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Executive Summer School on Development Health Economics

This course aims to provide Executive students with an up-to-date assessment of the health economics approaches that are useful in considering policy issues currently relevant to low- and middle-income countries, with a particular focus on Southern Africa.

As well as introducing conceptual approaches, the intensive 1-week executive style course will provide practical advice on the allocation of health care resources, data gathering and programme evaluation within low- and middle-income countries. The course will also cover a number of specific topic areas including health and nutrition, the economic burden of malaria and HIV, the economics of International Aid and the difficulties of Manpower planning.

Proposed Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be introduced to the professional literature on health economics as it applies to developing countries
  • Participants will acquire specific skills in programme budgeting as applied to the health sector
  • Participants will be introduced to cost-effectiveness analysis as applied to the health care sector
  • Participants will acquire specific skills in programme evaluation
  • Participants will cover recent policy developments specific to low income countries reforming health care – universal insurance coverage; basic package requirements; problems of implementation

Full Course Outline 

About the Instructors

Ali McGuire

Professor Alistair McGuire is the Professor of Health Economics at LSE. Prior to this he was Professor of Economics at City University, London and a Tutor in Economics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. He has extensive teaching experience and numerous publications in this area, and has acted as an advisor to various governments, governmental bodies, the World Bank, the WHO, the IMF, pharmaceutical companies and health care insurance companies.

Grace Lourdan

Dr Grace Lordan is an associate professor in Health Economics at LSE. She is associated with LSE Health, the Centre of Economic Performance, the Health Economics Data Group and the IZA. She was previously a visiting fellow in the Institute of Research on Poverty in the University of Madison. Grace is the director of the Health Economics Policy and Management executive masters at the LSE. She also teaches courses on applied health econometrics and the economics of health and wellbeing at the LSE to postgraduates.

John Ele-Ojo

Dr John Ele-Ojo Ataguba is a health economist within the Centre for Health Economics, School of Public Health and Family Medicine at UCT. He was the Madella Mellon Fellow at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University and has worked on National Health Insurance within South Africa and is on the Board of Trustees of the African Health Economics and Policy Association. He has published on, amongst other topics, health care financing and equity.