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Alina Dūdele

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:2.00
Study Course Accepted:06.12.2017
Study Course Information
Course Code:VVDG_004LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:3.00ECTS:6.00
Branch of Science:Economics; Social EconomicsTarget Audience:Health Management
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Alina Dūdele
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Health Management Teaching Staff Group
The Head of Structural Unit:Daiga Behmane
Contacts:Rīga, Dzirciema iela 16, D-korp.,, 410. kab., vvdgatrsu[pnkts]lv , vvdgatrsu[pnkts]lv , +371 67409255, +371 67409175
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)9Lecture Length (academic hours)3Total Contact Hours of Lectures27
Classes (number)9Class Length (academic hours)3Total Contact Hours of Classes27
Total Contact Hours54
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Basics of economics
This course aims at providing students with the fundamental knowledge to analyse resource allocation problems arising in the healthcare sector from an economic perspective. The teaching approach will be a combination between conceptual and applied methods utilizing empirical evidence from the literature and case-studies. At the end of the course, participants shall demonstrate knowledge about: 1) the peculiar economic characteristics of health and health care, 2) the fundamental trade-offs afflicting resource allocation in health and healthcare, 3) the way different Health Systems address these fundamental trade-offs.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
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Unaided Work:
- Published research and study literature and health policy document reading and analysis; - Development and presentation of the individual and group class work.
Assessment Criteria:
- Activity during interactive lectures; - Quality and terms of individual and group tasks; - Accuracy and precision of written exam answers. Students will be evaluated 50% on written exam and 50% on class work and other tasks.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Upon successful completion of the course the students will: - understand the economic relevance of health and health care; - estimate the demand for health and health care, - be aware of the specificities of the operating environments of the health care markets; - describe models of healthcare financing design; and the behaviour of various stakeholders, e.g. physician behaviour and supply response to price and demand; - understand the rationale for government intervention in healthcare markets and describe healthcare insurance - analyse the main feature of different healthcare systems utilising an international comparative framework
Skills:The students will be able to: - interpret stakeholders’ behaviour in healthcare markets; - understand the economics of frailty and failure in markets for health care; - justify the use of economic concepts in the analysis of health sector; - understand the economics behind decision making in the health care system. - interpret public policies as addressing trade-offs in health care allocations.
Competencies:Students will be able to: - recognise the sources for market failure and identifying the policy tools which may address albeit not solve them; - understand the concept of economic trade-off applied to the healthcare context; - evaluate the performance of health policies in terms of equity and efficiency.
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2Getzen, T. Health Economics and Financing, 3rd edition. New York: Wiley, 2007
3Drummond M., Economic Evaluation in Health Care, Oxford university Press, 2010
4Cashin C Paying for performance in health care. Implications for health system performance and accountability, Open University Press, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Series, 2014
1Maresso A Economic crisis, health systems and health in Europe: country experience, European Observatory, 2015
2Cutler, D.M. Equality, efficiency, and market fundamentals: the dynamics of international medical-care reform’, Journal of Economic Literature, 40(3): 881-906, 2002
3The Global Economic Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases, Report of World Economic Forum, poduced by Harvard School of Public Health,
4Figueras J., McKee M. Health Systems, health, wealth and Societal Well-being. European Observatory , 2012
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