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Basics of Health Economics

Basic of Health Economics

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New upcoming course date

November 17 - December 22, 2010: Registration is open
Apply online Application deadline October 20, 2010

Basic of Health Economics Elearning
In every country (and in many sub-national structures such as states and provinces), health economics plays, or should play, an important role in critical policy and operational decisions.

These decisions include:

  • The appropriate role of government, markets and the private sector in the health sector
  • Resource allocation and mobilization functions critical to addressing equity and efficiency of public spending
  • Resource transfer mechanisms to hospitals and health care providers and the incentive systems that underlie them
  • Organizational structures at the system level and the linkages between the levels
  • Organizational structures at the facility level
  • Mechanisms to change behaviors of the population at large and health system providers in order to achieve better health.

Registration is open


November 17 - December 22, 2010

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Technical Requirement

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Health economists can contribute to better decision-making. Long term capacity building efforts, through degree programs in universities, should develop the human capital needed in health economics to address needs. But short- and medium-term needs cannot be met through deeper human capital investments through universities. Furthermore, health economists, even when they exist and are well trained, are not always part of decision-making structures in ministries of health. A clear gap exists for training and empowering, policy and operational decision makers on how health economics can contribute to strengthening the effectiveness of health systems by efficiently and equitably addressing the needs of the population.


The course will be developed initially in English but will be made available in other languages at a later stage. Two modules have been piloted in English in the winter of 2005/6.

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