5609 Course II: Economics and Policy of the Public Healthcare Industry
Univ.Prof. Dr. Marcel Bilger, Viktoria Szenkurök, MSc (WU)
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/16/23 to 02/23/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Monday 03/06/23 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.4.03
Monday 03/13/23 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D4.0.022
Monday 03/27/23 08:30 AM - 09:15 AM TC.-1.61
Monday 03/27/23 09:15 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.03
Monday 04/24/23 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.01
Monday 05/15/23 08:30 AM - 09:15 AM TC.-1.61
Monday 05/15/23 09:15 AM - 12:00 PM TC.5.03
Monday 06/05/23 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D4.0.022
Monday 06/19/23 08:30 AM - 09:15 AM TC.-1.61
Monday 06/19/23 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.2.03

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

This being a ‘course with continuous assessment (PI)’, the University requires students to attend at least 80% of the time of the scheduled course units for completing the course successfully. Ideally you attend all units fully. If you are unable to fully attend a unit, please let the Lecturer(s) know in advance. In case online units are scheduled, the same attendance requirements apply.

Notice of Special Regulation for Covid-19: If a student is required to quarantine, or is otherwise prevented from attending class, due to a certified case of Covid-19 infection or a federally mandated Covid-19 lockdown, and this affects either attendance or the completion of an exam or other required course assignment, the course instructor is empowered to provide an alternative means for said student to meet the attendance/assessment requirement as necessary. The same means will be required of any student in the same situation in this course.

Students with symptoms or other suspicions of Covid should contact this office ( If given permission to stay home they must show official proof (e.g. forward the email) to the course instructors. Students must contact the potential Covid office if they believe they have symptoms. They cannot just decide to not attend class without this official permission (this would count as non-attendance).

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 discussed 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 Components (relative weights in the final grade)

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

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Last edited: 2022-12-02