313.639.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Alan Sorkin
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • outline and explain the fundamental issues that underlie health economics
    • discuss the concepts of health production and demand for healthcare services
    • discuss the challenges of financing and providing healthcare
    • describe how hospitals and physician services are organized
    • discuss how market forces and public policy affects healthcare providers
  • Course Description
    Introduces economics of the business enterprise, the household, and the industry. Topics include supply and demand, price and income elasticity, equilibrium of the firm, and the measurement of poverty and inequality
  • Intended Audience
    Students who are planning to take health economics courses and have no previous experience in basic economics
  • Methods of Assessment
    Exams include two separate final examinations each quarter: (1) on basic microeconomic concepts and (2) on the application of these concepts to health and health care.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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