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ECO3022 : Health Economics

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Barbara Eberth
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To examine the economist's toolkit for its usefulness in the process of health policy development.

This course introduces students to health economics as a discipline. Health economics is an applied subject with a considerable amount of policy relevance. At the end of this module students should have a grounding in health economics, see how economic theory can be applied to the health area, and understand how such issues can influence public policy.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to health economics
The market for health care, insurance and market failure
Supply side issues
Economic evaluation
The Demand for Health
The Production of Health
Health Inequalities

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00To be delivered PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Seminars to be delivered PIP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0032:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide an overview of the subject area, together with more in-depth coverage of core issues.
Seminars allow students to develop and demonstrate their analytical ability in addressing the issues of the module.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100N/A
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MGroup project formative assessment for seminars
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is designed to test the students' ability to apply economic theory to the core issues of health economics.

Students are expected to give a group presentation as part of formative assessment to receive feedback.

Reading Lists