6127 Economics of the Health Care Industry - Public Sector
Univ.Prof. Dr. Marcel Bilger, Dr. Anna-Theresa Renner, M.Sc.
Contact details
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02/01/19 to 02/28/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 03/05/19 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM LC.-1.038
Tuesday 03/26/19 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM EA.5.030
Tuesday 04/02/19 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM TC.3.08
Tuesday 04/09/19 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D5.1.003
Tuesday 05/07/19 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM EA.5.040
Tuesday 05/14/19 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D5.1.004
Tuesday 05/21/19 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM LC.-1.038
Tuesday 06/04/19 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM LC.-1.038


This introductory course explains key economic concepts that are relevant to the public health care industry. The presentation takes the perspective from the Government and other public institutions. The course covers healthcare demand and disparities, social health insurance, public hospitals and physician practices, cost-effectiveness analysis, and public health. The course is structured so that it can be taken along its sister course "Economics of the Health Care Industry - Private Sector", or independently. Note that the public version of the course will also be beneficial to those aspiring to a career in the private sector as it will be an asset to understand the regulatory framework in which they will operate.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand key health economic concepts
  • Ability to apply health economic theory to real life situations
  • Acquire skills that are directly relevant to the industry

Attendance requirements

A minimum of 75% attendance is required.

Teaching/learning method(s)

  • The lecturers will explain key economic theory and the understanding will be consolidated by selected readings from a leading health economics textbook and other sources.
  • Economic theory will be presented in the context of real life applications introduced via relevant newspaper articles and case studies.
  • Understanding of theory and specific skills will be acquired by means of in-class exercises and short home assignments.


Assessments (relative weights in the final grade)

  • Participation (15%)
  • Mid-term quizz 1 (15%)
  • Mid-term quizz 2 (15%)
  • Mid-term quizz 3 (15%)
  • Final exam (40%)

Grades (point ranges)

  • 1: Excellent (90-100 points)
  • 2: Good (80-89 points)
  • 3: Satisfactory (65-79 points)
  • 4: Sufficient (50-64 points)
  • 5: Fail (0-49 points)


1 Author: Folland, Goodman, and Stano

The Economics of Health and Health Care

Publisher: Routledge
Edition: 8
Remarks: Selected chapters of this book will serve as the main reading material for this course
Year: 2017
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book

Availability of lecturer(s)

Please email lecturers for office hours.

Last edited: 2018-11-29