Online Short Course: Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health
The Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health
short course explores some some key ethical, economic and political
problems in health policy. It is taught online only, and runs for ten
weeks from April 8th 2013. The course divides into four units.
Unit 1: Introduction to Public Health Ethics
1. Case study:
obesity as a challenge for health policy
2. Evidence based policy and health
Unit 2: Justice and Healthcare Resource Allocation
3. Measuring health
benefits: QALYs and their discontents
4. Expensive treatments and the 'rule of rescue'
5. Different needs and Equal Rights
6. Democratic accountability and healthcare resource allocation
Unit 3: Social and Individual Perspectives in Health Policy
Inequalities and Society
8. The Ethics of Health Promotion
Unit 4: Public Health Beyond Borders
Property Rights and Global Justice
10. The challenge of infectious diseases
Who is the course suitable for?
The course is addressed to everyone interested in health policy, in applied ethics and in the principles that should inspire public services and the welfare state. We expect healthcare professionals and administrators to be especially interested, as well as students of philosophy, political sciences and welfare economics.
The course requires active participation and sets deadlines for the weekly tasks, but within these constraints participants can manage their schedule with ample flexibility. Discussion and collaborative tasks are essential parts of the course but do not require being online at the same time.
How is the course assessed?
Students are required to complete the weekly assignments, which are the basis of the continuous assessment. This assessment method enhances the course experience, helps participants in managing their time and in advancing together, as well as enabling them to monitor their progress and receive on-going personalized feedback. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course
Is the course suitable for people outside the UK?
Yes, anybody who has a proficient level of English can participate and fully benefit from the course. Living in different time zones is not a problem. However, the examples and issues covered in the course mainly address the health policy problems typical of high-income countries. Students from developing countries may find that the topics covered do not reflect the health priorities of their countries.
What does it cost?
The course costs £250. Included in this is use of UCL's subscriptions to electronic journals during the course.
How long does it take?
You should be able to set aside around six hours per week for the course. As the course is online, you can choose when to do this flexibly.
When does it start?
April 8 2013, and it runs for ten weeks from this date.
How do I apply?
Applying is very simple. You only need to send an email to Giovanni De Grandis including a short CV and a brief personal statement in order to let us know why you are interested in the course. We will contact you to confirm your enrolment and provide you with details about how to pay the course fee.