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Health care analysis in an international perspective

Learn how health care systems work and how health care decision making can be analyzed from an interdisciplinary perspective

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CIVIS focus area
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Medicine and Health
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Short-term
  • CIVIS Hub 3
Course dates
4 - 7 July 2022

This summer school provides a thorough introduction to health care analysis from an interdisciplinary, international perspective. It will introduce students to the theory and methodology of the social and economic evaluation of health care and health policy, bringing the issues alive with numerous case studies using different health care settings as examples. The curriculum will focus on the idea of “shaping the system”: how different actors and institutions make choices in individual settings as well as complex organizational environments.

The international faculty will approach individual and systems-level decision-making in health care from different institutional, geographical and disciplinary perspectives, looking at the roles of national regulators, hospital administrators, patients, and other actors, using approaches from health economics, health services research, public policy, management science, and other areas. Students will also be challenged to look beyond traditional decision analysis by considering the latest results from behavioral economics and the ethical issues of decision-making in health care.

Main topics addressed

  • Health care systems around the world
  • Health economics and economic evaluation
  • Impact evaluation of health policies
  • Quality of life
  • Behavioral economics and health care
  • Health care ethics
  • Behavioral interventions for healthy behaviors
  • COVID-19 and health care analysis
  • Quality and performance indicators in hospitals
  • Complex interventions and their evaluation
  • Statistical analysis in R
  • Health care tourism
  • Case studies from various countries

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand different categories and funding schemes of health care systems
  • Distinguish major differences in organization of health care provision
  • Understand how to identify and measure the costs and consequences of health interventions
  • Understand the formal steps of designing evaluations for complex interventions
  • Identify the foundational concepts and methods employed in behavioral economics of health care
  • Apply ethical concepts and theories to health care analysis
  • Understand how basic statistical tools can help derive important practical results
  • Analyze case studies from an interdisciplinary perspective
Dates: 4 - 7 July 2022 Location: Bucharest, Romania
Format: Physical ECTS: 4*
Language: English CIVIS scholarships: 20
Contact hours: 36 Contact point: Greg Bognar

*The recognition of ECTS depends on your home university. 


This CIVIS course is open to Bachelor's, Master and PhD students at the CIVIS member universities enrolled or interested in the following field of study: health economics, health services research, management science, medical humanities, health care ethics, behavioral economics, statistics, medicine, health law. 

A B2 level of English is required.

Application process

Interested students should send a 1-page CV and a motivation letter (no longer than 2 pages) explaining their background and interest to by 31 March 2022.

Selected students will be notified by 1 May 2022. 


Students will be assessed based on an online exam after the completion of the Summer School.

The online exam will be composed of multiple-choice questions and short open-ended questions.

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Greg Bognar

Greg Bognar is an Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University and Senior Researcher at the Stockholm Centre for Healthcare Ethics (CHE). He is the co-author of The Ethics of Health Care Rationing (Routledge, 2014, second edition forthcoming in 2022) and co-editor of Aging without Agism? Conceptual Puzzles and Policy Proposals (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). His main research interests are in population-level bioethics and politics, philosophy, and economics (PPE), particularly in priority settings in health care, the ethical issues of demographic change and population ageing, and issues of distributive justice in public health.

Elena Druică

Elena Druică is a Full Professor of Research Methods and Methodology, Applied Statistics and Evidence-Based Policies with the University of Bucharest. She was formally trained in Mathematics, completing her PhD in Statistics. She is an advisor of the Romanian Authority for Quality in Public Health, and she works with the Romanian Alliance of Chronic Patients to assess patients’ values, attitudes and satisfaction. She is trained in R software, and also proficient in Eviews and WarpPLS.

Debora Di Gioacchino

Debora Di Gioacchino is an Associate Professor of Economic Policy at Sapienza Università di Roma. She holds a PhD from Cambridge University. She teaches Economic Policy and Health Economics at the Master level. Her current research interests are political economy, education and health. Her publications range over a variety of topics including education, social preferences, and tax evasion.

Dr Rodica Ianole-Călin

Dr Rodica Ianole-Călin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Data Analysis at the University of Bucharest, Romania. She holds a PhD in Behavioral Economics and coordinates a master program in this field of specialization. She teaches Microeconomics, Game Theory, and Experimental & Behavioral Economics. Her research interests include topics in transformative consumer research and applied microeconomics (including health, informality, and sustainability).

Daphne Kaitelidou

Daphne Kaitelidou is a Professor of Health Services Management and Policy in the Department of Nursing at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Director of Center for Health Services Management and Evaluation. She is the Chair of the National Organization for Quality Assurance in Health and a national representative on the OECD Health Committee. Since 2002 she has lectured in the Master in Health Services Management program at NKUA and has also worked as a contractual academic staff at the Greek Open University and the Open University of Cyprus.

Manon Roche

Manon Roche works both at the public teaching hospital of Marseille (Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Marseille, AP-HM) and at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Aix-Marseille Université in the Therapeutic Chemistry Department. Her hospital activities are dedicated to the choice of medical strategies and the purchase of drugs, in particular, innovative drugs. She is part of the drug evaluation committee within the AP-HM and therefore participates in the evaluation of requests for the use of new drugs. She monitors observational studies in real-life conditions following the use of new drugs.

Carole Siani

Carole Siani is an Associate Professor of Health Economics at Aix-Marseille Université. Her research topics focus on statistical tools for helping decision-making in medico-economic evaluations of innovative health care strategies, with the aim of determining the optimal strategy in terms of costs and effectiveness, and methodological issues in these evaluations to make their results more robust.

Olga Siskou

Olga Siskou is visiting lecturer in Health Economics and Healthcare Management in the Department of Nursing, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Senior Researcher at the Center for Health Services Management and Evaluation at the same department. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Tourism Department at the University of Piraeus. She is a national representative on the OECD Health Committee. Her main research interests lie in the areas of health economics, health policy, performance measurement of health services and human resources management.

Heidrun Sturm

Heidrun Sturm is a Physician, Consultant and health care services Researcher in the Institute of General Practice and Interprofessional Care of the Tübingen University Hospital. She has worked on numerous projects related to health care trends, markets, policies and the development of innovative care structures. Her research and work focus on (comparative) health care systems, innovative care structures, quality of care and evaluation of care structures.

Silvia Coretti

Silvia Coretti is an Assistant Professor in Public Economics at the Sapienza Università di Roma.  She holds a Masters in Health Economics from the University of York and a PhD from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome.

During her studies, she cooperated with the Health Economics Research Unit of the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) as a visiting student and with the Prices and Reimbursement Office of the Italian Medicines Agency as an external consultant.

Her research interests are related to the evaluation of health policies, including decentralization, with a specific focus on the effects of efficiency and productivity.