ECON5518 Economics of Global Health and Policy

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
This unit provides an analytical framework for applying economic principles to health, and for using health economics evidence to improve the delivery of health services. Topics include the demand and supply of health care services, market failures and government, the economics of health systems, health infrastructure, tax and social health insurance mechanism, maternal and child health and infectious diseases.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) apply the relevant economic principles to identify and address the policy challenges facing the health sector; (2) develop an understanding of empirical techniques and be able to select and apply an appropriate empirical method to address various policy concerns in the health sector; (3) identify the factors that contribute to poor health outcomes; (4) demonstrate the capability to write and speak clearly and concisely on global health economics issues; (5) identify key challenges and respond appropriately to ethical, cultural, social and sustainability issues; and (6) develop competencies to work effectively in diverse teams.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) problem set 1 (individual); (2) problem set 2 (group); and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Michael Palmer
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week
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