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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

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 part 1 - development of a cost-effectiveness study components; (2) presentation of a cost-effectiveness proposal; and (3) assignment part 2 - development of a cost-effectiveness study protocol. 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
Unit rules
PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics (ID 3924)
Contact hours
1 week full-time
This unit is taught in intensive face-to-face mode over Summer School. 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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  • 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.