PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
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Semester 2OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Dr Khurshid Alam
Contact hours
lectures/Practical Classes: 3 hours per week
Note
NOTE CAREFULLY. This unit is shared across a number of different courses, and is available face-to-face at Crawley, and online at Crawley and 14 other rural locations. Please take care when enrolling to choose both the correct mode and the correct location. Things will work more smoothly if you are co-located with your exam paper.
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