The course introduces students to the main issues involved in the analysis of the relationship between economic and health variables. Microeconomic theory will be used to illustrate the determinants of demand and supply of health and health care. The course will also investigate the interaction between public and private suppliers of health related services and commodities, as well as the role of regulation. At the end of the course students should be able to understand the key characteristics of modern health care systems and the main challenges posed by their organization and financing. They should also be able to use appropriate techniques and data to support decisions related to health care, including those related to the efficient allocation of scarce resources. To this end, students will be given the opportunity to work in groups on real world situations and to learn how to use appropriate software to address complex situations.