Handbook

Health Economics and Economic Evaluation

Year and Campus: 2017

Coordinator

Dr Arthur Hsueh

Contact

ahsueh@unimelb.edu.au

Overview:

Students specialising in Health Economics will learn to appreciate and apply core concepts and theories behind health economics as a way of thinking. The specialisation equips students with essential knowledge and skills in micro-economics to allow them to analyse and discuss key policy issues in public health from an “economic” perspective. Students often choose to combine Health Economics with related subjects (e.g., Economic Evaluation, Health Systems and Health Policy). Students are also encouraged to take an introductory subject in Linear and Logistic Regression.

Students specialising in Economic Evaluation will learn to recognise the kinds of situations and issues which require economic evaluation, the types of economic appraisal available, and the strengths and limitations of different types of economic appraisal. Students will develop knowledge and skills in economic evaluation which will allow them to conduct systematic critical reviews, formulate economic evaluation protocols and perform economic appraisals. Students are encouraged to combine Economic Evaluation with subjects in Biostatistics, Epidemiology (which provide the evidence-base for economic appraisal), and Health Program Evaluation (introducing complementary forms of appraisal).

Learning Outcomes:

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Structure & Available Subjects:

Standard 200 Point Program (no Advanced Standing):

SIX core subjects and NINE elective subjects and the Capstone Selective POPH90227 Public Health in Practice OR
SIX core subjects, EIGHT elective subjects and either a Research Project or Professional Practice unit

Students granted 25 Credit Points Advanced Standing:

SIX core subjects and SEVEN elective subjects and the Capstone Selective POPH90227 Public Health in Practice OR
SIX core subjects, SIX elective subjects and either a Research Project or Professional Practice unit

Students granted 50 Credit Points Advanced Standing:

FIVE core subjects and SIX elective subjects and the Capstone Selective POPH90227 Public Health in Practice OR
FIVE core subjects and FIVE elective subjects and either a Research Project or Professional Practice unit

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Student must complete POPH90217 unless they have been granted 50 points Advanced Standing (150 point program) or an exemption has been granted.

Highly Recommended Electives for Health Economics & Economic Evaluation

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Recommended Electives for Health Economics & Economic Evaluation

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Capstone

There are three Capstone options to choose from - please refer to the Course Entry for detailed information on each of these:

  1. Research Project
  2. Professional Practice Unit
  3. Capstone selective subject (POPH90227 Public health in Practice) and an additional elective.

Pre-requisite Subjects for the Research Project Option in Health Economics & Economic Evaluation

Please refer to the Subject Entries below for detailed information on the research project pre-requisites for this specialisation.

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Related Course(s): Master of Public Health

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