• Class Number 6423
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Yijuan Chen
    • AsPr Yijuan Chen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course aims at introducing economic tools for understanding and analysing the health care sector. Topics that we will investigate in depth include: 

1.    Distinctive economic characteristics of the commodity ' health care'; 

2.    Grossman's model of health capital

3.    Health and health care production functions 

4.    Adverse selection and the Rothschild-Stiglitz model 

5.    Moral hazard in the healthcare sector 

6.    Cost-effectiveness analysis

7.    Cost-benefit analysis


We will apply the economics tools to study some of the key players of the healthcare sector, including: Hospitals, Physicians, Health Insurance Companies, and Pharmaceutical Companies. 


We will study how government policies help shape the healthcare sector. We will also learn economic methods for evaluating the effects of health care policies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. define the determinants of the demand for health care, demand for health insurance and the supply of health, as well as health and health care production functions;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the size and scope, and the key players of the health sector;
  3. be able to use microeconomic analysis to evaluate health economics issues;
  4. summarize a selection of the academic literature on health economics.

Research-Led Teaching

Classical as well as frontier research topics, methodologies, and outcomes in health economics will be introduced along the way. Students will be able to see how results from the models can be applied to analyse real world questions, and what questions remain to answer. The lecturer will present his own research in health economics, and also discuss with students their questions and thoughts that arise from their experience, observation, and study of this course.

Required Resources

“Health Economics”, by Bhattacharya, Hyde, and Tu, Published by Palgrave Macmillan. A request has been put to the ANU Library to have the Ebook available and also to have the book on hold at the Chiefly library. The EBook is also available for purchase at the publisher's website.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Ch1. Introduction of Health Economics Ch2. Demand for health care
2 Ch3. Demand for health: The Grossman model
3 Ch5. The labour market for physicians
4 Ch6. The hospital industry
5 Ch7. Demand for insurance Wattle online quiz
6 Ch8. Adverse selection: Akerlof’s lemons model
7 Ch9. Adverse selection: the Rothschild-Stiglitz model Mid Semester Exam
8 Ch11. Moral hazard
9 Ch12. Pharmaceuticals and the economics of innovation
10 Ch14. Health technology assessment: Cost-effectiveness analysis
11 Ch14. Health technology assessment: Cost-benefit analysis Healthcare systems around the world and Healthcare reforms
12 Healthcare systems around the world and Healthcare reforms

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Mid-semester Exam 30 % * * 1,2,3,4
Final Exam 65 % * * 1,2,3,4
Wattle online quiz 5 % 25/08/2022 02/09/2022 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


PARTICIPATION: For this course in Semester 2 2022, all the lectures will be delivered through pre-recorded videos. The tutorials will be delivered in two ways (i) on campus through Face-to-Face teaching, and (ii) via a live zoom tutorial, which is only for students who cannot attend on-campus classes due to Covid-related travel restrictions. All the students that can attend on-campus classes should attend the on-campus tutorials. Details on the delivery of this course and expectations of student participation will be outlined in further detail on the Wattle course site in O-week.  


See Assessment Tasks above.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Mid-semester Exam

The exam will be held in Week 7 on Wattle in the format of Wattle Quiz. The exam will be 2 hours long. It will be made up of Multiple Choice Questions and Short Answer Questions. For the Short Answer Questions, students can either answer directly using the text-editing tools provided in the exam or upload scanned images of their answers. Further information will be announced in lecture by Week 4.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 65 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Exam

The final exam will be held on Wattle in the format of Wattle Quiz in the final exam period. The exam will be 2.5 hours long. It will be made up of Multiple Choice Questions and Short Answer Questions. For the Short Answer Questions, students can either answer directly using the text-editing tools provided in the exam or upload scanned images of their answers. More details such as the coverage will be provided in lecture no later than week 9.


Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 25/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 02/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Wattle online quiz

A quiz in the form of multiple choice questions will given through Wattle on Thursday 25 Aug (Week 5). The quiz will cover course materials taught from Week 1 to Week 3. There will be 3 questions and it will take 20 minutes. Students can view their marks right after the quiz is closed (i.e. prior to Week 6) .The final timing of the quiz will be announced on Wattle in Week 3.

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Online Submission

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Hardcopy Submission

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Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

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AsPr Yijuan Chen

Research Interests

Health Economics

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