Health Economics 2

Subject POPH90229 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (2 days per week)
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject aims to (1) consolidate students’ knowledge of health and health system with theories and analytical skills of microeconomics covered in Health Economics 1; and (2) enhance students’ ability to undertake economic analysis of health, health care and health policy related issues. The topics of economic analysis covered in this subject generally include health production; health care quality, provision, and payment methods; efficiency and equity of health care market; health costs control and financing; public and private health insurance; externalities and government’s role in health care, health system reform; and performance and impact of a health policy.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate a health issue or health policy from an economic perspective,
  • Apply economic theories and analysis to the study of a health issue or health policy,
  • Critically examine findings and results of econometric analysis from empirical health economics research.


Two minor assignments (one page each, approximately equivalent to 250 to 300 words) due in week 4 and 8, 5% each assignment (10%)
An oral presentation of 15 minutes (topic will be decided in the second week of the class) presentation starts from the fifth week on, one to three students per week, depending on the number of enrolment (30%)
And an essay of 3000 words due in the examination period (60%)

Prescribed Texts:

Folland et al., “The Economics of Health and Health Care”, 6th Edition, 2010, Pearson Education Inc.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Upon completion of this subjects students should develop the following skills:

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Written communication
  • Persuasion and argument
Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Electives in the Master of Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Disease)
Health Economics and Economic Evaluation
Public Health
Public Health

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