Health Economics

Health Economics

Year: This course will not run in 2018-19. This course will next be available in 20219-20.
Course code: ECON4052
Course credits: 15
Taught: Semester 2 
Course co-ordinator: Dr Robert McMaster
Entry requirements: Normally admission to an honours programme in Economics.
Available to visiting students: Yes
Contact for more information: Gillian Weir

Course description

The course aims to introduce students to the key themes of economic theory as applied to health and medical care issues. The course will investigate alternative systems for organising and financing health and medical care; the controversial nature of applying economic theories to health, and the main techniques of health care evaluation.  By the end of this course students will be able to elucidate and explain the distinctive economic features of health care; critically analyse the mainstream approach to health economics, be aware of critiques of the mainstream approach, and be able to describe and explain the nature of alternative economic approaches; compare and contrast the standard health economic evaluation techniques and apply them to appropriate circumstances and critically analyse the merits and otherwise of an array of alternative governance and financial arrangements in providing health care.

Learning and teaching methods

20 hours of lectures (10 x 2 hours), Friday, 10.00 am -12.00 noon

Course texts

To be confirmed


An essay of 2,000 words (30%)
A 2-hour degree exam (April/May) (70%)