Health Economics

Health economics is the application of economic theories in the area of health. In particular, we are engaged in applied research within the organisation of the health care system, efficiency in relation to supply and population preferences within health and health offers in relation to demands.

We teach at bachelor and master level at different education programmes at Faculty of Health – from public health to clinical medicine. We also teach at PhD courses in health economics or are involved as a part of PhD courses focusing on e.g. screening. Moreover, we supervise students concerning health economics at all levels. 

Projects

Joint emergency services – the effect of national recommendations on organisation of costs, quality and patient outcome. PhD project by Line Stjernholm Tipsmark.

Geographical variation in psychiatry – analysis of prevalence, causes and consequences of supply-related treatment variation. PhD project by Emely Ek Blæhr.

Inequality in acute treatment of stroke and association with process quality, hospital structural conditions and patient outcome. PhD project by Vibe Bolvig Hyldgård.

Preferences in population screeening – citizens’ balancing of possible life expectancy benefit and possible harm. Research project in collaboration between postdoc Tina Hansen, professor Jes Lindholt and professor Rikke Søgaard.

Hospital governance – the effect of type of governance on costs, quality and patient outcome. Research project in collaboration with Department of Political Science and professor Rikke Søgaard.

Methods

Based on economic theory and econometrics, we use national health registries and other Danish registries on e.g. socioeconomics. In preference studies we conduct ad hoc surveys among established groups of representative citizens or among selected citizens or patients. Similarly, we conduct ad hoc interviews and surveys across organisational unit in the health care sector.