309.621.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 3 Credit(s)
MWF 1:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe the impact of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 on the workforce for health care.
    • Use the general principles of labor economics to propose policy options aimed at: relieving shortages in the number and type of health care providers, reducing geographic imbalances in provider distribution, and improving the ratio of primary vs. specialty care providers involved in health care.
    • Explain how to forecast the supply of health professionals and estimate the relationship between provider supply and patient demand for clinical care.
    • Explain the utility of pecuniary and nonpecuniary incentives to influence workforce productivity and efficiency.
    • Analyze the workings of health care labor markets for physicians, nurses, dentists, public health professionals, and non-physician providers.
    • Explain how market forces shape the supply, demand, geographic distribution, specialty mix, and earnings of each type of health professional.
    • Explain the impact of mobility, gender, racial and ethnic disparities on labor markets for health care professionals, and specify remedies to ease workforce inequalities that constrain patient access to health care or services.
  • Course Description

    Acquaints health professionals with the general principles of labor economics and the analytical tools to examine health workforce policy in an era of health reform. Focuses on the role of consumers/patients, estimating the supply of health care professionals, modeling the demand for patient care, addressing geographic imbalances in access to health care and services, and evaluating the productivity of health care providers. Prompts students to think like decision-makers and propose policy solutions to respond to real-world challenges that limit patient access to physicians and other health providers. Lectures stress the application of concepts, examine workforce issues within all health labor markets, and offer contemporary insights about policy and economic options to ease the shortage of providers and improve the quality of health care.

  • Intended Audience

    Internet MPH students and anyone interested in this subject.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: 5% class participation, 15% class assignment, and 80% paper.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.