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Unit Overview


This unit develops an understanding of the contribution of economic evaluations to public health interventions. It provides an introduction to economics and health economics in general and in health care. In addition to developing the underlying concepts, students are required to address the value bases of health economics and health care in the Australian setting. Specific issues of health measurement, economic evaluation and priority setting, equity, remuneration and payment systems are covered. The unit has a set of verifiable learning outcomes specified in the form of core competencies. Each student is assigned to a workplace attachment for the unit, with an industry supervisor who is usually also the employment supervisor. All industry supervisors must have completed an in-service program, offered by the Western Australian Centre for Public Health (WACPH) consortium, and designed to familiarise them with the design and principles of applied health economics and the approach to teaching its core competencies. Each student is also assigned an academic supervisor who meets with the student on at least four occasions during the unit. These meetings are for the purposes of (1) explaining the learning outcomes; (2) reviewing and approving the student's study plan; (3) a mid-unit progress review; and (4) a final review of learning achievements. The student's study plan for the unit is devised in discussion with the industry and academic supervisors and is mostly project-based, supplemented by self directed study and demonstrations of core competencies that are otherwise committed from the projects. The study plan must be capable of providing the opportunity for the student to learn and demonstrate all of the core competencies required by the unit. Students must maintain a learning journal for the unit to demonstrate the competencies that they have mastered.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of economics and apply these to the public health context; (2) appreciate how economics fits into the multidisciplinary analysis of public health problems; (3) appraise economic evaluations relevant to public health issues; (4) discuss equity in public health from an economics perspective; and (5) interpret the value judgements and ethical issues underlying an economic framework for public health.


This comprises (1) a report from the industry supervisor on the degree to which the student has demonstrated each core competency; (2) assessment of the student's learning journal by the academic supervisor; and (3) a final oral examination by a panel of one independent industry expert and one academic expert in the field of applied health economics.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Elizabeth Geelhoed
Contact hours
Each student is assigned to a workplace attachment for the unit, with an industry supervisor who is also the employment supervisor. Each student is also assigned an academic supervisor who must meet with the student on at least four occasions during the unit.

A combination of readings and references are advised in consultation with the industry supervisors.

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  • 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.