Health Economics and Health Policy

Expenditures for health care constitute are large and growing share of total public and private expenditures, which has led to concern amongst policy-makers in many countries. On the other hand, the health sector produces a valuable output, health and health care, and hence it contributes to the general well-being of the population.

The Major Health Economics and Health Policy approaches the health system from two complementary perspectives, the economic and the political science perspectives. The principal goal is to characterize how scarce resources can be allocated in the health care market, combining both positive and normative aspects. We will discuss how health can be valued economically, why there is a demand and supply of health care, and how the specific characteristics of health as a good influence the behavior of the key actors (individuals/patients, health care providers and health insurers) in the market. We consider the role of policy-makers in regulating the health sector and bringing change towards improving the health of the population. To this end, students will develop the skills to design, implement and evaluate public health policies.

The curriculum covers the following topics:

  • Principles of Health Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Health Insurance Economics
  • Behavioral Health Economics
  • Economics of Disability
  • Evaluation of Public Health Policies
  • Health Care Management
  • Health Care Financing
  • Health Systems Research

The Major Health Economics and Health Policy is designed for students building up a professional or academic career in the public health sector, or in a health related field, and aiming at a leadership position.

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