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Undergraduate Course: Health Economics (ECNM10082)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Economics CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is an Honours option course for undergraduate students reading for single and joint Honours degrees offered by the School of Economics.

It introduces students to the issues, theory and applications of health economics, placing emphasis on current empirical research in the field.

The course will likely cover topics such as: indicators and economic determinants of health, social and economic inequalities in health, the market for medical care and health insurance, the role of government in health provision, comparative analysis of health care systems, health care in developing countries, and health in the context of economic growth.

The material will be primarily taught through lectures. Students are expected to read, understand, and present current research in health economics, as well as conduct empirical analysis of existing health datasets using STATA.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Essentials of Econometrics (ECNM10052) AND Topics in Microeconomics (ECNM10070)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students are strongly encouraged to also take Applications of Econometrics (ECNM10056). For those who students have not taken ECNM10056 or are not taking it concurrently, there will be compulsory extra lectures on identification and empirical methods in health economics. These extra lectures, where attendance will be recorded, will take place one hour per week for the first 5 weeks of the semester.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents should usually have at least 3 Economics courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. This MUST INCLUDE courses in Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Econometrics. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A knowledge and understanding of key concepts, issues and models in health economics, as well as empirical methodology and recent advances in research in health economics.
  2. Research and investigative skills such as problem framing and solving and the ability to assemble and evaluate complex evidence and arguments. Framing a testable hypothesis within an economic model, and using existing data to evaluate it with the help of econometric techniques.
  3. Communication skills in order to critique, create and communicate understanding and to collaborate with and relate to others.
  4. Personal effectiveness through task-management, time-management, teamwork and group interaction, dealing with uncertainty and adapting to new situations, personal and intellectual autonomy through independent learning.
  5. Practical/technical skills such as, modelling skills (abstraction, logic, succinctness), qualitative and quantitative analysis and general IT literacy.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Inquiry
B1. The ability to identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied economic problems and identify or devise approaches to investigate and solve these problems.
B3. The ability to critically assess existing understanding of economic and social issues, the limitations of that understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and understanding of those issues.
B4. The ability to question the principles, methods, standards and boundaries of economic knowledge

Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
C1. The ability to be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement.
C4. The ability to collaborate and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views.

D1. The ability to make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, create and communicate understanding.
D2. The ability to further their own learning through effective use of feedback.
D3. The ability to use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others.

Personal Effectiveness
E1. The ability to manage tasks and also skills in time-management.
E4. The ability to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking.
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 x 2:00 hour lecture per week for 10 weeks.
Seminars/Tutorials to be arranged in addition (details below).

For those who students have not taken Applications of Econometrics (ECNM10056) or are not taking it concurrently, there will be compulsory extra lectures on identification and empirical methods in health economics. These extra lectures, where attendance will be recorded, will take place one hour per week for the first 5 weeks of the semester.
Course organiserDr Dimitra Politi
Tel: (0131 6)50 4060
Course secretaryMs Dawn Everett
Tel: (0131 6)51 5958
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