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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8083697, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
EP2093, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HEALTH ECONOMICS
Department of reference Department of Economics and Management
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge VINCENZO REBBA SECS-P/03
Other lecturers ELENA PIZZO

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-P/03 Finance 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First trimester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 07/12/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione AA 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 REBBA VINCENZO (Presidente)
DOSI CESARE (Membro Effettivo)
PIZZO ELENA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students should have good knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics and public finance at the undergraduate level. Knowledge of basic mathematical analysis and statistics is also required.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will illustrate how economists analyse the demand for health and health care and the delivery of health care services. Emphasis will be given to the link between economic theory and health policy, introducing the student to topical issues.

The main goal of the course is to develop the following specific skills and abilities:

• knowledge of the main theoretical models used in health economics;
• knowledge of the mechanisms that regulate the demand for and the supply of health care services;
• ability to conduct cost-effectiveness analysis of health care interventions;
• knowledge of functioning, organization and financing of different health care systems.
Examination methods: Written exam (open questions and exercises).
Assessment criteria: Assessment criteria will be the following:
• completeness of acquired knowledge;
• knowledge of the specific theoretical concepts and terminology of health economics;
• ability to use theoretical concepts to describe the health-related individual behaviour in different institutional contexts.
Course unit contents: The course will:
• illustrate the theoretical fundamental concepts related to the economic analysis of the health care sector.
• provide students with the instruments to analyse the relationship between efficiency and equity in the health care sector;
• provide knowledge of functioning, organization and financing of different health care systems.

Especially, the course will consider the following nine specific topics:
1. Health and health care as determinants of welfare and economic growth
2. Characteristics of the health care sector and reasons of public intervention (with a special focus on voluntary health insurance issues)
3. Demand for health and health care: the Grossman model
4. The health care ‘market’: principal-agent issues in the patient-doctor relationship and health care demand management (cost-sharing and waiting times)
5. Supply of health care: performance, costs and funding of health care and hospital services
6. Expenditure, performance and sustainability of health care systems
7. Health Technology Assessment: measuring costs and outcomes of new biomedical technologies and pharmaceuticals
8. Cost-benefit analysis, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, and Cost-Utility Analysis of health care programmes
9. Decision Making Analysis: modelling in economic evaluation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons take place with the use of Power Point slides. Additionally, examples of exercises and applications of theoretical concepts will be discussed. Active participation of students will be stimulated.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Optional supplementary readings besides the textbook:
Drummond M., Sculpher M., Claxon C., Stoddard G., Torrance G., et al Methods for the Economic Evaluation in Health Care Programmes, Oxford 2015.
Morris S, Devlin N, Parkin D, Spencer A., Economic Analysis in health care, Wiley 2007. Chapter 12.6

Any information and teaching material will be available on the e-learning webpage (moodle) The access key to that page will be announced during the first lesson.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bhattacharya, Jay; Tu, Peter, Health EconomicsJay Bhattacharya, Timothy Hyde, Peter Tu. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production