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Social economics of health and medical care in the age of global financial crisis: a teaching proposal

Yavuz Yasar (Department of Economics, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 25 October 2018

Issue publication date: 27 September 2019




The purpose of this paper is to propose an alternative, interdisciplinary teaching of health, health care and medical care based on three pillars: social economics, the social determinants of health (SDH) and ethics. Based on these three pillars, the global financial crisis is presented as the moment of manifestation of the SDH at individual and aggregate levels that require a critical analysis from a broader perspective that is possible with social economics and ethics.


The author designed a writing-intensive course based on four modules about definition of health, health care, medical care and determinants of health; political economy of financing and organization of medical care; policies including reform proposals; and medical ethics and moral philosophies that reflect back on the previous topics, respectively.


The course attracts students from different disciplines who found it realistic and comprehensive so that it can be related easily to other disciplines owing to its interdisciplinary design. It also helps students to improve their writing skills.

Research limitations/implications

The course is taught only in US context and is still open to further development.

Practical implications

The theoretical pillars of the course can be adopted and experimented with in different contexts (e.g. wars, plagues, immigration, etc.) and inform the participants about the subject matters from a broader perspective.


This paper provides a successful and novel teaching experience of health and medical care by putting social economics, SDH and ethics together.



The author of this paper has not made the research data set openly available. Any enquiries regarding the data set can be directed to the corresponding author.


Yasar, Y. (2019), "Social economics of health and medical care in the age of global financial crisis: a teaching proposal", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 46 No. 8, pp. 1004-1017.



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