Health Economics & Program Evaluation

Subject 505-100 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hours per week.
Total Time Commitment: Students will be expected to undertake additional study (i.e. outside the stated contact hours) of at least 2 hours for each hour of contact in this subject.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Victorian Consortium for Public Health
Subject Overview:

This subject provides an introduction to health economics, and to the principles, methods and research skills required for the economic evaluation and/or program evaluation of health care programs. As such, students will have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the contribution health economics and program evaluation make to the practice of public health.

There are two principal areas of learning within this unit:

  • 1. Health economics/economic evaluation, which introduces students to the role and usefulness of economic analysis through provocative lectures on selected topics of policy interest;
  • 2. Health program evaluation, which provides a basic introduction to program evaluation principles and design applicable to public health programs.

One essay of 2000-2500 words (40%) due 20th September.

One essay of 2000-2500 words (40%) due 1st November.

Tutorial exercises (20%)

Prescribed Texts:

A volume of key readings will be provided.

Owen, John M. Program Evaluation: Forms and Approaches (3rd ed.) New York: Guilford Publications, 2006 298 pp. ISBN: 1-59385-406-4 $38

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Subject level: 400

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Notes: This subject is a Master of Public Health Consortium subject.

Subject Coordinators: Ms Rosemary McKenzie (Program Evaluation) 8344 0660 and (Health Economics) Dr Arthur Hsueh 8344 0649.

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health

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