Project Description


This course is designed for those who wish to specialize in health economies at Ph.D level. It is based on what has been covered at the master’s classes. For each topic examples and application to African and other developing countries shall be provided.

Course Goal
To advance students’ knowledge and appreciation of reproductive and family health as a branch of applied economics and to sharpen the students prowess in the application of the required skills in research techniques with a view to attain the healthy policy.

Course Objective
Upon completion of this programme the student should be able to:

  • 1. Apply economic principles and techniques to carrying out analysis of health issues in policy issue, reproductive and family health.
  • 2. Undertake independent research in health economics, especially in reproductive and family health policy.
  • 3. Communicate research results to stake holder.
  • 4.  Function professionally in different health care system.
  • 5. Generate and/or supervise data generation for further research and studies in the area of health economics generally.
Apply Today

Course Structure

The course consists of two parts, part one covers individuals, state and markets in health and health care. Part two covers policy and planning issues in health, reproductive and family health and development each part consists of 56hours of teaching seminars and tutorials.

Course Assessment

The final course mark in each part has the following components:
Class attendance (by students)         10marks
Class tests                                              15marks
Seminar presentation                         25marks
Final examination                               50marks
Total                                                 100marks

The final examination is a 3-hour written paper for each part. The final mark for the course shall be average of the two parts.

Teaching Methodology

The courses shall be taught through lecture methods, study and discussions of published articles and presentation of seminars. For the sake of acquisition of analytical strength by the students health econometrics shall be included among the courses.

Apply Today


RHE 911 Individuals in Health Care Introduction

This course is meant to expose the student to the dynamics of economics in reproduction and family health. This will sharpen the students understanding and application of economic concepts and techniques to health economics.
Topics to be taught shall include

  • Overview of normative and positive economics of health sector.

  • Human capital model
     Basic model
     Investment model
     Pure competition model empirical testing
     Extension
     Health and schooling
  • Habits and lifestyle
     Smoking
     Alcohol and sustenance abuse
     Sexual behavior including contraceptive use
     The government and lifestyle adjustment for health.

  • RHE 912: States Materials in Health and Healthcare Production

    This course is meant to further the student’s exposure to the mechanisms of economic principles in explaining health economics, especially reproductive and family health. Lectures are therefore focused on peculiarities of health goods and their allocative implication as well as government finance and regulations of health
    Topics to be taught therefore include:

  • Externalities, public goods and including returns to scale

  • Asymmetric information between producers and consumer

  • Role of government arising from peculiarities of health goods

  • Provision of services
     Own facilities
     Purchasing/contracting
  • Regulation

  • Appropriate roles of state and market.

  • ECO 913 Health Care Markets

    This course focuses on the description of healthcare markets. It is meant to expose the students to the dynamics of healthcare market, the peculiarities of the market and their implications both the service providers and the clients. Topics to be considered are:

  • Market prices and outputs

  • Agency issues

  • Moral hazards and consumer incentives for health care

  • The industrial organization of health care

  • Not-for-profit ownership and hospital behavior

  • Economies of general practice

  • The pharmaceutical industry

  • RHE 914 Insurance of Healthcare

    This course is meant to expose the students to insurance of healthcare production generally. It therefore focuses on insurance markets, managed care contracting.

    The need to share the burden of the cost of healthcare especially incidences of unforeseen contingencies in health underscores this course. Topics to be treated include:

  • The autonomy of health insurance

  • Insurance reimbursement

  • Optical design of health insurance contract

  • Health insurance and the labour market

  • Social insurance

  • Managed reproductive care

  • RHE 915 Macroeconomics of Health

    This course is designed to take the students on an exploration of macroeconomics issues on reproductive health and health economics generally. It therefore focuses on the reproductive health, health and development challenges. The course forms the first part of the series of courses on health policy and planning issues which shall be completed in the second semester of the programme. The course therefore focuses on issues of economics of disease, poverty-health nexus growth-health relationships and conflict issues in health. Topics to be treated there shall include:

  • Disease burden measurement

  • Disease burden profile of Nigeria and Africa

  • From poverty to health; impact of nutrition education, overcrowding on health

  • From health to poverty; impact of poor health on labour market. (Absenteeism, low productivity)

  • From growth to health

  • From health to growth

  • Environmental concern

  • Types of conflicts and impact on health system

  • Case studies

RHE 921 Performance Evaluations

This course is meant to expose the students to methods performance evaluation in health systems. Evaluation issues shall be based on reproductive and family health. Analytical tools shall be varied from mathematics, statistics and econometrics. Topics shall therefore include:

  • The measurement of health-related quality of life

  • Advances in cost effectiveness analysis
  • Hospital efficiency studies

     Ratio analysis
     Stochastic frontier analysis
     Data development analysis

  • Equity and efficiency in health care
  • Equity in health care finances and delivery
  • The equity-efficiency trade-off
  • RHE 922 Health Planning and Programming

    This course is meant to expose students to planning and programming processes in healthcare with a special bias for reproductive and family health issues. This is needed for effective policy realization and health targets actualization. Topics to be treated are therefore

  • Health expenditure and health account
  • Partnership in public private mix
  • Strategic health planning
  • Scenario planning
  • Operations research (Goal Programming)
  • Stakeholders Analysis and concerns building tools
  • RHE 922 Globalization and Health

    This course is meant to give health issues and in particular reproductive and family health issues a global exposure, especially recognizing the non-autarky nature of economies of the world today. It therefore focuses on health systems in Nigeria and Africa at large with a comparative bias as well as health and globalization. Topics therefore shall include:

  • Comparative health systems
     Basis for comparison
  • International comparison of health expenditure and outcomes
  • Changing trends in the state-markets mix
  • International migration of health personnel
  • Global public health issues
  • RHE 923 Health Sector Reforms

    The economy is dynamic and so should the principles and policies that guide her activities. This is necessary for adequate policy engineering in reproductive and family health. This course shall therefore focus on health sector policy reforms with a special bias in reproduction and family health policy subsector.

    Topics to be treated therefore are:

  • Health sector reforms:
     Reproductive and family health content
     Global context
  • African initiatives in health sector reforms
     Reproductive and family health context
  • Current trends in health sector reforms
     Reproductive and family health context
  • Lessons for health policy development in Nigeria and Africa.
  • RHE 923 THESES

    This shall be under the supervision of the department as prescribed by the programme. To wit: One local supervisor One foreign supervisor Subject to : internal defense in the department External defense at post graduate school of studies.

Apply Today

Admission Requirements

Apply Today

Join Over 500 Students Already Studying in CERHI UNIBEN Now

Become Part of CERHI UNIBEN to Further Your Career.

Apply Now !