Economic Evaluation 2

Subject POPH90095 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

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.



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


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Core Participation Requirements:

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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.


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:

Gray, Applied Methods of Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care, Oxford University Press 2011.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject a student should obtain the following skills:

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Problem-solving
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Persuasion and argument skills
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Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Health Economics and Economic Evaluation
Health Program Evaluation
Public Health

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