Health Economics and Ethics, 7.5 credits (770G26)

Hälsoekonomi och etik, 7.5 hp

Course description

Health economics is a growing field and is an important aspect of public policy. 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 why health is different from other economic goods/services and the implications that follows from a public policy perspective. Furthermore, the tools of health economic evaluation (i.e. cost-effectiveness analysis) are widely used in policy making today, and will be covered in some detail. Ethical issues related to health care priority setting will also be addressed. 

Main field of study



First cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Martin Henriksson

Course coordinator

Martin Henriksson

Director of studies or equivalent

Camilla Strömbäck

Available for exchange students



Anki Rune, administrator

Kostas Mitropoulos, international coordinator

Åsa Carmesten, study adviser

Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2022 v202204-202208 English Linköping

Main field of study


Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

  • 60 ECTS credits undergraduate studies with at least 30 ECTS credits in Economics or equivalent
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B)
    (Exemption from Swedish)

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.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

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

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.

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.

INLU Assignment EC 0 credits
EXAM Examination EC 7.5 credits

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