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|Teaching Health Economics (THE)|
There is not only a need to increase the number of health economists being trained, but also to ensure that course content is of high quality and relevant to address health system needs.
Apart from the larger health economics academic groups, many health economics educators work in relative isolation, sometimes as the only health economist in their institutions. In such contexts, educators have limited access to peer support to help guide content design, assessment procedures, and examples of teaching exercises that help to enhance the student and educator journey. Again, this is particularly the case in LMICs, where health economics educators are not only faced with lack of peer support but also often work within institutions where funding to support the teaching infrastructure is limited.
The THE SIG provides a mechanism for developing a global community of health economics educators who collaborate to promote quality health economics training and to support one another in this endeavor. The benefits of a formal global community of health economics educators are two-fold: first, sharing teaching resources will enhance the delivery of health economics teaching and consequently the student-teacher journey; and second, acting as a supportive network to encourage those skilled in health economics to become active educators will boost teaching capacity yet further.
The aim of the THE SIG is to increase capacity for and the quality of health economics education globally through fostering a collaborative community of health economics educators.
The specific objectives are to:
Initially, our activities to achieve the above objectives will include:
1. Developing a repository of health economics training materials through:
2. Actively using the SocialLink platform for networking between health economics educators, to connect individuals with common interests and to facilitate linking individuals with specific requests and those willing to assist. Facilitated networking between health economics educators that are envisaged include:
3. Organizing pre-congress sessions at each iHEA congress, and regional health economics association conferences, which could take a range of different forms, such as presentations on innovative new training methods and materials, or a training workshop to build capacity in case study material development.
4. Facilitating the submission of organized session proposals for the iHEA congress to highlight the importance of quality health economics training to a broader range of health economists.
THE SIG membership is open to all iHEA members who are interested in health economics education.
Membership can be requested by logging in to the iHEA website, selecting the "groups" section and clicking "request to join" the THE SIG. Membership will then be approved by the conveners of the SIG.
Conveners: Heather Brown (Newcastle University), Allen Goodman (Wayne State University), Di McIntyre (University of Cape Town), Maia Platt (University of Detroit Mercy) and Elizabeth Seidler (Regis College).