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Code ECON 522
Term 201302
Title Health Economics and Policy
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Economics(ECON)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Sencer Ecer,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture
Planned Learning Activities Discussion based learning

Introduction to the efficiency and ethical issues involved in distribution of health care. Cost-benefit and cost effectiveness analyses to evaluate public and private sector health policies. Exploring the link between health and nutrition. Health insurance policies, quality assurance and the role of the government and professional organizations in provision of health services.


- Introduce basic microeconomic and statistical tools that are used in health economics to
analyze the unique characteristics of supply and demand of health care.
- Endow students with the ability to design effective public policies by providing an
understanding of economic incentives of various players in the health care sector
including patients, doctors, hospitals, government, and insurance companies.
- Introduce basic tools in Pharmacoeconomic analysis and various reimbursement policies.
- Endow students with the knowledge of various health care systems.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
1) understand the issues about social and economic relevance of health services in society
2) identify market and non-market settings in health sector
3) develop models to analyze health industry
4) evaluate benefits and costs of public policies and propose alternative solutions
5) discuss regulation and regulatory framework in health industry.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications 3
2 Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas. 5
3 Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach. 5
4 Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject. 2
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas. 3
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study. 2
7 Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently. 4
8 Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals. 1
9 Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving. 4
10 Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. 3
11 Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary. 3
12 Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field. 4
13 Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level. 5
14 Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements. 5
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field. 3
16 Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values. 5
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning 5
2 Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life. 4
3 Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs 4
4 Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments. 2
5 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 3
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 4
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis.
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level.
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses.
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 35
Midterm 25
Exam 5
Term-Paper 15
Homework 20
Recommended or Required Reading

Health Economics, Charles E. Phelps, Addison Wesley; 5th edition (May 29, 2012)


The Economics of Health and Health Care, Sherman Folland, Allen Goodman, Miron
Stano, Prentice Hall; 7th edition (March 10, 2012)
? The Handbook of Health Economics, Volume II, Mark V. Pauly, Thomas G. Mcguire,
and, Pedro P. Parros eds., Elsevier Science, 2011.
? The Handbook of Health Economics, Volume I (Parts A and B), Anthony J. Culyer and
Joseph P. Newhouse, eds., Elsevier Science, 2000.