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Introduction to Health Economics (for non-economists)


This module will provide an understanding of economic concepts and their relevance to decisions around the allocation of health care resources.

Participants will be able to critically appraise health economic studies and engage with health economists working with them as advisors or research collaborators.

Module content:

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Economics applied to health and healthcare
    • An overview of key concepts in economic theory and their application in healthcare
  • Healthcare systems – ethical and economic considerations
    • A comparison of alternative international approaches to providing healthcare and the ethical principles underpinning them
  • Conducting and appraising economic evaluations
    • An overview of the principles of economic evaluation, and the methods used to measure and value costs and benefits of healthcare
  • Decision modelling and representations of uncertainty in economic evaluation
    • An overview of the need for modelling in economic evaluation, the methods used for economic models, and how decision uncertainty is presented in economic evaluation

Key Facts

Melissa Parkes / Cheryl Grantham / Nicky Tiwana

Module Leads:Dr Hema Mistry /Samuel Frimpong

Duration: 5 days

Credits: 20

Module Code: MD990

How to apply

Funding Opportunities

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2,000 word written assignment
2,000 word critical appraisal

Study options

Optional module on the Master's in Public Health and MSc in Health Research.