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Introduction to Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment MED5615

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Repeated in Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the discipline of health economics and the multi-disciplinary topic of health technology assessment.

Timetable

10 week course delivered online.

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Set exercise (50%), design and illustrate an interactive public engagement style 'game' to illustrate key health economics and health technology assessment concepts

 

Written assignment (50%), maximum 500 words

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the key concepts of health economics and the multi-disciplinary topic of health technology assessment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

 

■ Critically discuss the key concepts of health economics (definitions of health, utility, health care market (supply and demand), outcomes (costs, life years, quality adjusted life years)

■ Critically discuss the key concepts of health technology assessment (definitions of technology, the disciplines involved, the stakeholders, outputs, assessment, appraisal, dissemination, impact)

■ Critically evaluate the contribution of health economics and health technology assessment to health care decision making

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.