FH3008 - Health Economics and Public Health


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course will provide an overview of fundamental health economic concepts and principles, and next how to apply these in a public health perspective and in terms of planning and evaluation of applied public health policy. The following themes will be covered: - To measure health in a life-time perspective: Health related quality of life and quality adjusted life years/healthy life years - Inequality in health and need for health services, prevention versus treatment - The organisation and financing of health services and public health work - Efficiency, distribution and equity - Methods for economic evaluation: Cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses - Public health policy, priority setting and welfare surplus The course will cover fundamental health economic concepts and principles like healthy life years, efficiency and distribution, economic evaluation of public health policies and health services - and welfare surplus. The course provides an introduction to the organization and financing of health services and public health work in general, different aspects of efficiency, the understanding of welfare surplus, methods for health economic evaluation and prioritization. How to perform cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis will be discussed, including different ways to measure health – Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALY) and the burden of disease in terms of Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY). We will also discuss the relevance of health economic concepts and principles in light of health policy and public health policy.

Learning outcome

After completing the course FH3008 the student should be able to:

  • have a fundamental understanding about core health economic concepts like efficiency, distribution, economic evaluation and welfare surplus
  • have a thorough understanding about the different types of economic evaluations and methods for measuring and analysing costs and effects
  • evaluate and discuss prevention versus treatment in light of health economic principles
  • read and apply analyses of cost-effectiveness and cost-utility in a public health context
  • participate in the evaluation of public health policies and health services

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. Exercises with relevance for applied public health policies will be weighted more heavily. Lectures will take place during block- weeks for Master of Science in Public Health.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved assignment

Further on evaluation

Written examination, weight 100/100. Duration: Four hours. Examination aids: Kalkulator (with code A). A different form of assessment may be applied if a student needs to delay their exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Completed bachelor's degree.

Course materials

To be announced.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KLH3000 5.0 AUTUMN 2018
KLH3012 5.0 AUTUMN 2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Public Health
  • Economics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2021-12-02 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
M433-Eksamensrom 4.etg Mustad, Inngang A 1
SL311 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 17
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 D 2022-06-02 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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