What we offer: specialisation in health economics within the Master of Public Health
The health economics/economic evaluation (HE/EE) stream hosted by the Health Economics Unit within the Centre for Health Policy offers two introductory courses in health economics and economic evaluation (i.e., Health Economics 1 in semester 1, and Economic Evaluation 1 in semester 2) for students who have no prior background knowledge in economics. These two subjects have three objectives:
- Provide new learners of health economics with an understanding of how economics feeds into many aspects of health behaviours and healthcare. They will also engage students on how economics can help improve decision making at all levels of health policy.
- Help students learn how to explore, examine, describe and analyse health related behaviours as well as issues, composition and functions of health care systems.
- Pave a sound foundation for students pursuing further learning in the field of health economics/economic evaluation.
For the students who want to specialise in health economics/economic evaluation, the HE/EE stream also offers two advanced health economics and economic evaluation subjects (i.e., Health Economics 2 in semester 2, and Economic Evaluation 2 in semester 1) to meet requirements of specialisation. These two subjects will provide students with advanced knowledge and skills in the field, enabling students to learn how to apply their knowledge and skills in analysing and evaluating health and public health technologies, issues, policies, health system development and reform. They also act as a prerequisite for students who wish to conduct a research project or participate in a professional practice unit in health economics/economic evaluation (a capstone course requirement for a degree of Master in Public Health, specialised in health economics and economic evaluation).
In summary, the health economics/economic evaluation stream offers:
- Health Economics 1 & Health Economics 2
- Economic Evaluation 1 & Economic Evaluation 2
- Research project** or Professional Practice unit** for one semester
- Research project** or Professional Practice unit** for two semesters (year-long)
**Please note: place restrictions and minimum grade requirements are in place.
A Health Economics/Economic Evaluation course sample plan is also available on the Master of Public Health degree structure page.
For any enquiries regarding a study plan to best suit your needs, please fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of the Master of Public Health degree page.
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