The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to various aspects of health management and economics relevant to the improvement of efficiency of a health system with a particular focus on developing countries context.
Topics to be covered include:
Key health economic concepts such as supply and demand, market equilibrium, market structure, elasticity, allocative and technical efficiency; Various costing concepts related to health care projects and different approaches to estimate cost of health services; The economic evaluation of health and health care technologies, various evaluation methods of health programs, such as cost effectiveness analysis, cost utility analysis and cost benefit analysis, and the constraints of these analytic methods will be discussed extensively; The economic analysis of health care market and health care reforms; The theory, methods and tools for the management of health sector reforms; Health information systems and information technology for planning, production, management, monitoring and evaluation; Health care delivery at various service outlets like metropolitan/urban area and rural sub-districts, upazila, union and community level. Health care delivery system of BRAC, Ganoshasthya Kendra and Grameen Health and other leading NGOs will be reviewed and discussed in a cooperative framework to delineate the best health care management practices; Status of health services access and utilization will be examined, and the public privet partnership and its limitations will be focused; Health care policies and programs relating to primary health care, strategies and role of various stakeholders, particularly providers, Government, NGOs community and clients/patients will be critically reviewed. Case studies of other countries in health economic policies and health care management will be discussed; Summary measure of population health and burden of disease analysis, its role in priority setting analysis will be captured; Health care planning and implementation, health insurance and financing system such as social insurance, demand side financing will be discussed; Equity efficiency trade off, gender, poverty, aging etc in health care delivery system will be discussed.
i. Frech, H. E., Zweifel, Peter: Developments in Health Economics and Public Policy, ISSN: 0927-4987.
ii. Tan, Joseph K: Springer Briefs in Health Care Management and Economics, ISSN: 2193-1704.