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World Bank Free Online Course On Health Economics

Health economics plays an vital role in every nation. The World Bank Group is offering free online course for non-health economists who contribute to policy and operational decisions in the health sector. This course will introduce participants to the language of economics and health sector reform so they can communicate more effectively with finance ministries. It also helps to expose participants to the potential contribution of health economics to decision making in the health sector. The course consists of 10 modules, grouped into 3 parts. This MOOC is based on Health Economics. Upcoming course sessions are  September 02, 2015 to October 07, 2015, November 11, 2015 to December 16, 2015, January 06, 2016 to February 10, 2016 and March 30, 2016 to May 04, 2016.

Course Details In Brief

Level: The course is for non-health economists who contribute to policy and operational decisions in the health sector.
Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 8 hours a week for 6 weeks
Subject: English.
Institution: The World Bank Group
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Deadline: Application Deadlines for upcoming sessions are August 19, 2015, October 28, 2015, December 23, 2015 and March 16, 2016.

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Why Choose World Bank MOOC?

World Bank Group is offering this online course via an e-institute. This course is offered totally free in facilitated format. This unique e-institute is a global portal is designed to support self-motivated learners who want to get up to speed on the latest development trends, enhance their skills, and share knowledge through on-line learning communities.  It helps you to learn about the management process for a of public sector. WBI’s Health System Strengthening Program has developed an online management course applied to the health care system. Institute will send you certificate of completion upon successful completion of course requirements.

Course In Brief

In every country (and many subnational structures, such as states and provinces), health economics plays, or should play, an important role in policy and operational decisions regarding, among others:
-the appropriate role of government, markets and the private sector in the health sector;
-resource allocation and mobilization that affect the equity and efficiency of public spending on health;
-resource transfer mechanisms to hospitals and health care providers and the incentive systems that underlie them;
-health system organizational structures and linkages between the levels;
-health facility organizational structures; and
-mechanisms to change behaviors of the population and health system providers in order to achieve better health.

Health economists can contribute to better decision making. While most economists train through university degree programs, short- and medium-term training is also required. Furthermore, health economists, even when they do exist and are well trained, are not always part of decision making in health ministries. A clear need exists to train and empower policy and operational decision makers on how health economics can help make health systems more effective, efficient and equitable.

You Will Learn

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
-use economic rationale to determine when a strong case exists for government action;
-apply economics to improve the efficiency with which health resources are allocated;
-analyze economic arguments to help improve technical efficiency in the health sector; and
-explain how economics can help improve equity in the health sector.

For detailed information go through e-institute.