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EC979: Health Economics

  • Kobi Glazer

    Module Leader
  • Ludovica Gazze

    Module Lecturer
18 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

EC979-18 Health Economics

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding: Demonstrate the ability to apply core economic concepts to health and health care.

Subject knowledge and understanding: Evaluate different approaches to the production, funding, and distribution of health care using health economics and econometrics techniques

Subject knowledge and understanding: Show a clear understanding about the importance of health and health care for the successful functioning of the economy.


The module will typically cover the following topics:

1. Introduction to health economics. 2. The demand for health insurance. 3. Asymmetric information and market failures in the health insurance market. 4. The demand and supply of health services. 5. The design of optimal incentive schemes in health care. 6. Inefficiency and regulation in the health care market. 7. Economic evaluation of health care: measuring the benefits of health care. 8. Economic evaluation of health care: methods and applications. 9. Summary.


Optional Module
L1P6 - Year 1


Assessment Method
Coursework (30%) + 2 hour online examination (May) (70%)
Coursework Details
Problem Set (15%) , Problem Set (15%) , 2 hour online examination (May) (70%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 Hours

Read all instructions carefully- and read through the entire paper at least once before you start entering your answers.

There are TWO sections in this paper. Answer ONE question from Section A (50 marks) and ONE question from Section B (50 marks).

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

You should not submit answers to more than the required number of questions. If you do, we will mark the questions in the order that they appear, up to the required number of questions in each section.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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