and collect empirical evidence to critically analyse real-world issues in health and health care

4. Work collaboratively in a group to produce a combined piece of coursework, by liaising with other class members, allocating tasks and co-ordinating group meetings.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.