Health Economics 1

Subject POPH90094 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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 per week.
Total Time Commitment: In addition to the stated contact hours, students are expected to spend at least 2 hours of study for each hour of contact.

505-100 Health Economics and Program Evaluation is desirable but not essential.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Dr Arthur Hsueh


Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics
Telephone: +61 3 8344 9111
Email: chppe-enquiries@


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824

Subject Overview:

This subject explores and further applies the concepts covered in the Health Economics section of Health Economics and Program Evaluation. The subject comprises four parts:

  1. Dimensions of Health Economics;
  2. Microeconomic Tools for Health Economics;
  3. The Australian Health Care System from an Economic Perspective (including government intervention and economic rationalism); and
  4. Health Economics and Public Policy (including Medicare).


On completion of this subject, students should comprehend the principles, concepts and theory underpinning health economics and their relevance to issues in health care policy (and public health in particular); and have developed the necessary skills to use the health economics approach.


Four exercises (5% each), one major essay of 3,000 words (50%), one student presentation (15%) and student participation in seminar discussion (15%).

Prescribed Texts:
  • Duckett, S.J., 2005. The Australian Health Care System, 2nd Ed, Oxford University Press.
  • Folland, Goodman and Stano, 2004. The Economics of Health and Health Care, 4th Ed. Pearson Education Inc.

Resources Provided to Students: Additional readings and case studies will be distributed.

Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

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

Related Course(s): Master of Environment
Master of Environment
Postgraduate Certificate in Environment
Postgraduate Diploma in Environment
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Health Economics/Economic Evaluation
Public Health

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