Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2019/2020 | Previous academic years:  2018/2019 
International Bachelor's degree in Management and Business Administration
Course code: 174843 Subject title: ECONOMICS OF HEALTH
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Optative Year: 4 Period: 1º S

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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.



This subject applies economic concepts to the field of health and health services. It is focused on analyzing the behavior of the demand and supply in the health market as well as the efficiency and equity of health systems. The main goal is that the student will learn to apply economic models of how agents make individual and collective decisions to health. 

Previous knowledge: It is advisable to have studied previously Public economy I and some knowledge on econometric programs such as Eviews, and/or Gretl but it is not requested. 

Keywords:  Health, Economics, Health market, Equity, Health systems


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

R1. Student should know the relationship between economic growth, population health and health services. They should also be able to work with variables such as health expenditure, as well as understand the factors that influence health expenditure, health policies and health plans (CE01, CE04)

R2. Student should know the main characteristics of health markets and the theories that explain the behavior of individuals on both the demand and supply sides. (CE01, CE04)

R3. The student should understand the functioning of the public sector in health as well as its efficiency problems and proposals to improve public management in health (CE01, CE04)

R4. The student will learn techniques of economic evaluation of health technologies, especially the methodology of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Cost-Utility Analysis (CE07, CE08, CE09)

R5. The student will learn about equity in health as well as criteria on regional equity in decentralized models. The student will study the health financial system in Spain and its current problems. (CE07, CE08, CE09)

R6. The student will be familiar with the debate on health system reforms, in Spain and in other countries. (CE07, CE08, CE06)

The student will be able at the end of the course to respond to efficiency and equity problems about health systems (CE07, CE08)



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



Learning outcomes Evaluation system Weigh (%) Is it possible to recover?
R_MEP_008, R_MEP_09 Exercises/Essay 20 Yes
R_MEP_008, R_MEP_09, R_MEP_10 Test 60 Yes
R_MEP_008, R_MEP_09 Presentation 20 No



Chapter 1. Health and Economy

Chapter 2. The health market

Chapter 3. Health Demand

Chapter 4. Health Supply

Chapter 5. Economic Evaluation of Health Programs

Chapter 6. Cost-Utility analysis and health measurement

Chapter 7. Equity in health and health delivery

Chapter 8. Health Systems and health reforms



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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