Health Economics


About this course

Health economics is a special form of economics. Just as in any economic analysis, attention is paid to benefits, costs, efficiency and equity of actions of economic agents (i.e., consumers). However, health and health care have several special characteristics. For instance, preferences are often situation-specific, consumption of health and care can be context and region specific, there exists information asymmetry as a result of the knowledge gap between consumers and healthcare professionals, there exist various types of health care systems each with their own specific attributes, and health in itself may be considered non-tradeable. As a result, health decision makers as well as health-related goods and services deserve a special focus when it comes to economic evaluation.
In this course, students are introduced to key concepts from (behavioural) economics, applied in the domain of health and care. We will apply these concepts to i) understand health behaviour, both rational and non-rational, ii) conduct economic evaluations of health, care and healthcare systems (e.g., through cost-effectiveness analysis and examining efficiency and equity of health interventions), and iii) explore what this means for individuals, organisations and governments aiming to promote healthier behaviour (e.g., through nudging, boosting, or regulation).

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of (behavioural) economic approaches to analyse health decision making
  • Demonstrate understanding of supply and demand on the marketplace of Health and care
  • Identify societal issues pertaining to consumption and provision in the domain of Health and care
  • Apply (behavioural) economic insights to understand and analyse concrete issues in the domain of Health and care

Link to more information

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  • Start date

    28 October 2024

    • Ends
      20 December 2024
    • Term *
      Period 2
    • Location
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    • Register between
      1 Jun, 00:00 - 29 Sept 2024
These offerings are valid for students of Utrecht University