Health Economics and Ethics, 7.5 credits (770G07)

Health Economics and Ethics, 7.5 hp

Course description

This course is designed to introduce upper level undergraduate students in economics to the field of Health Economics. The provision and production of health care have different characteristics and incentives from other consumer goods making health related markets a unique topic for study. We will cover a number of topics including for the study in health economics including why health is different from other economic goods/services and the implications that follows from a public policy perspectives. In addition health economic evaluation (i.e Cost-effectiveness analysis) and ethical issues related to health care priority setting will be addressed.

Main field of study



First cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Martin Henriksson

Course coordinator

Martin Henriksson

Director of studies or equivalent

Linnea Tengvall

Available for exchange students



Kostas Mitropoulos, international coordinator

Åsa Carmesten, study adviser

Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2020 v202004-202008 English Linköping

Main field of study


Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

At least one year of full-time undergraduate studies with at least 30 ECTS credits in Economics or equivalent. Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6. Exemption for Swedish B.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • perform health economic calculations/analyses using appropriate methods 
  • interpret and critically assess health economic evaluations
  • understand ethical principles of health care decision making 
  • analyse and integrate economic, political and ethical policy issues related to health care

Course content

The course covers traditional health economic theory and methods. The course content includes: 

  • The demand and supply of health care 
  • Market failures in health care 
  • Cost effectiveness analysis 
  • Measurement of quality of life 
  • Decision analytic modelling 
  • Ethical implications of health care decision making 
  • Justice theories related to health care

Teaching and working methods

The course is taught through lectures, seminars, assignments and self-study.
Language of instruction: English.


The examination consists of a written examination and ongoing assignments during the course. Detailed information can be found in the study guide.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling


Bhattachararaya, Hyde & Tu, Health Economics, Palgrave Macmillan.


Tinghög G, The Art of Saying No – The Economics and Ethics of Healthcare Rationing


Additional readings on Lisam.

EXAM Examination EC 7.5 credits
INLU Assignment EC 0 credits

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