PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face Semester 2 Online Online
- This unit introduces students to the theoretical and conceptual frameworks from economics and other disciplines that enable them to critically analyse the functioning of a health system. Special features of healthcare markets that make them different from other markets are examined, and the role of economic incentives, competition and regulation in the operations of a health system are explored. Methods and techniques for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of healthcare programs are discussed, with emphasis on their integration into resource allocation and decision making. Current policy issues and proposals for healthcare reform in developed and developing countries are reviewed.
- Students are able to (1) acquire an understanding of how economic methods can be used to analyse a health system and of the relationships between its components; (2) demonstrate the use of economic methods in the evaluation of healthcare decisions and healthcare policies; and (3) recognise the importance of equity in the financing and management of health systems.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) tutorial assessment and an in-class quiz; (2) a major assignment; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Assistant Professor Ian Li
- Contact hours
- lectures/Practical Classes: 3 hours per week
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