About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for HEALTH ECONOMICS II (313.644.01), a course offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Building on the basic concepts and applications presented in Health Economics I, students in Health Economics II are exposed to some of the seminal topics in health economics, with a particular focus on the issues of human capital, economics of the household and the demand for healthy and risky behaviors. Topics include: the economic returns of education; economics of the household; the demand for health (Grossman Model); addiction; teen sex; obesity, the statistical value of a life, and fertility. While it will not be the focus of the class, some time will be spent on the dynamic modeling and econometric techniques that are used in the papers that we review. Teaching methods include lectures, group discussion and problem solving exercises, and hands on experiments.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • predict behavior of individuals, firms, health care providers, and governments based on economic theory reflecting all changes in incentives that a new piece of information, new policy, treatment guideline, prevention recommendation, or reimbursement mechanism might create
  • propose methods (and discuss their limitations) of testing the hypotheses generated by predictions based on economic theory
  • write clearly about economics both for others versed in economics and for more general audiences

Course Time

Tue Thu   3:30 PM to 4:50 PM

Course Faculty

313.641 Health Economics I

Intended Audience

MPH, MHS, PhD and DrPH students interested in this area.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: 6 one-paragraph writing assignments; 6 short essays (750 words each); 1 article review; Final assignment (1250 word essay)

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Kevin Frick
E-mail: kfrick@jhsph.edu