HSH768 - Health Economics in a Global Context


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 hours per week of on-campus lectures and weekly seminar exercise posted to a moderated online discussion group.

Scheduled learning activities - online

2 hours per week online lectures and weekly seminar exercise posted to a moderated online discussion group. Online session recording will also be available.


This unit introduces health economics in an international context. The unit provides an overview of the overarching health challenges internationally from an economic perspective using case studies for illustration. Policies and strategies that have been developed to improve human health will be highlighted as well as the challenges in undertaking research in a resource poor setting.

The unit will explore:

  1. socioeconomic determinants of health including linkages between health and development; health and education; health and the environment; and the impact of cultural and traditional beliefs on health
  2. the global burden of disease including contemporary issues in developing countries (for example patterns of disease, the interaction between the environment and health, and major health problems)
  3. the nature of health systems including alternative models for health financing and service delivery; and
  4. the WHO's commitment to achieve global health.

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