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Health Economics 2 (POPH90229)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90229
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Intended 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.

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

Eligibility and requirements



Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
POPH90094 Health Economics 1
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
POPH90209 Comparative Health Systems

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • 2 exercises equivalent to 1,200 words (worth 25% each) due in week 7 and week 11 (50%)
  • One individual oral presentation (3 minutes per person - A snapshot of the major essay) held in Week 12 (10%)
  • One major essay of 2500 words maximum due in the end of semester examination period (40%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorArthur Hsueh
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 hours (2 days per week)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information


    Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


    Currently enrolled students:

    Future Students:

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    1. Folland et al., “The Economics of Health and Health Care”, 7th Edition, 2013, Pearson Education Inc.
    2. Andrew Jones, “Applied Econometrics for Health Economists – A Practical Guide”, 2nd Edition, 2007, Radcliffe Publishing.
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 13 July 2019