Health Economics 2

Subject POPH90229 (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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (2 days per week)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


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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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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.

  • 2 written assignments (involving calculations, data analysis, reporting, interpretation and critical evaluation) equivalent to 1,200 words each; due in Week 7 and Week 11 (50% total, 25% each)
  • One individual oral presentation (3 minutes per person); due Week 12 (10%)
  • One essay of 2500 words maximum; due in the end of semester examination period (40%)

Prescribed Texts:

Folland et al., “The Economics of Health and Health Care”, 7th Edition, 2013, Pearson Education Inc.
Andrew Jones, “Applied Econometrics for Health Economists - A Practical Guide”, 2nd Edition, 2007, Radcliffe Publishing.

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
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Electives in the Master of Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Disease)
Environment and Public Health
Health Economics and Economic Evaluation
Public Health
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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