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Health economics, health financing and policy

Program Overview

“Health economics” as a course is meant to give health professionals the basic principles regarding economics and its application to the health sector to help them in making decisions. The program targets health professionals with no backgrounds in health economics. It will provide a solid understanding on how the behavior of individuals, patients, insurers, and providers affect the health system. The module takes a comprehensive approach in examining both the theoretical background and applications of health economics.

Health Economics Tracks

The program is composed of two different tracks, with each track targeting a different management level. The two tracks in this program are: 1) senior-level managers 2) mid- junior level managers and health care providers. While the core of the program remains the same, the different tracks will encompass different exercises, case studies, assignments, and field projects.

Participant who complete the three-month program requirements will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma Certificate (PGDC) issued by International Academy of Public Health (IAPH) and accredited by Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).

Eligibility criteria

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in health, medical, behavioral, or social sciences, or another field related to public health or disaster management
  2. Demonstrated ability to study in English
  3. Preferable: work experience in a health-related setting

Language of Instruction

Arabic and English

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Define economic theory basic principles of economics at micro and macro levels
  2. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the application of health economics in healthcare decision making
  3. Apply a critical awareness of current issues in health economic evaluations
  4. Implement health economic evaluations in clinical practice scenarios
  5. Understand what is cost in an economic evaluation
  6. Identify factors of resource use relevant to decision making

Training Courses

Participants in this program will complete the following five short courses:

  1. Health system management
  2. Introduction to health economics
  3. Principles of healthcare financing
  4. Economic evaluation
  5. Applied research for health economics

Field Work

Participants spend seven weeks in the field in order to be exposed to real-life situations and to practice the skills they gain with the guidance of a dedicated mentor. The following field projects are expected to be conducted during the field work period:

  1. Conduct analysis of health expenditure on HIV/AIDS in the participant’s municipality, program, or department

Required for administrative (mid-level and junior staff) and providers tracks

  1. Use the income quantile data to conduct equity analysis for the mother and child health services in the participant’s municipality, program, or department

Required for senior and mid-level mangers

  1. Develop plan to institutionalize monitoring expenditure system in the participant’s municipality, program, department, or nation
  2. Develop policy brief, based on the equity analysis, to suggest reform in health financing system for universal health coverage at the country level
  3. Analyze the weaknesses and strengths in the national health financing system

At the end of the program, participants reconvene for final presentations and discussions.

Targeted Group

Current and potential public health workers (mid-level managers and technical officers).

 

Training Delivery Method

  1. In-class method
  2. Blended learning method
  • Number of Coursers: 5 Courses
  • Duration: 3 Months

Accredited By

Certificate

Participant who complete the three-month program requirements will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma Certificate (PGDC).

Courses in this Program

IAPH

Health System Management

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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IAPH

Introduction to health economics

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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IAPH

Principles of healthcare financing

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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IAPH

Economic Evaluation

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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IAPH

Applied Research for health economics

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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