PB452E      Half Unit
Behavioural Science for Health

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Matteo Galizzi QUE.3.16


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

Please note that for 2019/20, this course will only be available to Health Policy EMSc students.

Course content

The course aims to introduce to students the main principles, methods, measures, and insights of behavioural sciences, and the key state-of-the-art applications to health economics, policy, practice, and management.

The course is designed to enhance students’ abilities to apply rigorously and critically behavioural science tools to concrete challenges in the health and healthcare area.

It covers principles of behavioural science; heterogeneity and behavioural economics; behavioural health economics and policy; methods of behavioural science; behavioural experiments in health (field, lab, lab-field, online, mobile); behavioural data linking; measures of behavioural science; risk preferences and health; time preferences and health; social preferences and health; behavioural insights for information policies in health; financial and non-financial incentives in health; behaviourally supercharged incentives in health; nudging behavioural change in health; behavioural spillovers in health; behavioural insights for regulation and taxation in health, healthcare, and risky health behaviours; behavioural insights for healthy behaviours (diet and nutrition, physical exercise, alcohol abuse, tobacco and drug use, medication, screening, infectious diseases, vaccination); behavioural insights for blood and organ donations; behavioural insights for health practice, management, and policy challenges.


18 hours of lectures and 4 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

6 x 3 hour lectures (18 hours)

3 x 1.5 hour seminars (4.5 hours each seminar group)

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 presentation and 1 other piece of coursework in the ST.

Indicative reading


Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills