Seminar: Health economic analysis

Course content

Following the course will enable the student to understand:

economic valuation of life and health; approaches o the economic valuation of health; the methodology and theoretical backgrounds of the various health analysis approaches; how the different analysis approaches are used.

The various approaches to economic evaluation of health compare the benefits of a health intervention to its cost. We shall focus on comparing health interventions with benefits measured in a one-dimensional scale to status quo and to other interventions; and to compare health interventions with benefits (utility) measured in units of a cardinal utility function with status quo and other interventions; and also to compare interventions, where benefit is measured in money units.

Education

MSc programme of Economics
The seminar is primary for students at the MSc of Economics

Learning outcome

Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA);

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA);

Cost-Utility Analysis (CUA);

Theoretical background of the above; Applied use of CBA, CEA and CUA.

Commitment paper, presentations and final paper must be in English! Introduction (one day); presentation of topics (one day); students presentation of topics (one day) (slideshows); commitment paper; during writing process supervision (one day);. students presentations of seminar papers with students as moderators; writing process, handing in final seminar paper for examination.

Zweifel et al., 2009. Zweifel, P., Breyer, F. og Kifmann, M. (2009). Health Economics. Springer, 2. ed. ISBN no. 978-3-540-27804-7. Plus Handouts and articles.

BA econ, BA scient san publ or similar. Beneficial trade-off from courses on courses such as economic principles and/or health economy.

Schedule:
Program: Wednesdays from 8-10 the following days:
- September 7: Intro, presentation of participants and of idea catalogue to thesis subjects.
- September 14: Participants presentation of project titles and ideas. Discussions and - feedback.
- September 21: Presentation of health economic analysis and curriculum by associate professor. Writing process initiated.
- October 12: Questions and supervision of students.

Presentations: Wednesdays from 8-13
November 16: Presentation and critical evaluation of student 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
November 23: Presentation and critical evaluation of student 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
November 30: Presentation and critical evaluation of student 13, 14, 15, 16 and postponed students.
All students must be participating at all days of presentations.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
A written seminar paper in English.
Aid
All aids allowed

All papers in the seminar are allowed.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
up to 20 % censorship at the seminarpaper
Criteria for exam assessment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 22
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Project work
  • 183
  • English
  • 206