Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals

University of York
Health economics
Course outline: 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals aims to provide you with the basic principles and tools of health economics so that you can understand the work place situations you encounter from an economic perspective and apply basic economic concepts in your work.

Module 1 - Basic Economic Concepts: The module introduces the basic concepts of economics and why they are relevant to the study of health and health care. The module covers scarcity and choice, opportunity cost, average and marginal cost, supply and demand, consumer and producer surplus, different types of market, and decision making under uncertainty.

Module 2 - Health Economics: Concepts and Analysis: The module introduces the concepts, models and methods that are used by health economists to analyse health care systems. Topics covered include the demand and supply of health care, provider reimbursement and equity in health care provision.

Module 3 - Introduction to Health Care Evaluation: The module introduces the basic methods of economic evaluation and critical appraisals of published studies. Topics include the forms of economic evaluation (e.g. cost-minimisation analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis, cost-benefit analysis) and how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of studies and study design.

Type of training: 
Postragduate Certificate (3 modules, 12 weeks per module)
Delivery mode: 
Face to face
United Kingdom
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