2017-2018 / ECON0740-2

Introduction to health economics


20h Th

Number of credits

 Master in economics : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in public health (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Specialised master in health care data management4 crédits 
 University certificate in clinical epidemiology and healthcare economics4 crédits 


Fabienne Fecher-Bourgeois

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents


  • The health sector in OECD countries : some figures and main reforms
  • The Belgian context
  • Uncertainty, externalities, informational asymmetry
  • An econometric analysis of health expenditures
  • The demand for health care and physician-induced demand
  • Equity in the health care finance and delivery

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

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

  • define and compare the different types of health care systems
  • define the main economic concepts using the appropriate terms
  • interpret the values of economic variables and the results of empirical economic analyses
  • represent different concepts using graphs
  • summarize texts (scientific papers, research reports,...)

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)


Recommended or required readings

Course material (articles, slides PwP)

Assessment methods and criteria

  • Written exam

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Prof. F. FECHER-BOURGEOIS, ffecher@ulg.ac.be -
Assistant G. MAHIELS, gaelle.mahiels@ulg.ac.be