313.643.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Douglas Hough
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Apply economic tools appropriately to analyze issues in health care and public health
    • Develop a critically constructive style of analysis of issues in health care organizations, delivery, and financing, as well as health policy
    • Integrate current literature on economic concepts, methods, and applications to issues in health care and public health
    • Apply lessons from class to real-life situations, in health care and public health
  • Course Description
    Introduces the analytical tools of economics and applies them to issues in healthcare. Topics include: resource allocation in health care; government as payor and regulator; asymmetric information and the role of agency; the market for health insurance; market structure and competitive strategy as it applies to health care organizations; the market for labor in health care; and the market for innovations and technology. Uses mainstream neoclassical microeconomic theory as the basis for analysis, but also explores the implications when the assumptions of this model are violated. Uses a standard health economics text as the main reading, but uses journal articles in the field to examine how the profession is analyzing health care and public health issues.
  • Intended Audience
    Masters and doctoral students throughout the school looking for an introduction to the field and tools of health economics. Intended for those students who might pursue additional courses in the field.
  • Methods of Assessment

    Methods of Assessment and % of Grade

    • Periodic Assignments (individual)                            60%
    • Health Economic Issue Analysis (group)                  30%       
    • Course Participation                                                10%
  • Course Schedule

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

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