Economics for good health, e-learning

7.5 ECTS-credits
First Cycle Level 1
School of Culture and Society
Subject field
Economics (NAA)
Group of Subjects
Disciplinary Domain
Social Science, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved by the Faculty School of Culture and Society, 19 October 2009.
This syllabus is valid from 04 November 2009.
Revised, 07 March 2013.
Revision is valid from 07 March 2013.

Learning Outcomes

After the course is completed students will be able to demonstrate understanding of:
- how resource allocation and health policy in society interact;
- how society can use economic tools in order to achieve health policy objectives;
- the concept of opportunity cost and how to calculate it;
- the basis for consumer demand of health care and other goods and services;
- what influences demand and supply in a market and understand how these concepts can be used to study the health care sector;
- the concepts of price and cost elasticity.

Course Content

The course starts with a discussion about the concepts of alternative cost, marginal cost and cost effectiveness using examples from the health care sector. During the course practical examples will be used to show how different types of health care interventions can be evaluated. The purpose of the course is to give students knowledge about how the resource allocation and health policy in society interact.


The assessment for this course consists of assignments and a written exam. The assignments are optional, but the points collected will be added to the points for the written exam.

Forms of Study

Forms of study are distance lectures and assignments.


The Swedish grades U–VG.


  • General entry requirements

Other Information

The points collected in the assignments are only valid for one year.
There is a maximum of five opportunities to take the exam.