Courses in health economics can be found at several universities as part of graduate certificate and degree programs in public health economics, applied economics or health care management. Graduates work for government or local health agencies and organizations, as well as for universities and research firms.
Here are common concepts taught in health economics courses:
- Politics of health care
- Factors affecting quality of care
- Health care as a commodity
- Private/public insurance policies
- Pharmaceutical companies
List of Common Courses
Introduction to Public Health in America Course
Students trace the design, processes and politics of the American public health care system and how its intended design is working today. Students explore the various interests involved and how they affect public health policy. Individuals research how the federal government handles certain public health issues.
Health Economics Course
Students taking this course gain an understanding of the economics that drive health care in America. This course looks at medical care as a business commodity, and how the demand for health services is met. The major components of the health care system are examined, with a focus on health care and insurance providers. Policy issues are discussed, including universal health care.
Health Insurance and Managed Care Course
This course examines the major issues that affect managed care and health insurance plans. Students review the design, performance, and regulation of private and public sector health plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Public policy, cost-containment, quality, management techniques and quality are also discussed.
Financial Management of the Health Care Sector Course
Students review how finances affect decisions in the health care industry. They learn about the analytical methods applied to financing, investment and operational components of health intervention. This course explores ways to utilize resources to provide more effective and affordable health care. Case studies are used.
Issues in Health Policy Course
This course examines the problems relating to domestic health care policies. Students review how policies are shaped by politics, institutions and private business. They learn how to research, debate and support policies affecting private and public health organizations.
Legal Aspects of Health Care
Students gain perspective into historical and current health care regulations, and how they affect health care providers, insurance companies, managers, medical drug and device manufacturers and others. This course examines the moral, ethical and social consequences of trying to balance these interests. Participants learn to balance the rights and needs of individuals against those of society.
International Comparison of Health Care Course
This course compares health care systems in other countries by contrasting the differences in delivery, financing, reimbursement and adaptation of the latest technology. Students examine the costs of designing insurance and plans, in both the public and private sector, and how that bottom line affects the quality and delivery of medical services.