Economic Evaluation 2

Subject POPH90095 (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 2, 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 and six 4-hour lectures during semester
Total Time Commitment: Students will be expected to undertake additional study (i.e. outside the stated contact hours) of at least two hours for each hour of contact in this subject.
Prerequisites: 505-907 Economic Evaluation I, or approval of the Subject Coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Dr Arthur Hsueh, Mr Steve Crowley


Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics
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Subject Overview: This subject is aimed at: consolidating student knowledge and skills of conventional microeconomic evaluation techniques covered in Economic Evaluation I; and giving students an understanding of the key issues in moving from economic evaluation to priority setting and health service planning.

Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should:
  • have developed skills in critical appraisal of the economic literature through a greater awareness of key issues in economic evaluation methods;
  • have developed skills in writing protocols for the design and conduct of an economic evaluation (to provide a firmer basis for a Masters or Doctorate thesis involving economic evaluation);
  • have a clearer appreciation of the role and usefulness of decision-tree analysis and associated modelling techniques in undertaking economic evaluation;
  • have an understanding of the protocol design issues in undertaking economic evaluations alongside clinical trials; be able to appraise critically PBMA studies and other approaches to economic evaluation (such as discrete choice modelling and cost value analysis);
  • be able to appraise the relative strengths of both economic and non-economic approaches to priority setting; and
  • be able to appraise which approach to priority setting might be appropriate for different decision contexts.

Class participation in discussion demonstrating knowledge of prescribed readings (10%), one major essay of up to 3,000 words (60%), and four exercises (30%).

Prescribed Texts: A set of readers which include additional readings will be provided.
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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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
Health Program Evaluation
Public Health

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