Health Economics University of Tsukuba
Health Economics is an applied economics course that analyzes issues in health, medical care and health finance. The demand for health and medical care services and the economic behavior of health service providers and the operation of health insurance markets are analyzed with economic tools of analysis and perspectives. The role of the government sector in the provision, regulation and financing of health care services are addressed within the context of health sector policies both in developed and developing countries.
The course develops the skills of students to understand the issues, challenges, and policies in the health sector and how society approaches the issue both in developed and developing countries. As an applied course, it uses microeconomics tools of analysis to analyze issues in the health sector. By addressing health issues and policies in broader perspectives, the course prepares students to develop analytical skills that are important for critical assessment and understanding the issues in promoting health and health services to the public.
The course develops skill levels of students to understand and analyze health issues and methods of analysis using tools from economics. Students gain skill to apply analytical methods to the health sector and the choices and challenges society faces in making decisions related to health issues within a broader international perspective.
microeconomics, introduction to economics, and basic mathematical skills.
Class participation: 30%; Assignments: 30%; Final Report: 40%.
Week 1: Introduction and Overview ( Health and Medical Care; The economics of health and medical care analysis; and the relevance of economic analysis for the health care).Week 2, 3, and 4: The Demand for and the Supply of Health and Medical Care (Demand for Heath and Medical care; Supply of Health and Medical Care).Week 5, 6: The Health Sector and FinancingWeek 7: Health Insurance SystemsWeek 8. Comparative Health Systems and Health Care Sector ReformsWeek 9: Government Health Sector PolicyWeek 10: Course Overview and Summary
Online Course Requirement
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Active participation in class discussion as well as review of the assigned articles for the course are required and expected from each student.
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