University of Liege | Version française
Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 24/10/2014
ECON0740-2  Introduction to health economics

Duration :  25h Th, 5h SEM
Number of credits :  
Master degree in Economics, in-depth approach, 1st year5
Master degree in Economics, didactic approach, 1st year5
Master degree in Economical Sciences, Professional Focus in Economic Policies and Analysis, 1st year5
Master degree in Economics, professional focus in Economics and Finance, 1st year5
Master degree in Economics, professional focus in Economic Analysis and Public Governance, 1st year5
Master degree in Economics, professional focus in Economic Analysis and Public Governance, 2nd year5
Master in Labour Sciences, Professional Focus, 1st year6
Advanced Master in Health Care Data Management, 1st year4
Master in Public Health, Professional Focus in Epidemology, 1st year5
Master en sciences de la santé publique, à finalité spécialisée en pratiques avancées en sciences infirmières, 1st year5
Master in Public Health, Professional Focus in Promoting Public Health and the Environment, 1st year5
Master in Public Health, Professional Focus in Management of Healthcare Institutions, 1st year5
Master in Public Health, Professional Focus in Human Sexuality, 1st year5
Master in Public Health, Professional Focus in Hospital and Perfusion Technology, 1st year5
Master in Public Health, Professional Focus in Intensive Care and Emergency Room Care, 1st year5
Certificat d'université en épidémiologie clinique et en économie de la santé5
Lecturer :  Fabienne Fecher-Bourgeois, Audrey Neuprez, Elisabeth Paul, Jean-Yves Reginster
Coordinator :  Fabienne Fecher-Bourgeois
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
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 :  
Part F. FECHER
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.
Part A. NEUPREZ
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.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Face-to-face
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, ffecher@ulg.ac.be - Assistant (prof. F. FECHER) : G. MAHIELS, gaelle.mahiels@ulg.ac.be
E. PAUL, E.Paul@ulg.ac.be
A. NEUPREZ, audrey.neuprez@chu.ulg.ac.be(m.hiligsmann@ulg.ac.be)

Items online :  
Powerpoint Partim E. Paul
Disponible sur myulgLes autres supports seront disponibles au second quadrimestre.



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