Dietetics and Nutrition

Principles of Health Care and Health Economics

Lecture, 1.00 ECTS


Course content

• Introduction to the Austrian healthcare system and healthcare facilities (NGOs, non-profit organisations, etc.)
• overview of structures and developments of the healthcare system (health promotion, wellness, rehabilitation)
• current developments in health and social policy
• introduction to the terminology of health economics
• economic benefits of nutrition in prevention and therapy
• healthcare financing
• documentation of services/cost accounting

Recommended literature
Specialist literature (latest editions):
Kohlhammer, Gesundheitsökonomie
Hajen Paetow, Schumacher, Krankenhausstruktruren, Methoden, Praxisbeispiele
Lauterbach, Stock, Brummer, Gesundheitsökonomie

Lecture with case examples

Learning outcomes

Students acquire a deeper understanding and knowledge of professional principles, sociology, ethics, health economics, ecology and public health, which allow them to recognise and understand the responsibilities, competences, possibilities and limits of their independent medical-therapeutic work in the context of ethical, social, political, economic, ecological and institutional frameworks and developments.
They learn to work in multi-professional teams to develop sustainable solutions in the fields of preventive health care and public health and to provide nutritional advice as part of health promotion and prevention.
They understand the interrelations between individual health and diet on the one hand and social, cultural, economic and ecological factors on the other. They understand how their profession is embedded in the Austrian healthcare system.

On completion of the module students will be able to:
--> realistically assess their own skills in terms of the technical, organisational, coordination and administrative requirements of the profession;
--> take into account cultural and religious needs, lifestyles and values;
--> work in accordance with economic and ecological principles;
--> contribute to the further development of the profession.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Hofmarcher, M. M. (2013). Das österreichische Gesundheitssystem. Akteure, Daten, Analyse.
Berlin: Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft.
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Bundesministerium für Gesundheit. (2013). Das österreichische Gesundheitssystem. Zahlen-Daten-Fakten. Wien.
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