ECON3205 Health Economics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Economics; Professional Economics major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
The purpose of this unit is to introduce the student to the methods of health economics and demonstrate how these methods can be applied to analyse issues in health policy and management. Topics covered include the institutions of the Australian system of health care and health statistics, evaluation techniques, production of health, demand for health care and technology, moral hazard and adverse selection in health insurance markets and health labour markets.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop a theoretical and practical knowledge of methods used by health economists; (2) have an understanding of contemporary research questions and economic thought on improving health policy; (3) gain an understanding of key analytical tools used in health economics; (4) acquire extensive knowledge of current issues, the policy environment in Australia and other countries; and (5) apply methods to facilitate the empirical evaluation of alternative health policies.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) test; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Simon Chang
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ECON2233 Microeconomics: Policy and Applications
Contact hours
workshops/lectures/tutorials: up to 3 hours per week
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