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Economics of Health and Healthcare

  • Teacher(s):   J.Maurer  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2018-2019, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
  •  sessions
  • Related programmes:
    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics

    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management



The objective of this course is to introduce students to economic analyses of health and healthcare. Students will learn how economic analysis can help understand the behaviors of different actors in health systems such as consumers, providers and insurers and resulting outcomes such as patterns of population health, healthcare use and cost and allocations in health insurance markets. Particular focus is thereby placed on issues in population health mananagement and the role of incentives, asymmetric information and other special attributes of health and healthcare markets and what these special attributes imply for health policy design and market regulation.


The course will consist of lectures and exercise classes that cover key concepts in the economics and health and healthcare. The course is structured as follows:

  1. Introduction: What is health economics and why is it interesting?
  2. What is health and how can it be measured
  3. The relationship between socio-economic status and health
  4. Economic analysis of the demand for health and healthcare
  5. Economic analysis of healthcare supply: Physicians, hospitals and quality of care
  6. Health insurance
  7. Health systems and health policy design
  8. Selected topics in health and healthcare


The main references for this course are selected chapters of the textbook:

Jay Bhattacharya, Timothy Hyde and Peter Tu. Health Economics. Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (November 2013).

Additional supplementary readings may be provided in class.


Basic knowledge in microeconomics and statistics/econometrics is an advantage.


First attempt

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