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Basics of Health Economics e-learning course in English

DURATION AND COURSE LOAD:  5 Weeks - 8 to 10 hours per week
DATES: 17 February - 24 March, 2010
PARTICIPANTS: (Health) Professionals
ORGANIZERS: The World Bank Institute
LANGUAGE: English only
General Course Contact: Jo Hindriks at

For more information please go to our website:
Click on the "Basics of Health Economics" link to see more information and a 
link to the application form.
The direct link to the application form is:

Some quotes of our past participants:
* "I really liked the learning experience.  I had expected that an online 
course will be a passive learning experience, instead, it was interesting, 
inspiring, with vibrant communication with other participants, the trainers 
provided feedback, it was not passive at all!  I really wish I had been able to 
keep up for the entire time.  (...) I am amazed at how incredibly well the 
course used the advantages of technology."
* "I am about to write on the relevance and recommendations of a women's health 
and economic empowerment initiative, and what I have learnt here will enable me 
do it brilliantly!"
* "Thank you very much for this course. It has helped to solidify for me so 
much of my daily work and made many concepts more clear.""You always led us to 
think a bit more practical and more structured. I learned a lot and my thoughts 
have been restructured in my head through this course. You provided us with 
very good tools."

Background of the Course:
In every country (and in many sub-national structures such as states and 
provinces), health economics plays, or should play, an important role in 
critical policy and operational decisions.
These decisions include:
a.     The appropriate role of government, markets and the private sector in 
the health sector;
b.     resource allocation and mobilization functions critical to addressing 
equity and efficiency of public spending;
c.     resource transfer mechanisms to hospitals and health care providers and 
the incentive systems that underlie them;
d.     organizational structures at the system level and the linkages between 
the levels;
e.     organizational structures at the facility level;
f.     mechanisms to change behaviors of the population at large and health 
system providers in order to achieve better health.
Health economists can contribute to better decision-making. Long term capacity 
building efforts, through degree programs in universities, should develop the 
human capital needed in health economics to address needs. But short- and 
medium-term needs cannot be met through deeper human capital investments 
through universities.  Furthermore, health economists, even when they exist and 
are well trained, are not always part of decision-making structures in 
ministries of health.  A clear gap exists for training and empowering, policy 
and operational decision makers on how health economics can contribute to 
strengthening the effectiveness of health systems by efficiently and equitably 
addressing the needs of the population.

1.  Expose participants to potential contribution of health economics to 
decision making in the health sector. At the end of the course participants can:
a.     Use the economic rationale arguments to determine what government should 
or should not do;
b.     apply economics to improve allocative efficiency in the health sector;
c.     analyze economic arguments to help improve technical efficiency in the 
health sector;
d.     explain how economics can help improve equity in the health sector.
2.   Introduce participants to the language of economics and health sector 
reform so they can be more effective communicators when working with 
theMinistry of Finance.  By the end of the course participants can:
a.     Correctly use the tools on market failures to justify the role of the 
public sector;
b.     apply the different dimensions of efficiency to ensure a larger return 
to investments in the health sector.

Course Structure:
The course consists of ten modules, divided in three clusters.
Cluster 1 asks the question - "Why Health Economics?" It attempts to answer 
this question by introducing the concepts of Equity (module 1) and Efficiency 
(module 2).
Cluster 2 delves into what markets are and how they are different in the Health 
Sector.  Modules 4-7 deal with the concepts of markets, supply and demand, and 
reasons why market would not function well in the health sector.
Cluster 3 then asks - "Who pays for what?"  Modules 8-10 are concerned with 
health financing mechanisms (Module 8), health insurance (Module 9), and 
funding and remuneration in the health sector (Module 10).

Course Format
The course will be fully web-based. Given the need for "just in time" training, 
the course will be self-paced, with exercises, examples, case studies and 
self-tests.  The students will be organized in time-bound cohorts that allow 
students to interact with other students through a discussion forum. The 
working language of the course will be English.
Since this is an e-learning course there will be no travel involved.  We 
require that you be able to set aside 8 to 10 hours per week to devote to the 
The course targets non-health economists that contribute to the policy and 
operational decision making in the health sector.  These would include:
a.     Ministry of Health (MOH) staff at the policy and operational decision 
making levels in central and decentralized units;
b.     Ministry of Planning staff working on the health sector;
c.     Ministry of Finance staff working on the health sector;
d.     academicians and technical consultants that support the above three 
e.     civil society advocates that manage or support policy dialogue and 
monitoring in the health sector;
f.     journalists that cover the health sector;
g.     international organizations staff that work on the health sector.

On behalf of the course organizers, we take great pleasure in inviting you, or 
a member of your staff, to participate in this event. Please feel free to 
forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested to 
participate or nominate a participant.
We would also like to invite you to nominate participants from countries you 
work with.  We are particularly interested in receiving nominations from the 
country PRSP teams, Ministries of Health, Finance/Planning,
Women's Affairs, Parliament, etc, as well as NGOs, private sector 
organizations, the donor community and others working in this field.
Please apply online for this offering at:
Nota Bene:!!!! Make sure you copy the entire URL, starting from "http" to 
"=HNP09-01-241" Some email clients insert linebreaks which will cause the above 
link to malfunction.  Just copy and paste everything into your browser's 
address bar to remedy this situation. If you still have problems locating the 
electronic application form, please send an email to
Upon acceptance you will receive information how to log on to the course.

The fee for this course is $200.

For any other information, please contact:
Jo Hindriks

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