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HME4401 – Need for health care services related to demographic, epidemiologic, and health care technology development

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Course content

This course explores the demographical changes and the changing epidemiology of health problems and diseases. Epidemiological changes will be related to the political, social and economic situation for various population groups (gender and age, socio-economy, ethnicity, etc) and in different countries. Demographical and epidemiological data will be used to assess future need for health care in different settings, related to changes in health care technology and as criteria for allocation of resources. The different perspectives in the concepts need, demand and supply will be presented and discussed.

Learning outcome

After the course the students should
• Be familiar with demographic terms and trends and know how projections are being done
• Be able to find, use and critically evaluate vital statistics in planning health services
• Know basic epidemiological concepts and be able to use them in exercises in order to perform need assessment and resource allocation
• Be able to identify epidemiological changes globally and to present evidence as to why this changes have happened
• Be able to interpret various data and use techniques to make projections to estimate the future need for various health care services
• Know the relationship between the concepts need, demand and supply


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Formal prerequisite knowledge



Formal lectures and case based group work with presentations for the students at the end of the course. Experts in demography, vital statistics and medical specialties will be invited to present some lectures.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


4 hours written exam and a group essay together with an oral presentation. The group work must be passed during the course in order to take the written exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

All written exams and term papers at the master's programme in Health Economics, Policy and Management have to be conducted in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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

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