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TERKANA4 The Application of Economics to Health Care 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Health Sciences
Public Health
Person in charge
Announced in the Teaching schedule.
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Health Sciences
Curricula 2012 – 2015


Strategic themes: Internationalisation, Sustainable development

General description

An introduction to the application of economics to health care.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student will
- be familiar with the concepts and approach of health economics
- know the basics of the main evaluation methods of health economics
- be able to find and evaluate health economic literature and scientific articles
- be able to evaluate the use of health-economic approaches to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of some of the different health systems around the world


- Economics of health and health care
- The key issues of health economics
- Specificities of health and health care
- Activity and market equilibrium of health care
- Essential evaluation methods of health economics

Teaching methods

Classroom work max 20 h

Teaching language

Finnish, English

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In Finnish
In English

Lectures (10 hours), exercises in Moodle, group work, seminar (10 hours) and individual essay.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Exercises are evaluated pass/fail. The seminar work and the individual essay are graded 1-5 and this will be the final grade of the course.

Study materials

Lorna Guinness (ed.), Virginia Wiseman (ed.) (2011): Introduction to Health Economics (Understanding Public Health).

Articles, announced during the course and in Moodle (e-learning environment).

Further information

Organized in English every other year. Minimum number of students for the course to be organized is 8.

The quota for Open University students each Academic Year is 3.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Health Sciences
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Health Care Management (Nursing Science)
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