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(Online) Economics - Health Economics Practice (Online) PG Dip

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Course Code: CKC07 Full-time & Part-time

Course Title: Economics - Health Economics Practice (Online) Online Course

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Economics - Health Economics Practice (Online)

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Course Delivery Method*: Online

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

This programme will be taught online.

Qualifications: PG Dip

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €7,000 (per academic year)full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study. [2017/2018 Irish/EU €3,500 full-time (Part 2: MSc in Health Economics Practice]

Entry Requirements: You will need a degree in business and/or economics OR a degree with at least a 2H2 grade in a health related discipline OR for those with degrees or equivalent outside the above categories, applicants should have a minimum of 4 years' experience as health sector practitioners or professionals in which case they may be accepted on the basis of recognition of prior experiential learning.

Closing Date: Applications now closed 2017/18

Next Intake: September 2018

Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics Practice is a practice-oriented course, designed to give students an excellent grounding in the use of economic decision-making in the health sector.  Economic decision-making is becoming increasingly important in the health area, with scarce resources being available for ever-increasing needs.  This course provides students with transferrable skills that can be used in a healthcare business or policy environment.  The course recognises that healthcare is as much a business as a policy area, and this is reflected in modules on health care markets and health care innovations.

Course Details

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics Practice (Part I of the MSc) includes 60 credits of taught modules.  The core modules examine economic decision-making in health, in terms of financing, resource allocation, distribution and delivery of healthcare.

The other modules relate to evaluating health outcomes, health services resourcing, research skills and methods for health economics, healthcare markets and innovations in health practice.

The course is examined entirely through continuous assessment, including written assignments, participation in online discussions, reflective learning logs, and presentations.  Emphasis is placed on transferrable skills and the personal, professional and intellectual development of students.

The course has numerous links with healthcare practitioners and businesses, and this is reflected in guest lectures and online live cases, where students are set a real-life problem by a healthcare practitioner or organisation and asked to develop solutions to this problem.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma and achieve a minimum of 60% average in their assessment may transfer their registration onto the MSc Health Economics Practice, which involves a six-month placement in the healthcare sector.  (Those already working in the sector may continue in their positions.)  During this six months, students will be expected to address a problem in the organisation for which they are working, using economic decision-making techniques.

Detailed Entry Requirements

To apply for this course, you will need:

  • A degree in business and/or Economics

or

  • A degree with at least a 2H2 grade in a health related discipline

or

  •    For those with degrees or equivalent outside the above categories, applicants should have a minimum of 4 years' experience as health sector practitioners or professionals in which case they may be accepted on the basis of recognition of prior experiential learning.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme.  A copy of this form is available here SupplementaryFormCKC07 (26kB) (26kB)

Course Practicalities

The course will be delivered predominately online, facilitating self-directed learning.  Field trips, guest lectures and live cases may be organised for times that suit both full-time and part-time students.

Assessment

The taught modules are assessed entirely via continuous assessment, including a combination of written assignments, online discussions, reflective logs, and presentations.

The placement is examined via a combination of reflective learning logs, a written report on the placement and a presentation of that report.

Who Teaches This Course

 

 

This course is taught by a number of leading experts in the area of health economics in Ireland, as well as having an input from the business perspective.  The teaching team are all qualified to PhD level.  Members of the team have published in national and international journals and contribute to national debates in the broadcast, print and on-line media.

 

The 2015/16 teaching team comprises

Dr. Jane Bourke

Dr. Lee-Ann Burke

Dr. Ann Kirby

Dr. Brendan McElroy

Dr. Aileen Murphy

Dr. Brian Turner 

Dr. Edel Walsh

Further Contact Information

Dr. Ann Kirby, Programme Director.  Tel. +353 (0)21 490 3679, E-mail a.kirby@ucc.ie

Dr. Brian Turner, Programme Director.  Tel. +353 (0)21 490 2974, E-mail b.turner@ucc.ie

Ms. Eimear Roantree, Programme Administrator.  Tel. +353 (0)21 490 2574, E-mail eimear.roantree@ucc.ie

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