Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) discuss different models of health systems, how they are organised and managed, and their strengths and weaknesses; (2) identify the components that make up a health system and how these components are inter-related; (3) describe funding models for healthcare, and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each model; (4) discuss how health markets form, and the role of policy in health markets; (5) discuss the concept of economic evaluation in healthcare and its application in priority setting; (6) describe the objectives of health systems, and understand how health system performance can be measured; and (7) outline emerging and contemporary issues of policy importance in Australia and globally.


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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Enamul Hoque
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
NOTE CAREFULLY. This unit is shared across a number of different courses, and is available face-to-face at Crawley, and online at Crawley. 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.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.