Syllabus

Title
2121 Course II: Economics and Policy of the Public Healthcare Industry
Instructors
Dr. Thomas Czypionka, Viktoria Szenkurök, MSc (WU)
Contact details
  • Type
    PI
  • Weekly hours
    2
  • Language of instruction
    Englisch
Registration
09/16/21 to 09/19/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Dates
Day Date Time Room
Monday 10/04/21 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.5.03
Monday 10/18/21 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.5.03
Monday 11/08/21 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM D3.0.233
Monday 11/22/21 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.5.01
Monday 12/06/21 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.1.01 OeNB
Monday 12/20/21 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM EA.6.026
Monday 01/17/22 11:00 AM - 02:30 PM TC.1.01 OeNB

Contents

This introductory course explains key economic concepts that are relevant to the public healthcare industry. The presentation takes the perspective from the Government and other public institutions. The course covers healthcare demand and disparities, social health insurance, public provision of healthcare, health care labor markets, economic epidemiology, and government regulation of unhealthy behaviors.

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.

Assessment

Assessment Components (relative weights in the final grade)

  • Participation (15%)
  • Quiz 1 (20%)
  • Quiz 2 (20%)
  • Quiz 3 (20%)
  • Written group assignment (25%)

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)

Readings

1 Author: Folland, Goodman, and Stano
Title:

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. An ebook version is freely available at the WU library.
Year: 2017
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
2 Author: Sloan & Hsieh
Title:

Health Economics


Publisher: The MIT Press
Edition: second edition
Remarks: Selected chapters of this book will serve as the main reading material for this course. An ebook version is freely available at the WU library.
Year: 2017
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
3 Author: Bhattacharya, Hyde, and Tu
Title:

Health Economics


Publisher: Red Globe Press
Edition: 1st
Year: 2013
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: 2021-09-20



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