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Introduction to health economics


This introductory course covers the principles of health economics and the basic elements of economic evaluation from conception, through design, data collection and analysis, to interpretation and use in decision making.

The course is intended for public health specialists and researchers who are, or will be, involved in the conduct of research projects that evaluate the cost-effectiveness of health care. The course will also be useful for professionals who would like a better understanding of the quality and clinical practice implications of different economic theories and concepts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic definitions and terminology of health economics
  2. Recognize the basic concepts in health economics
  3. Recognize the role of health economics as part of the health system
  4. Critically review policies and plans addressing health economics

Course Outline

  1. Definition & scope of health economics
  2. Economic objectives (efficiency, equity & effectiveness)
  3. Role of health economics:
    1. In rationing & priority setting
    2. In healthcare policy setting, planning, evaluation & reform
  4. Healthcare market
  5. Supply & demand in healthcare
  6. Macroeconomics indicators

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.