Specialization Health and Social Policy
neu ab Sommersemester 2021!
für Studierende in BBE, BW, IBW und WIRE
interdisziplinär – international – interaktiv
komplett auf Englisch unterrichtet
30 Studierende pro Semester
What is this specialization about?
Health and social policies are dealing with issues such as health care, pensions, child care and old age care, unemployment, poverty and social exclusion, etc. In the European Union, public expenditure on health and social policies accounts for almost 30% of GDP. On a global scale, many countries are investing heavily in health and social protection, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations are pushing the agenda. This specialization offers you a comprehensive presentation of the socioeconomics of health and social policies, of challenges, current policies and options for future directions.
Which interests students should have?
This is a specialisation for students with a genuine interest in health and social policies. The specialisation follows interdisciplinary approaches, it links theory with real world problems, and it ties rigorous analysis and creativity. Highly interactive courses require students to contribute to class discussions and to work effectively in international teams.
Which career prospects can graduates of the specialization expect?
The main objective is to train students who want to pursue a wide range of careers that relate to health and social policies. It can perfectly complement existing business specializations, programs in business law or in business and economics. Work opportunities exist in the public sector and in the private sector, in nonprofit organizations as well as in international and supranational organizations. Students will acquire a solid understanding of the scope, organization, and objectives of health and social policies and will learn skills that are directly transferable professionally.
Course I: Introduction to Health and Social Policy
The course will present an introduction to the socioeconomics of health and social policy and into important social policies including pensions, health and long-term care, unemployment insurance, poverty reduction, education, and family policies. Each social policy will be illustrated by concrete examples in Austria and internationally, and analyzed from economic and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Course II: Economics and Policy of the Public Healthcare Industry
This course explains key economic concepts that are relevant to the public healthcare industry and related policies. The presentation takes the real world perspective from the government and other public institutions. The course covers healthcare demand and disparities, social health insurance, public hospitals and physician practices, cost-effectiveness analysis, and public health.
Course III: Economics and Policy of the Private Healthcare Industry
This course explains key economic concepts that are relevant to the private healthcare industry and related policies and regulations. The presentation takes the real world perspective from private agents making economic decisions. The course covers patients as consumers of care, private health insurance companies, private hospitals and physicians, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Course IV: International and Transnational Social Policy
The course will start by presenting a European and global comparative perspective on social policies and the role of supranational organizations such as the World Bank, World Health Organization, and the European Union. Examples of supranational social policies and their interactions with national policies will analyzed from interdisciplinary perspectives. The second part of the course will introduce transnational social policies, in particular in the context of the European Union, in areas with large cross-border spillover effects.
Course V: Social Policy Evaluation
The course will present a comprehensive framework to evaluate health and social policies. Special emphasis will be given to the assessment of policy effectiveness with the presentation of methods such as cost-effectiveness analysis. The comprehensive framework will cover the evaluation of the policies’ efficiency, impact, equity, acceptability, relevance, and sustainability, and will be applied to the analysis of concrete health and social policies in Austria and internationally.
Further information, including information on course structure, access to the specialization and FAQs, will be available from November 2020.