SA4K9      Half Unit
Advanced Health Economics

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Alistair Mcguire COW4.05


This course is available on the Executive MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The course will cover: international comparisons of health care expenditure, health care insurance, contract theory applied to the health care sector (including principal-agent theory and incentive payment mechanisms), equity in health care, health behaviour and an introduction to econometric analysis applied to health care data.


6 lectures (2 hours each) and 5 seminars (2 hours each).

Formative coursework

Students will make group presentations on topics covered in lecture. Students may receive feedback on these presentations from their seminar leader after completion. Alternatively, students may write a 2,500 word essay on the topic of their presentation for seminar leader feedback.

Indicative reading

Culyer, A.J., and Newhouse, J.P., (eds.), 2001, Handbook of Health Economics Volumes 1A &1B, (North-Holland, Amsterdam); Zweifel, P. and Breyer, F., 1997, Health Economics, (OUP, Oxford).


Essay (100%, 3000 words).

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 12
Merit 80
Pass 8
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

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