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Application Fee: SEK 900
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About the course:
This course is an introduction to health economics. It is designed mainly for health practitioners who work with, and make decisions about, public health issues. The overall purpose of the course is to build knowledge about how theories, methods, and findings from the field of health economics can be used to achieve the goals of public health in an environment of limited resources.
We will ask: what is public health, and how should it be measured? In particular, we will discuss the health economist's definition of health and its measurement. Which resources are used, and how should they be valued? We will learn the health economist's valuation of resources, given that resources are scarce and always have an alternative use. And finally, how efficiently are the resources used?
We will come to know the various perspectives from which public health programs can be evaluated, and learn how to make judgements about public health programs from an economic point of view. Lectures will guide us through the selected literature and will be mostly theoretical in nature. Seminars will help us put the theories into practice in terms of a health economic evaluation. Once we understand the critical aspects of health economic evaluations, we will assess others' health economic evaluations. And finally, we will meet users of health economic evaluations in order to understand the needs and priorities of healthcare providers, agencies, or companies.