2023-2024 / ECON0340-1



10h Th

Number of credits

 Master in pharmacy (120 ECTS)1 crédit 
 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)1 crédit 


Robin Crunenberg

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Table of Contents --------------------

  • General structure of Health System in Belgium
  • Introduction to Health Economics : objectives and specifics
  • Place of medication in Health Economics
  • Regulation of drug expenditure : drug prices, control of drug supply and demand
  • Evaluation of drug use
  • Introduction to pharmacoeconomic studies

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, students should be able to :

  • Describe the organization of Health System in Belgium, its origin and objectives
  • Understand the specificity of the Health Economics
  • Analyse the mechanisms and parameters influencing the growth of spending, including drug expenditure, and ways to contain this growth
  • Decompose the price of drugs, calculate the patient's co-payment
  • Describe methodology of drug use evaluations and pharmacoeconomic studies

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Having completed an internship in community pharmacy, communautary care, ... is helpful to put in perspective the theoretical lecture with field practice.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, discussions and exercises

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face learning 1st semester, 5 x 2 hours

Recommended or required readings

  • Presentations available on MyULiège
  • Keep up-to-date on all matters related to health economics and the topic seen during the lessons
  • Consultation of websites on the organization of health care in Belgium, the reimbursement of medicines, the remuneration of pharmacists, CBIP and Folia

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

Oral exam, 5 minutes of written preparation and 10 minutes of defense

The entire course will be assessed in a single exam.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Maitre de conférence, Pharmacien Robin Crunenberg robin.crunenberg@uliege.be

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