Public University of Navarre

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Bachelor's degree in Economics at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 171702 Subject title: ECONOMICS OF HEALTH
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Optative Year: 4 Period: 1º S
Department: Economía

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Module/Subject matter

Module: Public Economics. Subject: Health Economics.



The subject focuses on the theory supporting behavior in the health sector. It is structured in 8 different chapters that deal with relevant topics such as: Growth and health, efficiency in the delivery of health services, equity in health and allocation of resources, different health systems and reforms, economic evaluation of health programs, Cost-effectiveness Analysis and Cost Utility Analysis among others.


General proficiencies

CG01 Synthesis and Analytic Ability

CG02 Organizational and Planning Skills

CG04 Oral and written skills in a foreign language

CG06 Ability to search data and info from different sources

CG07 Ability to solve problems

CG08 Ability to make decisions

CG09 Ability to work as a team

CG11 Ability to work in an international context

CG12 Ability to relate to others

CG13 Ability to work in different environments

CG14 Critical thinking

CG15 Ethical commitment at work

CG17 Autonomous learning

CG18 Ability to adjust to new situations

CG19 Creativity

CG20 Leadership

CG22 Motivation for quality

CG23 Sensibility towards social and environmental issues 


Specific proficiencies

CE01 Understanding of Economic Institutions

CE02 Identifying sources of economic data that are relevant

CE04 Professional Economic Analysis

CE05 Writing technical reports

CE06 Preparation of international, national or regional economic projects

CE10 Evaluate consequences of different economic options and choose the best ones based on objective goals. 


Learning outcomes

R_MEP_08. To learn about the Public Sector role in the health market, the behavior of different agents, the efficiency problems related to the public sector management of health provision and discuss about different policies to improve the management of the public health sector.

R_MEP_09. To learn how the economic evaluation of health technologies and health programs work and how to measure health states preferences, identifying the weak and strong points of each of the methodologies.

R_MEP_12. Analyze the decentralization in Spain as well as the local systems of financing applied to health.



Participative approach, debates, oral presentations, essays, exercises and exams.



Learning outcomes Evaluation system Weigh (%) Is it possible to recover?
R_MEP_08, R_MEP_09 Exercises/Essay 20 Yes
R_MEP_08, R_MEP_09, R_MEP_10 Tests 60 Yes
R_MEP_08, R_MEP_09 Presentation 20 Yes



First Part. Health, Health Services and Economy 

Chapter 1. Health and Economy

Chapter 2. The health market

Chapter 3. Health Demand

Chapter 4. Health Supply

Second Part: Health Systems 

Chapter 5. Health Systems and Health System Reforms

Chapter 6: Equity in health and Health Systems in Developing Countries 

Third Part: Economic Evaluation of Health Programs

Chapter 7. Economic Evaluation of Health Programs

Chapter 8. Cost-Utility Analysis and health measurement



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

FOLLAND S, A GOODMAN y M STANO (7th edition, 2014): The economics of health and health care. Ed Pearsons. La edición de 2014 ofrece versión on line y precios reducidos para estudiantes en la versión impresa. Es el texto oficial de la asignatura.

ZWEIFEL, P., F. BREYER y M KIFMANN (2009): "Health Economics" (Second edition) Springer-Verlag. Berlin.

MUENNING, P. (2008). Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health. A practical approach. (2nd edition). Jossey-Bass. San Francisco. CA 94103-1741.

GOLD, M., J. SIEGEL, L. RUSSELL, Y M. WEINSTEIN (Eds.) (1996). "Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine". Oxford University Press, Oxford.

JACOBS R, PC SMITH Y A STREET (2006). Measuring efficiency in health care: analytic techniques and health policy. Cambridge University Press.

JONES A (2006). The Elgar companion to health economics. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

M LOCKETT, TONY (1996): "Health Economics for the uninitiated". Radclife Medical Press. Oxford and New York.






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