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HPOL5000: Health Policy and Health Economics

This unit aims to develop a critical and comparative understanding of the history, theory and practice of health policy as well as provide students with an understanding of the main concepts and analytical methods of health economics and political economy. It gives an overview of the political choices and frameworks that shape decision making in health. By the end of this unit students will be able to: Define the boundaries and key features of health policy; Identify policy instruments and how they function; Understand the main frameworks used for analysing health policy, and different approaches and perspectives regarding setting priorities in health policy; Apply methods and principles of health economics e.g. resource scarcity, opportunity cost, efficiency and equity to practical real-life examples; Critically analyse the role of economic evidence in informing policy decisions in health decision-making in Australia.

Code HPOL5000
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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PUBH5032

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

  • LO1. define the boundaries and key features of health policy
  • LO2. identify policy instruments and how they function
  • LO3. understand the main frameworks used for analysing health policy, and different approaches and perspectives regarding setting priorities in health policy
  • LO4. apply methods and principles of health economics e.g. resource scarcity, incentives, opportunity cost, efficiency, and equity to practical real-life examples
  • LO5. (critically) review the role of economic evidence in informing policy decisions in healthcare in Australia.