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ECON6029: Health Economics and Policy Evaluation

In this unit, students will engage in discussing major health care issues and applying econometric tools to assess the (cost)-effectiveness of health care policy reforms. The following topics are likely to be covered: (1) international health care systems and finance, (2) determinants of the demand and supply of health care and behaviours, (3) inequalities in health and access to care, and (4) current policy reforms such as the introduction of provider incentives and co-payments. Each topic will be accompanied by an empirical application and replication assignment.

Code ECON6029
Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
(ECON5001 or ECON5040 or ECON6701) and (ECMT5001 or ECMT6702 or QBUS5001)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply a range of economic and econometric models to health policy research questions
  • LO2. study key economic models to explain individual health behaviours, and the behaviour of firms (physicians, hospitals & pharma)
  • LO3. demonstrate an understanding of standard econometric techniques to estimate causal effects of policy interventions
  • LO4. discuss relevant material in short, oral presentations to a diverse audience
  • LO5. write concise, short essays
  • LO6. conduct a small research project
  • LO7. learn about and assess public health policies & systems

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.