Health Economics and Policy Evaluation Course

This course on presence and online will serve as an introduction to some of the concepts and principles in the economics of health and health care. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the tools usually used by health economists to address issues of health policy. Econometric techniques to evaluate public health interventions and policy will be used. Consideration is given to standard regression-based approaches, instrumental methods, interrupted time series, difference-in-differences and matching methods using statistical packages for health data.

Aimed at PhD, MPhil and MD students, researchers, NHS professionals, healthcare professionals (GPs, nurses, physicians, etc.), managers, CEOs interested in pursuing a high-stake career in the field, this programme provides an introduction to the central issues in health economics and health policy.

The course will cover:

-Health policy and economic principles and the distinction between health and health care.
-Health care as an economic commodity.
-Incentive mechanisms and principal-agent relationships in health care.
-Hospital competition and Diagnostic Related Group (DRG) payment schemes.
-Economic evaluation.
-Policy evaluation on real data.

The course will combine theory and applied methods using case studies and data analysis. The course is dedicated to understand the software Stata and it use for health data.

The course is 2 full days and 1 day to learn and be familiar with Stata course.