SA4L5      Half Unit
Applied Health Econometrics

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Miss Grace Lordan OLDM2.26


This course is available on the MSc in International Health Policy. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students must have completed Health Economics (SA408).

Course content

Most research questions, in health economics require students to apply econometric techniques. This course will introduce these techniques and students exiting the course can expect to have acquired a competency in econometrics as it is applied to health economics. The methods studied will be as described above. The seminars- which are lab based- will allow students to apply these methods to practical problems using Stata and decipher the results.


10 hours of lectures and 18 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

A set of problems given in seminar 4, tackled without help during the seminar and submitted afterwards. . This work will be read and feedback provided.

Indicative reading

Johnston, DW. & Lordan G, 2012. "Discrimination makes me sick! An examination of the discrimination-health relationship," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 99-111

Frijters, P., Shields, M., Wheatley Price, S. and Williams, J. (2011). Quantifying the cost of passive smoking on child health: Evidence from children's cotinine samples. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, forthcoming.

Johnston, D., Propper, C. and Shields, M. (2009). Comparing subjective and objective health measures: Implications from hypertension for the estimated income/health gradient. Journal of Health Economics, 28, pp. 540-552.

Jones, AM, (2007) Applied Econometrics for Health Economists, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Publishing

Jones, AM, "Health econometrics", in Handbook of Health Economics, AJ Culyer & JP Newhouse (eds.), Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2000.


Exam (70%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Coursework (30%).

One written assignment using STATA (30%).

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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