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Anita Villeruša

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Information
Course Code:SVUEK_048LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Medicine; Public HealthTarget Audience:Public Health
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Anita Villeruša
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
The Head of Structural Unit:Ģirts Briģis
Contacts:Rīga, Kronvalda bulvāris 9, svekatrsu[pnkts]lv, svekatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67338307
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)6Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures12
Classes (number)6Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes12
Total Contact Hours24
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Basics in knowledge in market economics.
Aim of the course is to give students knowledge of health economics, by supplementing it with a health care organization theory and practice issues.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1The usage of the concept of economics in health care. Healthcare economic concept and its definition variations in public health sciences.Lectures1.00auditorium
2The concept of welfare economic and its application.Classes2.00auditorium
3Law and governance of health care organizations and companies.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Health care regulation and management analysis.Classes1.00auditorium
5Health care systems in Latvia and in the world.Lectures1.00auditorium
6Health care funding - the current situation and development trends.Lectures1.00auditorium
7Demand and supply in health care and welfare economics.Classes3.00auditorium
8Political and economic preconditions of care and service provision and production business.Lectures2.00auditorium
9Production possibility frontier - the concept in health care.Lectures1.00auditorium
10Production possibility frontier - demarcation in welfare economics.Classes2.00auditorium
11The concept of equality in health care - the formation and the role of the concept in public health science.Lectures1.00auditorium
12Equity as efficiency balance. Equity meaning in health care economic.Classes2.00auditorium
13Economic systems and its types in health care.Lectures1.00auditorium
14Specifics of health care market equilibrium and market analysis processes and systems.Classes3.00auditorium
15Care management and insurance nature and importance in health care and economic.Lectures1.00auditorium
16Trade and business permits and mandate system, regulation and administration.Lectures1.00auditorium
17Health care business pricing mechanisms and profit trends and analysis.Classes2.00auditorium
18Illegal drug trafficking trends and regulation.Lectures1.00auditorium
19The presentation of the analysis of health care organization or company's economic situation and the operational framework.Classes3.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
To work with the learning materials and to prepare a presentation.
Assessment Criteria:
The control of oral knowledge and understanding during the lesson. Group work and presentation. Written exam.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Student will know and understand: - the internationally accepted basic values and health policy that is based on values; the main international and Latvian health policy documents; - health care financing system in the world, the Latvian system characteristics according to international classification; - the organizational structure of Latvian health care; - Latvian health care laws and regulations; - health care cost structure and needs, Latvian service procurement principles; - economic analysis of the costs of health.
Skills:The student will be able to: - to assess the Latvian health financing system; - to orientate Latvian national health care organizational structure and its management.
Competencies:Critically evaluate and use the data of health services cost economic analysis, to use them in the guidance and planning of research work.
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2River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2013, Seventh Edition.
3Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programs. MF. Drummond, MJ. Sculpher, K.
4Claxton, GL. Stoddart and GW. Torrance. Oxford University Press 2015, Illustrated 4th Edition.
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