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MD990 - Introduction to Health Economics (for non-economists)

  • Module code: MD990
  • Module name: Introduction to Health Economics (for non-economists)
  • Department: WMS, Postgraduate Taught & CPD
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

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.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you will be able to: Demonstrate an advanced understanding of key economic concepts, such as opportunity cost and marginal analysis, and justify the use of these concepts to inform healthcare decision-making Critique international healthcare systems by applying alternative theories of distributive justice underpinning healthcare provision Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the principles behind the measurement and valuation of costs and health outcomes in economic evaluation, and be able to critically evaluate implementation of these principles in real-life economic evaluations Critique the use of modelling in economic evaluation

Timetabled teaching activities

5 days

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: MD990-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Healthcare Operational Management (B9AA) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Health Research (B9C2) - Year 1