Economic Evaluation 1

Subject 505-907 (2008)

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - 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


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture/seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Students will be expected to undertake additional study (i.e. outside the stated contact hours) of two hours for each hour of contact in this subject (i.e. six hours per week on average)
Prerequisites: 505-100 Health Economics and Program Evaluation (or equivalent) is desirable but not essential.
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:


Ctr for Hlth Policy,Programs & Economics
Subject Overview:

This subject explores the basic concepts, methods and applications of economic evaluation in the health sector (and public health in particular).

On completion of this subject, students should have:
• acquired an understanding of the rationale for economic appraisal and its role in health service planning and priority setting;
• developed an appreciation of the various techniques for economic appraisal and key issues in protocol design; and
• developed the necessary skills to undertake critical appraisal of economic evaluation studies.

Assessment: Four exercises (20% each), one major essay of up to 3,000 words (50%), one student presentation (15%) and student participation in seminar discussion (15%).
Prescribed Texts: Drummond et al. Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Services, 3rd Ed. Oxford University Press: 2005.Resources Provided to Students: Additional readings and case studies will be distributed to students in the first week of classes.
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Level: 500
Links to further information:

This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health.

Subject Coordinator: Dr Arthur Hsueh (8344 0649,

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Master of Social Health (Health Policy)

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