Handbook on Teaching Health Economics


Handbook on Teaching Health Economics

Best Practices

9781789906653 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Maia Platt, Associate Professor of Health Services Administration, College of Health Professions, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan and Allen C. Goodman, Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, US
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 665 3 Extent: 320 pp
This Handbook features the best teaching practices in the Health Economics (HE) field over the past decade. HE is still considered a new field in the world of economics. The teaching materials are designed for and suitable to HE specializations housed in economics departments, schools of public health, health professions, health sciences, nursing, pharmacy, business, or public/health administration.

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This Handbook features the best teaching practices in the Health Economics (HE) field over the past decade. HE is still considered a relatively new field in the world of economics. While most academic programs leading to HE specializations are housed in economics departments, many courses often reside elsewhere: in schools of public health, health professions, health sciences, nursing, pharmacy, business, or public/health administration. Teaching in these diverse, specialized curricula requires a customized subset of methods and materials developed for both the instructors and the students.

The editors have sought to expand applicability beyond North America and Western Europe, and to address issues in both less developed health economies and more advanced ones. The chapters herein present new and innovative teaching methods.

Instructors with or without professional training in HE will welcome the featured practical applications that encompass HE courses taught in various economics and non-economics undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.
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‘This text provides unprecedented teaching tips to create an active learning environment for students in public health and medicine as well as traditional economics programs. Instructors will appreciate the tips on active learning techniques for online teaching and the focus on international and country-specific applications.’
– J. Mick Tilford, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, US

‘This Handbook is a treasure trove of approaches, ideas, and tools to improve everybody’s teaching of health economics. Whether you’re teaching an online class for the first time, preparing to teach in another country, or seeking fresh new simulations and classroom activities, you’ll find great information to make your teaching more effective and inclusive.’
– Joanne Spetz, University of California, San Francisco, US
Contributors: M. Femi Ayadi, Neha Batura, Simon Berthelot, Tânia Maria Costa da Silva Beume, Heather Brown, Florian Buchner, Susan Cleary, Simon Condliffe, Carolyn S. Dewa, Diane Dewar, Lisa Gold, Allen C. Goodman, Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli, Jill Boylston Herndon, Jeffrey S. Hoch, Ashley Hodgson, Michal Horný, Jane Hughes, Jennifer Kohn, Maude Laberge, Mercedes Alfaro Latorre, Ruth Litmanovich, Neil Meredith, Justice Nonvignon, Maia Platt, Elizabeth Pitney Seidler, Thomas Poder, Annie Poirier, Noemi Savoia, Arturo Schweiger, Jolene Skordis, Erin Strumpf, Jennifer Watts, Thomas Wilkinson, Maria Clara Zerbino, Hervé Tchala Vignon Zomahoun


Preface xix

1 Introduction to learning and teaching health economics 2
Allen C. Goodman and Maia Platt
2 The health insurance game 17
Jennifer Kohn
3 Assessing competency in health economics using portfolios 32
Neha Batura, Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli, Jane Hughes and Jolene Skordis
4 Labs and cases in health insurance and cost-effectiveness
analyses to enhance active learning experiences in an introductory
health economics course for students in health professions 44
Carolyn S. Dewa and Jeffrey S. Hoch
5 Active learning techniques to enhance understanding of complex
stochastic modeling methods 61
Michal Horný
6 Using net benefit regression to teach cost-effectiveness analysis with a dataset 77
Jeffrey S. Hoch and Carolyn S. Dewa
7 Noricum – healthy cooperation or nasty snake pit: a strategic role play
teaching how to handle healthcare system conflicts 88
Florian Buchner
8 Teaching health economics to non-economists 108
Elizabeth Pitney Seidler

9 Strategic pedagogy: pursuing best practices for teaching asynchronous
online health economics courses 124
Neil Meredith
10 Integration of an online homework platform and interactive e-textbook
into a virtual learning environment of a health economics course 135
M. Femi Ayadi
11 Engaging distance learners with no economic background in an online
health economics course 146
Heather Brown
12 Opportunities and challenges in delivering postgraduate health
economics programs online 157
Lisa Gold and Jennifer Watts
13 Using distance education to teach health economics: national and global
experiences 170
Diane M. Dewar
14 Teaching in a pandemic: quickly adapting to the unexpected 178
Jill Boylston Herndon

15 Video-conferencing in a health economics course with alumni in
healthcare and partners abroad 189
Ashley Hodgson
16 Teaching international health systems through experiential learning 204
Simon Condliffe
17 Strengthening capacity for teaching of health economics in sub-Saharan Africa 222
Thomas Wilkinson, Susan Cleary and Justice Nonvignon
18 Lessons from incorporating study-abroad experience in master courses
in health economics 237
Arturo Schweiger, Maria Clara Zerbino, Ruth Litmanovich, Noemi Savoia
and Mercedes Alfaro Latorre

19 Bringing health economics knowledge to non-economists in Quebec,
Canada: A case study of a multi-modal knowledge transfer approach for
patient-oriented research (POR) 246
Maude Laberge, Annie Poirier, Simon Berthelot, Thomas Poder, Erin Strumpf
and Hervé Tchala Vignon Zomahoun
20 On the importance of partnerships between public health research
institutions and health economics faculty in universities, for the
engagement of non-economics students in health economics training:
perspectives from Brazil 266
Tânia Maria Costa da Silva Beume

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