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Health & Development - ECO00025M

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  • Department: Economics and Related Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Matthias Flueckiger
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

to introduce students to current policy debates on health systems in developing countries

to provide students with the economic techniques needed to analyse and discuss them

to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of these techniques in fields such as health system financing, equity and the effectiveness of health programmes

to illuminate the pros and cons of alternative policy directions

Module learning outcomes

Having completed this module, students should be able to:


identify and discuss the main topics of debate regarding the functioning of health systems in developing countries

critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of techniques commonly used to analyse health systems and programmes in low and middle income settings

understand how standard economic methods may need to be adapted in developing country contexts

Indicative assessment

Task Length % of module mark
N/A 90
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Seminar Presentation
N/A 10

Special assessment rules


Indicative reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
N/A 90
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Seminar Presentation
N/A 10

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Indicative reading

No one text fully covers the material required for the entire course. Key (and supplementary) readings will be provided for each topic. In addition, the following texts cover many of the topics discussed on the module.

Jack, W., Principles of Health Economics for Developing Countries, washington, World Bank, 1999. (intermediate-Advanced)

Bhatia, M.m and Moddialos, E., "Health systems in developing countries", in: A. Hall and J. Midgley, Social policy for Development, London, Sage, 2004. (basic)

Witter, S., Ensor, T., Jowett, M., and Thompson, R., Health Economics in Developing Countries: A Practical Guide, Oxford, Macmillan, 2000 (basic)

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University constantly explores ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary. In some instances it may be appropriate for the University to notify and consult with affected students about module changes in accordance with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.