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Introduction to Health Economics

Learn the fundamental concepts of health economics and their use in health care decision making.

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Introduction to Health Economics

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  • 2 weeks

  • 1 hour per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Take an in-depth look at the economic principles of health care delivery

The study of health economics is important in helping to ensure the efficient use of available resources for maximising health benefits. It is also essential to improving health care delivery, outcomes, and lifestyle patterns through interactions with individuals and health care providers, in different clinical settings.

This course, presented by Bournemouth University, provides a comprehensive introduction to health-related economic principles.

Explore the fundamentals of health economics

You will gain a foundation in economic principles and resource management related to health care delivery and consumption.

Through careful economic analysis, you will gain an understanding of how the different aspects of health care systems relate to each other.

Master the art of swift decision-making in complex health care settings

When you understand the basic principles of health economics, you will be able to apply your knowledge in practical situations.

You will also be able to select the best solution in your decision-making process.

Study economic analysis alongside experts in the field

With an understanding of the health economics decision-making process, you will be able to conduct economic evaluations related to health programs.

You will be supported by health economics experts at Bournemouth University, as you develop a strong foundational knowledge.


  • Week 1

    Key concepts of Health Economics

    • Welcome to the course

      In this activity we'll introduce you to the course and what's coming up this week. You'll get a chance to meet your educators and each other.

    • Fundamental of Health Economics

      In this activity you will learn the key concepts of health economics.

    • Week 1 Summary

      In this activity we will summarise what we've done this week, and look ahead to what's coming up next.

  • Week 2

    Principles of economic evaluation

    • Welcome to week 2

      In this activity we will cover what's coming up this week.

    • Fundamental of Economic Evaluation

      In this activity you will learn the key concepts of economic evaluation.

    • Week 2 Summary

      In this activity we will summarise what we've done this week, reflect on our progress over the course, and suggest some next steps for you to take.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop an understanding of the key concepts in health economics.
  • Identify principles and concepts of economic evaluation in health systems.
  • Develop skills in identifying, measuring, valuing cost items, applying discount rate, annualisation, handling inflation of costs.
  • Evaluate the skills that recognise and address the challenges of limited resources within the health sector.
  • Synthesise the body of the economic evaluation evidence.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts of cost analysis.
  • Explain the key areas of health economics.
  • Develop an understanding of uncertainty.
  • Apply additional learning in the field of health economics / economic evaluation.
  • Evaluate inter-related components of health systems from economic perspective.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for individuals interested in or already working within health care, pharmaceuticals, health economics, and health finance, and who are keen to improve their decision-making skills. No prior knowledge or qualifications are required.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course no software or tools are required.

Who will you learn with?

Professor Yazdifar is currently the Head of Department (Accounting, Finance and Economics) at Bournemouth University (UK), having held leadership positions in other universities and industry.

Who developed the course?

Bournemouth University

BU evolved in 1992 as a new university and is ranked second in the list of UK universities in THE Young University Rankings 2021.

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