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Funded Module: Global Health Economics and Health Systems

This is a Masters Level (SCQF Level 11) module


The effects of globalisation impact on both global health status but also in the way countries and their health policies respond to that.  This module critically explores the key components in establishing health systems, the key actors involved, their roles and their potential impacts.  It also considers the key economic and political principles that underpin them. 

 It examines:

  • Basic economic concepts and application to health care
  • Demand and supply for health and health care
  • Market failure in health care
  • Economic evaluation techniques 

It will also draw comparisons between nations in terms of the health system mix and the role of private, public and philanthropic health system contributions.  It will draw explicitly on the roles of legislation and policy in the United States and the United Kingdom, as two often opposing examples of health systems, to develop robust debate among students. 

Successful completion of this module will allow students to apply theories of production, efficiency, rationing, competition, and regulation to better inform the public and private sector on the most efficient, or cost-effective, and equitable course of action to improve primary care and ultimately health status. 

Course Delivery and Assessment

This module adopts a ‘blended’ learning approach.  This module will be delivered online through a combination of self-paced study and face-to-face live sessions held at UWS Lanarkshire with UWS teaching staff.  There are likely to be four sessions across the trimester, held on Wednesday mornings.

Course materials will be accessible via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and the course content will also be accessible online for a short time after the module has been delivered, allowing delegates to revisit aspects of teaching.  A detailed timetable for the module will be available prior to course commencement.  

Delegates are required to complete assessments at the end of the module to demonstrate their knowledge.  Further information about the assessment methods and deadlines will be given to students soon after teaching begins.  

This is a Masters Level (SCQF Level 11) module and upon successful completion of the module, students will be awarded 20 credits.

Funding Opportunities

Funding is available for this course via the UWS Upskilling Fund.  The Upskilling Fund is delivered by the Scottish Funding Council and aims to address skills gaps in Scotland. To be eligible for funding, students must either reside in Scotland or work for an organisation with a business address in Scotland.  If you are successful in obtaining funding a registration fee of £50 will apply only (the full module fee is £930) and you will be provided with a discount code to use at check-out upon application. 

To find out more about this course, or to enquire about the funding available, please email us at

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