Study Programmes 2017-2018
Introduction to health economics
Duration :
20h Th
Number of credits :
Master in economics : general (120 ECTS)5
Master in labour sciences (120 ECTS)3
Master in public health (120 ECTS)2
Specialised master in health care data management4
University certificate in clinical epidemiology and healthcare economics4
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
Learning unit contents :

  • The health sector in OECD countries : some figures and main reforms
  • The Belgian context
  • Uncertainty, externalities, informational asymmetry
  • An econometric analysis of health expenditures
  • The demand for health care and physician-induced demand
  • Equity in the health care finance and delivery
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
At the end of this course, students will be able to :
  • define and compare the different types of health care systems
  • define the main economic concepts using the appropriate terms
  • interpret the values of economic variables and the results of empirical economic analyses
  • represent different concepts using graphs
  • summarize texts (scientific papers, research reports,...)
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Recommended or required readings :
Course material (articles, slides PwP)
Assessment methods and criteria :
  • Written exam
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Assistant G. MAHIELS,