Priority setting in public health

K. Lawson*, H. Mason, E. McIntosh, C. Donaldson

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The key drivers of population health lie outside the health sector. However, decision makers outside the health sector are primarily interested in delivering sector specific outputs other than health. Economic approaches to priority setting can help align sectors to consider the intersectoral impacts of decisions within an integrated societal framework. First, economic evaluation can explicitly identify and measure all impacts - including health - and value them as inputs into overall social welfare. Second, priority setting tools such as program budgeting marginal analysis and multi-criteria decision analysis can then be used to help translate evidence into policy, where the full consequences of decisions are considered and the overall aim is to improve social welfare.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Health Economics
EditorsAnthony J. Culyer
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780123756794
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Alignment
  • Economic evaluation
  • Healthy public policy
  • Intersectoral impacts
  • Multicriteria decision analysis
  • Policy coordination
  • Priority setting tools
  • Program budgeting marginal analysis
  • Public health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Social welfare
  • Societal perspective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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