Curricular Unit:Code:
Economy and Management of Health Services1025EGSS
3UndergraduatePhysiotherapy2 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese26
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
Confer the students the ability to:
- identify economic problems,
- figuring out how to make decisions in Economics,
- distinguish between problems in the field of macroeconomics and microeconomics,
- realize the usefulness of using the model of demand and market supply,
- realize the usefulness / applicability of the concepts and models of Economy on Health,
- being able to do a comparative analyzis of health systems,
- understand the alternative models of health reform.
- analyze and criticize the management of healthcare organizations.
1. The Study of Economics: Object and analysis of decision making
1.1. Choice and Scarcity
1.2. Opportunity cost and marginal analysis
1.3. Macroeconomics versus Microeconomics
2. Demand, Supply and Market Balance
2.1. Market demand
2.2. Market Offer
2.3. Marketplace balance
3. Applicability and usefulness of Health Economics concepts and models
4. The State of Welfare and the universal right to health: the National Health Service.
5. The managerial model and its implications for policy and health systems.
6. Models of strategic analysis and Organizational Strategy in Health Organizations.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
1. Introduce the concept of “Economic Problem” and understand Economics as Science, based on its underlying terminology, models and hypotheses. Differentiate Macro from Microeconomics.
2. The demand and supply model approach is intended as an example of supporting business decisions in economic theory with the aim of looking for a consistent analytical framework that identifies the causal relationships between decisions and outcomes and allows us to predict under what circumstances. a given decision produces a given result.
3. Applications and case studies of points 1 and 2.
4. Understand the historical evolution to reach the current situation of the NHS.
5. Understand the forms of health financing in Portugal, identify their gaps and future challenges. Seek efficiency and effectiveness in resource allocation.
6. Interpret the Organizational Strategy models approached, using the various factors that influence the strategy in health organizations.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
This module is divided in two parts each being assessed with a test.
The first test focuses on chapters 1, 2, 3 of the program (with a weight of 50%) and the second test concerns the remaining three programmatic chapters (with an equal weight of 50%).
The arithmetic average obtained in these assessment elements will dictate the student's final grade. Thus, the determination of the final grade in continuous assessment (FG) will be the result of the following expression:
FG = 0.5 * Test Grade 1 + 0.5 * Test Grade 2
The absence in a assessment moment counts as a grade of 0. The student will be approved to the module if the final grade (FG) is equal to or higher than 9.5, otherwise, the student will be sent to the appeal exam season. Fulfilling the minimum attendance to the classroom is mandatory.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Given the essentially theoretical nature of the discipline content the emphasis is placed on theoretical exposure with analysis and discussion of the theoretical and practical aspects addressed.
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