Health Economics and Prioritisation in Public Health - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Health Economics and Prioritisation in Public Health programme

Through this course learners will be introduced to some of the basic principles of health economics, before going on to see how those principles can be applied to decision making through economic evaluation. Throughout, a focus is maintained on public health commissioning.

These materials have been developed by the Public Health England Health Economics team as a way of building skills and understanding within Local Authorities.

Economics does not produce decision rules, but is a valuable tool in helping make appropriate resource allocation decisions. This is particularly important in the context of disinvestment.

More information

The course is broken down into two stages. The first module concentrates on introducing economic ways of thinking and some key principles. The second module gives an overview of how these principles can be applied to decision making through economic evaluation.

Learning objectives

By the end of module one you will be able to:

  • Understand and explain the basic principles of health economics
  • Start to think about how economics can be applied in healthcare decision making

By the end of module two you will be able to:

  • Define and explain the most common types of health economic evaluation
  • Understand how the differing assumptions drive results in economic evaluations
  • Interpret the outputs of economic evaluations

Pre requisites

There is no pre-requisite knowledge needed for the course although some understanding of public health service provision would be advantageous. The two modules are designed as a pair. Content covered in module two assumes prior knowledge of content covered in module one.

Meet the team

  • Shaun Donaghy

    Shaun Donaghy

    Senior Economic Advisor, Public Health England
  • Rebecca Worboys

    Rebecca Worboys

    Health Economist, Public Health England
  • Scott Mahoney

    Scott Mahony

    Health Economist, Public Health England
  • Mark Millar

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Simon Blackmore

    Simon Blackmore

    Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Health Economics and Prioritisation in Public Health programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

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