sap course 1429294475

Course Code & Number:

ECON 482

Course Title:

Health Policy

Level of Course:



(3+0+0) 3 TEDU Credits, 6 ECTS Credits

Catalog Description:

Conceptual and analytical approach to the process and contents of health policy making and implementation. Health policy, health care systems, and health care services. Analysis of the health care systems from economic, political and social perspectives. Welfare policies and their impact on health care system.

Pre-requisites & Co-requisites:

Pre-requisites: NONE
Co-requisites: NONE
Year of Study: 
Mode of Delivery: 
Language of Instruction: 
Course Type: 
Required Reading: 
1. Buse. K., N. Mays and G. Walt, Making Health Policy. Open University Press, Glasgow, 2005.
Course Objective: 

This course presents basic concepts, tools, and techniques used by analysts in today’s public and nonprofit organizations; provides a broad overview of the field of health economics and examines how standard concepts and methods in economics can be used to understand incentives and decision making in health-related transactions. This course aims to develop an understanding of the relevance of economic concepts to the health care sector; to describe the system of health care financing and delivery arrangements in the health care sector, and to impart an understanding of the role of economic factors in the development of public policy concerning health and health care.

Extended Description: 

Policy Making. Positive Analysis. Normative Analysis. Externalities. Public Goods. Understanding The Health Policy Process. Agenda. Agenda Setting. Power. Interest Groups. Evaluating Alternatives. Development and Implementation of Health Policy. Evaluation of Health Policy. Funding Public Health and Health Services and Setting Priorities. The Financial And Economic Costing of Health Care and Health-Related Policies. Basic Economic Concepts and Their Application to Health and Healthcare. The Theory of The Market and its Relevance to Health and Healthcare. Perfect and İmperfect Competition. Techniques of Economic Appraisal. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Cost-Benefit Analysis. Cost-Utility Analysis. Public and Private Sector.

Computer Usage: 
Students will use MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint) to work on their weekly assignments about 4 hours a week.
Learning Outcomes: 

Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Use economic analysis to evaluate health economics issues. 
2. Demonstrate awareness of a further range of contemporary health and health care policies. 
3. Explain how policies generally come to be made, how policies shape public action and how this action can produce a variety of results. 
4. Develop understanding of some key concepts and techniques of economic analysis related to health and health care. 
5. Analyze policy problems, find creative solutions, and implement policies and programs effectively. 
6. Communicate the results of policy analysis to managers, decision makers, and the general public. 
7. Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts of economics and politics/political science in relation to their application to global health issues. 
8. Apply the core disciplines of economics, politics, and political economy to real world global health policy debates and challenges. 
9. Carry out a Project and produce a well-structured, well-written, and clearly argued report. 

Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods: 
Case Study/Scenarion Analysis
Guest Speakers
Web Searching
Assessment Methods and Criteria: 
Test / Exam
Written Project
Presentation (Oral/Poster)

Student Workload:

Quizzes /Homeworks
Midterm Exam 1
Final Exam
Research Review

Prepared By:

Jülide Yıldırım Öcal

Revised By: