Social Research Methods - BUSI97513
Understand the aims, principles and methods of research in the social sciences;
Learn commonly used quantitative and qualitative research methodologies;
Develop the practical skills to undertake research in the social sciences;
Apply these research skills to a real life problem through a project.
Social research methods have become part of the key skill set of modern clinicians. Even actively practicing clinicians are nowadays often expected to venture beyond their clinical work and conduct, assess, or commission research into health services and management, health policy and health economics. Improved data availability and the growing expectation to conduct research and publish papers are fuelling this development, and the number of published papers in traditional clinical journals that use relatively sophisticated quantitative and qualitative social research methods has increased significantly over the past decade.
Social Research Methods is an introductory module that aims to introduce you to the methods that you will need to complete the group work at the end of your study at the Business School, and it will also lay the foundations for the skills that you will need later in your career. The module is targeted at undergraduate students with a clinical background. It is a challenging module that aims to equip you in a short time with a solid basis of the research skills, and it covers qualitative and quantitative research methods, systematic literature reviews, data collection, survey and questionnaire design, and dissemination of research results. The module focuses on the methods that are commonly used by health services research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is taught by lecturers that are actively involved in research.
The module places great emphasis on learning by doing, and half of the module consists of practice session where you will apply what you have learned. For the quantitative lectures, there will be lecturer-guided exercises at the computer that introduce you to the statistical software package STATA, for the qualitative lectures there will be small group work, and for the literature review you will design an outline of a review using online search engines. The module aims to familiarize you with the recommended module textbooks, to enable you to acquire in self-study the more sophisticated methods that are required for the research projects later in the module. Most research nowadays is conducted by teams of researchers with varied skill sets. To foster team working skills, at the end of the module, an assessed group research project will be conducted in groups of between 5 to 8 students. Assessment will further be based on a multiple-choice test, undertaken at the end of the module.
Health Economics - BUSI97512
- To analyse principles of micro economics and their application to health care
- To examine issues of efficiency and equity and their application to health care
To give students an understanding of:
- The nature of the demand for health and health care
- The nature of the supply of health care
- Markets and market failures in health care
- The agency relationship and the possibility of supplier induced demand
- Reasons for caring about the health of other people
- How to evaluate a new treatment or drug
- Issues in the rationing of health care
- Demand for health care. Health and health care Demand for health. Demand and supply of health care.
- Production, Costs, and supply of health care. Production functions and frontiers. Cost Functions.
- Public intervention in health care: market failures. Competitive markets. Market failures. Public intervention in health care.
- Market failures & Government Intervention. Monopoly. Externalities. Public Goods. Doctor behaviour models: agency,target income, profit maximization, supplier induced demand.
- Market failures & Government Intervention. Asymmetric and imperfect information: adverse selection and moral hazard. Merit Goods. Equity.The principle of economic evaluation in health. Welfare Economics. Economic Foundations. Cost-benefit analysis. Cost-utility analysis. Cost-effectiveness. Measuring and Valuing Health Care Output. The viewpoint. Estimating Costs and Health Gains. Decision making.
Through the module students should develop the ability to:
- Apply the key tools of microeconomics to health care
- Comment knowledgeably from an economics perspective on health policy
- Critically appraise economic evaluations of health care technologies
Healthcare and Medical Analytics - BUSI97278
Intercalated BSc Group Project - BUSI97511
All students will contribute to a group project. Typically the groups will consist of 6 students. Each group will be supervised by a School faculty member - not necessarily one who is involved in the formal teaching of the programme. The project occupies part of the spring term and the whole of the summer term, culminating in a group presentation and submission of report in May 2015.
The objectives of the different projects may vary, but are likely to include:
• an application of management techniques, principles or concepts to the analysis of a specific problem arising in some health care organisation or
• analysis of a particular health related industry or aspect of the economy or
• further development of a generalised technique or model or
• a deeper understanding and explanation of the literature relating to a pertinent area of health care management,
• experience of working in a team