HMAN5140 – Topics in Priority Setting

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The aim of the course is to provide the students with up-to-date knowledge on health resource allocation issues.

Learning outcome


You will gain knowledge of:

  • The main theoretical approaches to the study of priority setting in health care
  • How to understand central concepts such as inequality, inequity, health determinants, allocation, severity, effect of treatment, cost-effectiveness, priority, rationing
  • How to recognize different understandings of distributive justice


You will learn how to:

  • Analyse different priority setting issues
  • Evaluate different models of priority setting

General competence

You will be able to:

  • Reflect upon a variety of issues of distributive justice


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with HME4208 – Just health care (discontinued)


Lectures and exercises.


Term paper.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

For students at Eu-HEM: English

For students at HEPAM: The problem set will be given in English. Answers can be given in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

For HEPMA students:

For Eu-HEM students:

An EU-hem student cannot present her or himself for the examination in a course more than two times. There will be held re-sits for EU-hem students who have failed an exam or who have legitimate absence (usually illness) in January and August. If you are entitled to a re-sit you must contact the student advisor via email no longer than one week after the result of the exam has been published.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






The course will not be offered in autumn 2018.

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