Study Programmes 2015-2016
WARNING : 2014-2015 version of the course specifications
Introduction to health economics
Duration :
20h Th
Number of credits :
Master degree in Economics5
Master degree in Economics5
Master in Labour sciences2
Master in Public Health2
Master de spécialisation en gestion des données de santé4
Certificat d'université en épidémiologie clinique et en économie de la santé4
Lecturer :
Fabienne Fecher-Bourgeois
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
Part F. FECHER (14h)
  • The health sector : some figures
  • Uncertainty, externalities, informational asymmetry
  • The Belgian context
  • International comparisons : the UK and US
  • An econometric analysis of health expenditures Efficiency in health care systems
  • Equity in the health care finance and delivery
  • Demand for medical services and physician-induced demand
  • Main reforms in OECD countries
Part E. PAUL (6h)
Specificities of developing countries: global aspects (including development aid for health) and national aspects
Part A. NEUPREZ (10h)
  • Role and definition of health economic evaluation
  • Types of economic evaluation and results interpretation
  • Methods for the economic evaluation of health care programmes
  • Limitations and challenges of health care economic evaluations
  • The place of health economic evaluation in Belgium
  • Organization and regulation of the medical offer
  • Numerus clausus
Learning outcomes of the course :
The aim of the course is to introduce to the running of health care and insurance markets :

  • Features of health care (uncertainty, externalities, information asymmetry,¿)
  • Definitions of moral hazard and adverse selection
  • Comparative analysis of health system in the O.E.C.D. countries
  • Analysis of determinants of health care demand (incomes, morbidity,¿)
  • Analysis of variations in medical practices of providers
  • Study of effectiveness and equity goals pursued by public authorities
  • Analysis of reforms introduced into health care and insurance markets

Part E. PAUL
The purpose of this part is to analyse the allocation of health care financial resources on the international scene, with a focus on developing countries. The mechanisms for financial resource generation are described and their implications on health policy and service delivery are analysed. This partis complementary with international health aspects of the General Introduction to Public Health course.
The purpose of this part is to present the roles and challenges of health economic evaluation, to explain the methods for the economic evaluation of health care programmes and to discuss the importance and methods for the organization and regulation of the medical offer. The student will be able, after this course, to discuss choices in health-care decision-making process, to understand the types and methods of health economic evaluations, to interpret results of economic evaluations that are frequent in the medical literature and to understand challenges related to organization and regulation of the medical offer. A specific attention is devoted to the application of theoretical concepts through exercises and illustrative examples.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Recommended or required readings :
Part Fecher
Course material (articles,...), slides
Part Paul and Neuprez
Slides available on MyULg
Assessment methods and criteria :
Written exam
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Prof. F. FECHER-BOURGEOIS, - Assistant (prof. F. FECHER) : G. MAHIELS,