Economics of Health and Health Care - MMA


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Demonstrate basic understanding of costs, including the difference between expenses and disbursements, as well as fixed, variable, indirect and direct costs
  • Understand economic evaluation methods/models, i.e. cost-effectiveness, cost-utility (and QALY), cost- benefit
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health care system’s organisation and financing, including the central differences between the Danish health care system and corresponding systems in selected countries such as the United States; the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the use of microeconomic theories/models for analysis of the health sector, including supply-demand model, Principal-agent, human capital and investment in health, corporate production function and cost components, large scale operations and productivity.


  • Produce a (simple) economic evaluation of a medical technology (e.g. a new medicine/intervention) including sensitivity analysis (one-way, two-way, threshold value analysis, scenario analysis).
  • Calculate the budget expenditures for the introduction of new medical technology (for a given organisation such as a hospital or region) and assess whether a new intervention represents “good value for money.”
  • Use the models and methods of the field to analyse selected issues


  • Critically assess existing economic analyses
  • Critically assess alternative models of financing and organizing in the health sector
  • Read and understand the key messages and assumptions in published economic evaluations and reports on economic conditions in the health care system

Type of instruction

  • Teaching varies between lectures, workshops, (group) exercises and individual study.



Name of examEconomics of Health and Health Care
Type of exam
Written exam
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Please contact the  programme student counsellors if you consider applying to the education and you have questions.

Please consult the Moodle page for your semester and contact the semester coordinator if you have academic questions, or the study secretary if you have administrative questions.

All other enquiries may be directed to Helene Nørgaard, secretary of the Study Board.

Facts about the module

Danish titleSundhedsøkonomi - MMA
Module codeMEDMS13K1_7
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Clinical Medicine
FacultyThe Faculty of Medicine