Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

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HPI4001  - Economics of Healthcare

Period 1: from 4-9-2023 to 27-10-2023
Coordinator: Hiligsmann, M.
ECTS credits: 6
Language of instruction: English

Publication dates timetable/results in the Student Portal

Deadline publication timetable
The date on which the timetable of this module is available: 18-8-2023

Deadline publication final result
The date on which the final grade of this module is available: 17-11-2023

Resit booking

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Resit date: 14-2-2024

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Course information

Description: EN:

In the unit ‘Economics of Healthcare’ you will get to know more about the discipline, relevance and application of advanced health economics. Health economics is a specific branch within economics concerned with the efficient allocation of scarce resources with respect to health and healthcare. Health economics is a growing field which all professionals in healthcare will be confronted with. In this unit you will look at innovations from an economic perspective. You will deal with theoretical as well as empirical developments. It is assumed that in this unit you have basic knowledge of (health) economics. The unit consists of six interrelated cases: case 1 introduces students to the economic approach of health care, case 2 presents economic theories that are needed to understand and analyze innovations of health care, case 3 is about economic evaluation of healthcare interventions, case 4 is related to organization innovations, case 5 presents the pharmaceutical market and drug development process and case 6 discusses patient involvement in healthcare decisions/HTA.

Skills trainings.

This unit has two skills trainings. You can choose one of the two trainings (whether you are assigned to the training of your first choice depends on the number of available places for each training). During the trainings, you will work in teams of 3-4 students.

  • Economic Evaluation. The purpose of this training is to provide you with knowledge of methods, concepts, key issues and models that are used to assess economic evaluation of healthcare technologies.
  • Institutional Economic Analysis of care innovations. The purpose of this training is to familiarise you with new-institutional economic approaches, including economic organisation theory.

Goals: EN:

Knowledge and understanding:The student:

  • Has knowledge of the most recent approaches within health economics, including health technology assessment, economic organisation theory and institutional economic approaches.
  • Has knowledge of the economic approach of healthcare in order to understand the costs, benefits, and success and failure of care innovations.

Applying knowledge and understanding:The student:

  • Is able to analyse (issues related to) care innovations, by applying knowledge of the most recent approaches within health economics.
  • Can relate the health economics knowledge presented in this unit to identical or comparable problems, cases or types of innovations presented in other master units.

Making judgments:The student:

  • Has a scientific – positive and critical – attitude.
  • Can describe and make judgments about health economics and critically assess recent approaches within health economics.
  • Can make judgments of (actual) problems and themes with respect to care innovations on the basis of economic arguments.

Communication:The student:

  • Can communicate effectively about the knowledge and insights offered in this master unit in writing and orally.

Learning skills:The student has the skills to:

  • Gather relevant information on actual cases regarding care innovation.
  • Analyse actual cases regarding care innovation from a health economic point of view.
  • Work in a collaborative setting.
Key words: EN:
Health economics, economic evaluation, institutional economics.
Literature: This is the link to Keylinks, our online reference list.  
Teaching methods:
  • Assignment(s)
  • Work in workgroup(s)
  • Lecture(s)
  • Paper(s)
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Training(s)
Assessments methods:
  • Final paper
  • Written exam

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