PUBH5801 Economic Evaluation of Health Care

6 points
(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.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit comprises concepts in study design for economic evaluation; techniques of economic appraisal including cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis and cost-benefit analysis; an understanding of standard methodology including sensitivity analysis, discounting, willingness to pay and health state utility measurement; and procedures and roles in decision making for resource allocation in health care.
Students are able to (1) explain the need for economic evaluation in the health sector, and how economic evaluation informs priority setting; (2) describe the main economic evaluation conceptual frameworks and methodologies; (3) assess costs and outcomes for the purposes of economic evaluation; (4) describe issues and limitations in economic evaluation methods; and (5) develop knowledge of sources of data that supplement economic evaluation studies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment - development of a cost-effectiveness study; (2) presentation of a cost-effectiveness proposal; and (3) a take-home test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ian Li
Unit rules
PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics or MGMT5530 Healthcare Systems, Policy and Governance or equivalent
Contact hours
1 week full-time
This unit is taught in intensive face-to-face mode over the week 6 - 10 December 2021. Readings are made available in LMS two weeks prior to the teaching week. It is not possible to audit this unit. If you wish to undertake this unit as professional development without assessment please email [email protected]
This unit is an advanced unit in health economics and will be taught every second year, uneven years only.
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