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Politics, Ethics and Health Economics

Published on February 7, 2017 Updated on February 9, 2017

Hardly a week goes by without some new debates about health resource allocation and its publics policies. Questions about the right definition of health, about the legitimate scope of public policies pertaining to health or about the pros and cons of making a matter of personal responsibility some elements of service provision are all hugely controversial. Those are all issues in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health.

Politics, Ethics and Health Economics

Politics, Ethics and Health Economics

DURATION
From 3th July to 13th July, 2017 (2 weeks)

PRESENTATION
Hardly a week goes by without some new debates about health production and resource allocation and its public policies (governance, financing). Questions about the right definition of health, about the legitimate scope of public policies pertaining to health or about the pros and cons of making a matter of personal responsability some elements of service provision are all hugely controversial. These issues in Health Ethics, Politics and Economics will be the main focus of the course.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
The course aims to give the student the theoretical instruments and knowledge to apprehend those debates concerning public Health. It will explore the central ethical and political problems facing health policy and public health in France and abroad, and will offer a comprehensive view of the main questions addressed by health economics, with a particular attention to macroeconomic issue (such as the relationship between income, development, growth and health care expenditures) and Comparative Healthcare Systems.

PUBLIC
The course will be of interest to those wishing to specialize in this area, with a background in medicine, in economics, political science or philosophy. It will also be of interest to those working in the health service.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to :
• describe the social impact of services that public health programs, policies and legislation provide to protect and improve the health of populations.
• use of research tools and analytical methods to analyze and assess the health status of populations.
• to compare the organization and performance of Different Healthcare Systems in terms of Health expenditures, Health Outcomes, Health inequalities, Health Insurance and Quality of care.
• to understand the role and behaviors of different Health stakeholders
• to explain philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions.
• to identify philosophical normative justification of different types of public health programs in order to assess their value with respect to distributive justice requirements.

ORGANIZATION
The course will be organized in different and complementary blocs.
• The first sessions will introduce distinctions between different public health programs and critically assess their normative justification, principally based on specific distributive justice requirements.
• The second bloc will present and analyze medical and environmental risks
• The third bloc will consist in an introduction to Health Economics

TEACHING STAFF
> Thomas Barnay
> Ali Benmakhlouf 
> Patrick Savidan