Global Health Economics
Full course description
In addition to the core offered during the first trimester courses students will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge about specific topics in the second trimester through a choice of one of seven elective tracks. These seven tracks are carefully selected to avoid overlap with the core programme, yet ensuring relevant contribution to the core programme. The second track offered at Maastricht, "Global Health Leadership and Organisation", aims to provide students with further knowledge, skills and tools needed for an in-depth understanding and critical assessment of health policy, health economics, and health management considering their global context. The second course in this track, "Global Health Economics" introduces two basic issues in the economic analysis of health and health care. It covers demand and supply issues in health care as well as issues in provider behaviour. It deals with the most relevant dimensions of economic analysis; efficiency and equity. It discusses the principles of economic evaluation. Further attention is paid to competition in health care supply and contracting in health care.
At the end of the course students - understand the basic elements of economic analysis - have knowledge of challenges and pitfalls of different approaches to health financing - can compare neoliberalist and alternative approaches to health economics