School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Health Economics and Financing for Developing Countries (PHCM9443)

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Course is offered in two different modes:

1) 4-day workshop, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, 27 – 30 November 2017
2) Externally by distance mode

The goal of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and fundamental economic arguments that are central to discussions about health policy options and resource allocation choices. While the concepts, theories and models discussed are relevant to countries at all levels of development, this course focuses primarily on their application to in low- and middle-income countries. Participants will explore health care systems in these countries as a rich source of data and case studies through which to analyse resource allocation decision-making. They will then consider how to better deliver and finance services to improve health outcomes in these countries.

The course begins with an introduction to the key concepts commonly used by economists. The field of health economics is then introduced through examples of the specific types of policy questions that this sub-discipline can help address. We then move onto questions of demand, supply and markets and explore areas of market failure in health care and the mechanisms to counteract these failures. Lastly, we will explore the changing world of health care financing and consider where funding for health care comes from, how it is used. This course will only briefly touch upon the process of economic evaluation since it is covered in another complementary course (PHCM9440).