Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor Health Care and Nursing
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2022

Course unit title Health Economics and Policy
Course unit code 081611030901
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 2
Name of lecturer(s) Marco HAID

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Nursing internship 1 and 2

Course content
  • Theoretical approaches to health economics
  • Supporters, structures and facilities in the Austrian health and social welfare system
  • Health service funding
  • Health insurance as an economic problem and the significance of this for nursing practice
  • Professional groups in the healthcare system
  • Professional policy

Learning outcomes


  • will provide information in the relevant field of activity about the health-related mechanisms of regulation and funding systems in the healthcare and social system
  • will know the main structures and institutions in the Austrian health and social care system and be able to describe and analyse interdependencies
  • will be informed of current developments in health policy
    will know how to form an opinion on health policy issues
    will know options for how to influence health policy decision-making processes


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, presentation, discussion

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination, presentation



Recommended or required reading
  • Badelt, Christoph; Meyer, Michael; Simsa, Ruth (Hrsg.) (2007): Handbuch der Nonprofit-Organisation. 4. Auflage, Stuttgart:  Schäffer-Poeschel.

  • Busse, Reinhard; Schreyögg, Jonas; Stargardt, Tom (Hrsg.) 2017): Management im Gesundheitswesen, 4. Auflage, Berlin: Springer Verlag.
  • Breyer, Friedrich; Zweifel, Peter S.; Kifmann, Mathias (2012): Gesundheitsökonomik, 6. Auflage, Berlin: Springer Verlag.
  • Drummond, Michael F. et. alt (2015): Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, 4. Auflage, Oxford University Press.
  • Pöttler, Gerhard (2013): Gesundheitswesen in Österreich, 2. Auflage, Wien: Goldegg Verlag.
  • Webseite der Europäischen Kommission, GD Gesundheit. Online im Internet:

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face course