Health Economics and Policy

The course gives an introduction to key issues in health economics and policy.


The first part of the course explores the concepts of efficiency and equity, and explains how the assumptions of a perfect market are violated in health care. By applying basic price theory, we discuss how taxes and subsidies can affect our health related behaviour.

The second part deals with health care finance; alternative sources of funding (insurance vs taxation), as well as alternative ways of paying health care providers (activity based or not).

The third part of the course explains methodologies of health economic evaluation, such as cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses. Various ways of measuring health outcomes is discussed with particular emphasis on quality adjusted life years (QALYs). Finally, we discuss some priority relevant issues beyond costs and health outcomes.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
CountryNorway
Language of instruction
InstitutionUiT The Arctic University of Norway
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyHealth (broad programmes)
Teaching placeTromsø
Tagseconomicshealthmethodologypolicy-makinghealth careinsurance
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