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Unit Overview


Why are the populations of some countries healthier and live longer than those in other countries? Through a modern and rigorous introduction to global health economics and policy, this unit aims to answer this central question. The unit covers a range of core topics including health inequalities, human resources for health, health care markets, health insurance, economic evaluation, global health systems as well as some special topics such as pandemics, obesity and population ageing.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe the state of health and well-being around the world; (2) identify the factors that contribute to global health inequalities; (3) apply economic theory to some of the leading global health policy challenges; (4) analyse data using analytical tools of economic evaluation; (5) critically assess how different health systems and policy around the world meet broad goals of health, wealth and equity; and (6) demonstrate the competence to write and speak clearly and concisely on the economics of global health and policy..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation; (2) essay; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Michael Palmer
Unit rules
Enrolment in
CM002 Bachelor of Economics and Master of Economics
or 42580 Master of Public Policy
or 42620 Master of Economics
or 42670 Master of Economics
or 41680 Master of Commerce
or 42230 Graduate Certificate in Economics
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.