## ES30083: Health economics

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Owning Department/School: Department of Economics
Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Period:
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
• Coursework 1 (CW 30%)
• Coursework 2 (CW 70%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take ES20011
Description: Aims:
The aim of the unit is to present the main themes in health economics, and health care policy, both from a theoretical and empirical stance.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit the student should be able to:
* Apply key microeconomic techniques to problems related to health and health care markets.
* Apply/understand statistical and econometric techniques to problems related to health and health care. (Interpret output from regressions).
* Describe and evaluate key current policy issues related to health. Compare health policies.
* Evaluate and present journal articles from the health economics literature.
* Discuss main trends in health care and identify/design solutions to those problems.

Skills:

* Problem solving: Critical evaluation
* Numeracy: Mathematical operations, Interpretation of mathematics, Econometrics and statistics
* Communication: Presentation Skills, Independent inquiry.

Content:
The unit will cover the following topics:
1) Introduction to health economics (Trends in health spending, cross country comparisons, elementary concepts and selected topics in modern health economics)
2) The Production of Health
3) Cost effectiveness/ cost benefit analysis
4) Demand for medical Care
5) Imperfect Information and medical care
6) Health Insurance
7) Physician Behaviour
8) Hospital Behaviour
9) Health Behaviour: Economics of Cigarettes, Alcohol and Obesity
10) Experiments in Health: Incentives and Habit Formation
11) Economic epidemiology: HIV/Aids.
Programme availability:

#### ES30083 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
• UHES-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics (Year 3)
• UHES-AAB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UHES-AKB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• UHES-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics (Year 3)
• UHES-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UHES-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• UHES-ACB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 4)
• UHES-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics (Year 3)
• UHES-AAB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UHES-AKB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• UHES-ACB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 4)
• UHES-ACB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 4)

 Notes: This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2020/21 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2021/22 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2020/21. Programmes and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures. Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.