Rotterdam, Netherlands

Inequalities in Health and Healthcare

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 9 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 500

This course will arm you with tools to measure health inequality. It will encourage and facilitate evaluation of the normative foundations of inequality measures. You will become familiar with methods used to explain socioeconomic disparities in health and to identify inequity in the distribution of healthcare. We will demonstrate how tools of health inequality measurement can be used to conduct distributionally sensitive cost-effectiveness analysis.

Course leader

Owen O’Donnell, Professor of Applied Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tom Van Ourti, Professor of Applied Health Economics with a focus on health and inequality at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Both are research fellows of Tinbergen Institute

Target group

The course is targeted at economists embarking on research on population health and the distribution of healthcare, as well as at researchers from the field of public health wishing to become competent in techniques used by economists to analyse inequality in health and healthcare. The material is also of interest to cost-effectiveness researchers who want to broaden their toolkit to distributionally sensitive health economic evaluation.

The course is open to research master’s students, PhD students, postdocs and researchers with an interest in a quantitative approach to health inequality. Students should have done an intermediate course in statistics, be familiar with regression analysis and preferably have completed an intermediate course in microeconomics. Those with a public health background who have not previously followed a course in economics should be comfortable with statistical analysis. Familiarity with the statistical package STATA is an advantage.

Course aim

This course will arm you with tools to measure health inequality. It will encourage and facilitate evaluation of the normative foundations of inequality measures. You will become familiar with methods used to explain socioeconomic disparities in health and to identify inequity in the distribution of healthcare. We will demonstrate how tools of health inequality measurement can be used to conduct distributionally sensitive cost-effectiveness analysis.

Credits info

3 EC
Participants who prepare a written report of the assignment submitted after the course will receive a certificate of participation stating that the summer school is equivalent to a work load of 3 ECTS. Note that it is the student’s own responsibility to get these credits registered at their university.

Fee info

EUR 500: PhD and Masters students €500
Reduced fee for participants from countries on the OECD DAC list € 400

The fee covers tuition and course materials.
EUR 750: Academics (incl postdocs) € 750

The fee covers tuition and course materials.