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Health economics education in undergraduate medical training: introducing the health economics education (HEe) website

Raymond Oppong1*, Hema Mistry2 and Emma Frew1

Author Affiliations

1 Health Economics Unit, School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

2 Warwick Evidence, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

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BMC Medical Education 2013, 13:126  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-13-126

Published: 13 September 2013

Abstract

In the UK, the General Medical Council clearly stipulates that upon completion of training, medical students should be able to discuss the principles underlying the development of health and health service policy, including issues relating to health economics. In response, researchers from the UK and other countries have called for a need to incorporate health economics training into the undergraduate medical curricula. The Health Economics education website was developed to encourage and support teaching and learning in health economics for medical students. It was designed to function both as a forum for teachers of health economics to communicate and to share resources and also to provide instantaneous access to supporting literature and teaching materials on health economics. The website provides a range of free online material that can be used by both health economists and non-health economists to teach the basic principles of the discipline. The Health Economics education website is the only online education resource that exists for teaching health economics to medical undergraduate students and it provides teachers of health economics with a range of comprehensive basic and advanced teaching materials that are freely available. This article presents the website as a tool to encourage the incorporation of health economics training into the undergraduate medical curricula.

Keywords:
Medical students; Health economics; Online educational resource; Website