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IESEG School of Management ( IÉSEG )

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Niveau Année de formation Période Langue d'enseignement 
Professeur(s) responsable(s)J.TIESSEN
Intervenant(s) Jim TIESSEN

Pré requis

Students should be familiar with introductory principles of microeconomics and management (organizational behaviour, human resources and strategy).

Objectifs du cours

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
This course (1) introduces key healthcare economics concepts (2) compares health care systems (France, UK, US, Germany, Japan and Canada) (3) highlights common issues and solutions to healthcare issues and (4) outlines key hospital management issues (strategy, accreditation, HR, practices) in these environments.

Contenu du cours

The course unfolds this way. Day 1: How do healthcare systems differ? What makes a healthcare system “good”? What are the economics of healthcare? Day 2: How do healthcare systems in developed countries work? Focus on systems (organization, finance and delivery) in France, the US, Germany, and the UK, Day 3: Systems in Canada and Japan. Management functions in hospitals. Structure and approaches. Day 4: Issues in comparative perspective (based on presentations).

Modalités d'enseignement

Organisation du cours

TypeNombre d'heuresRemarques
Face to face
lecture16,00   The class will be a mix of lectures and class discussion.
Independent work
Reference manual 's readings8,00  
Independent study
Group Project6,00  
Estimated personal workload12,00  
Charge de travail globale de l'étudiant42,00  

Méthodes pédagogiques

  • Presentation
  • Research
  • Seminar
  • Project work


The elements are: (1) Class participation (20%), (2) Health system comparison project (30%) (3) Presentation and paper (50%).

(1) Participation – Individual – Every day

You will be assessed on your preparation and contributions to the class. You may be asked to do a very short (2 or 3 questions) on the assigned readings.

2. Health System Comparison Project – Individual - Tuesday

The written assignment must be properly referenced (i.e. full sources, including author, title, web address, date or date accessed etc.). The paper will be marked equally in terms of style and content. The assignment is:

Compare health care in France, the UK, the US, Germany, Japan and Canada using OECD Health Data 2016 – Frequently requested data Full site is here.

Compare the countries on these dimensions: a. population health (life expectancy, infant mortality, lifestyle – smoking, Body Mass Index), b. spending (amount), c. resource availability (technology, beds, nurses, doctors), d. source of spending (public, private, out of pocket) and e. overall (i.e. based on comparisons, identify the “best”). You may add other dimensions if you want to. Conclude with a paragraph summarizing your findings and stating which country has the “best” system, and why. Combine more than one indicator in each table.

Make sure the tables are properly formatted. The units and years of data should be obvious.

Point form is OK. It can be 3 to 5 pages long. Tuesday before class.

3. Presentation and paper – Small group (2-5, depending on size of class) – Friday

Make a short (10-15 minute, 10 slide) presentation answering one of the following questions for two countries: a. How is care delivered to rural populations? b. How are primary and acute care integrated? c. Is the health care system sustainable? We will choose the topic in the Tuesday class.
You also must produce a short paper of 6-10 pages. The paper will include (a) Title page with names of group members (b) Introduction (briefly state issue, and map out paper), (c) Issue definition and background (i. general issue, international context –e.g. all countries have this problem, because …) (d) briefly domestic contexts (2 paragraphs each on system, private/public, social security or not, demography) (e) solutions tried in the two countries and (f) analysis (good/bad, recommendations).

Hand in (submit) your slides and paper.

Type de ContrôleDuréeNombrePondération
Continuous assessment
Group Project0,00150,00
Individual Project0,00130,00
TOTAL     100,00


  • Mossialos, E., Wenzl, M, Osburn, R. and Anderson, C. (2016). 2015 International Profiles of Health Care Systems. New York: The Commonwealth Fund. Retrieved from (International Profiles). -

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