Health Economics


Course Objective

In this course students learn to:
• make economic analyses of health care policies (Bridging Theory and
Application - Knowledge; Academic and Research
• analyse health care policy objectives (Academic and Research Skills);
• measure the extent in which health care policy objectives have been
reached (Academic and Research Skills);
• formulate economic requirements for effective health care systems
(Academic and Research Skills);
• identify causes of cost increase in health care (Academic and Research
• perform longitudinal analyses of cost developments in health care
(Academic and Research Skills);
• design measures for effective cost containment (Academic and Research

Course Content

The central theme of this course is the economic optimalization of
health care systems. This course provides students the necessary
economic knowledge to analyse health care policy and to analyse the
economic effects of health care policy measures. The following topics
will be addressed:
• health care system’s main objectives;
• methods to evaluate the economic performance of health care;
• the analysis of the influence of market coordination;
• the causes of growth in health care expenditures;
• diversification of health care processes and ways to control this
• cost control in health care.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Written exam - individual assessment.
Assignment (policy report).

Entry Requirements



Selection of chapters from Bhattacharya, J., T. Hyde and T. Tu (2014):
Health Economics, Palgrave McMillan.

Papers, to be published on Canvas.

Recommended background knowledge


General Information

Course Code E_EBE3_HEC
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. W. Janssens
Examiner dr. W. Janssens
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
Target audiences

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