Economic Evaluation 1

Subject POPH90093 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours





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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Dr Arthur Hsueh


Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


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Future Students:

Subject Overview:

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

Learning Outcomes:

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.

  • One minor assignment on critical review of a CEA/CUA paper ,500 words maximum (10%)
  • One minor assignment on modelling, 750 words (15%)
  • One hour mid-semester in class examination (25%)
  • One major essay, 2500 words maximum (50%)

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:


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 subject a student should obtain the following skills:

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Written communication skills
  • Oral communication skills
Links to further information:

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Social Policy
150 Point Master of Social Policy
200 Point Master of Social Policy
Electives in the Master of Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Disease)
Environment and Public Health
Health Economics and Economic Evaluation
Health Program Evaluation
Public Health
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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