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Introduction to health economics

He kuhunga ki ngā ohaoha hauora

He kuhunga ki ngā ohaoha hauora

Friday 21 February 2020

This course provides a taster of some of the techniques used in health economics, and how such information can be interpreted and applied to the New Zealand health system. Health economics plays an increasingly important role in the evaluation of health technologies. With limited budgets, how can we decide which interventions should be prioritised for funding? Presenters will include noted economist Brian Easton.

Topics covered  

The workshop will:

  • Introduce participants to some key terms and concepts in health economics such as health-related quality of life.
  • Develop an understanding of the main types of economic evaluation in healthcare.
  • Present some case studies of cost-effectiveness (and cost-benefit) analyses used to prioritise health sector interventions in New Zealand.
  • Consider the use of multi-criteria decision analysis in priority setting.

Style of Course

Small group – i.e., teaching and discussion in a group of up to 30 people.

Who should attend?  

The workshop assumes no prior knowledge of (health) economics and is aimed at a range of participants. This includes policy analysts and professionals working in the health sector who are interested in the place economic concepts play in health sector decision-making.

Draft timetable

Time Session
8:30am Registration
9:00am Health economics – Introduction
10:30am Morning tea
11:00am Economic evaluation
12:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm NZ case studies
3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm Multi-criteria decision analysis
4:45pm Finish

Teaching staff  

This course will be presented by the Wellington and Dunedin Schools of Medicine’s two health economists, and Brian Easton, one of the country’s best-known economists who teaches in economic, social statistics, public policy and New Zealand studies.

  • William Leung, Wellington School of Medicine’s health economist
  • Trudy Sullivan, Dunedin School of Medicine’s health economist
  • Brian Easton, professional economist, adjunct professor and a former Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 19 December 2019.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

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