Health Economics



This short course examines the role of economic principles in understanding the behaviour of users and providers of healthcare, systems of healthcare financing and resource allocation within health systems. Key issues addressed include:

  • How individuals respond to incentives.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of different ways of financing health services.
  • The role of cost-effectiveness analysis in determining access to services.

By the end of the course, participants should:

  • Understand the fundamental principles of supply and demand and how they relate to health and healthcare services.
  • Appreciate options for financing health services and how different methods affect access to care and performance of care providers.
  • Describe how the methods of cost-effectiveness analysis can be applied to various healthcare interventions.

Date, Time, and Place

This short course is delivered over a four-week period (on a Thursday or Friday) through a combination of tutorials that are live online; pre-recorded; and live on the Trinity campus. The course will commence in December 2023.

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Course Fees

€1,080 (excluding application fee).


Applicants should hold an upper second-class (2.1) honours degree in a relevant health or sciences discipline or hold other qualifications deemed appropriate by the course committee. Applicants with good health service management experience will also be considered. The application period closes in November before the course commences.

Interested applicants should contact the Centre of Health Policy and Management:


Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 896 3556