330.606.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    After successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following: identify the information needed to conduct a cost analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and cost-effectiveness analysis with reference to mental disorders; interpret reports on economic cost of mental disorders; explain the basis of economic models of health services utilization and employment with reference to mental illness; and understand the financing scheme of mental health treatment.
  • Course Description

    Uses real-world issues and case studies to analyze economic decision-making techniques in the context of behavioral health care systems and markets. Examines concepts of economic costs; measurement of mental health services utilization; modeling of mental disorders and employment; financing of behavioral health care; and payments models and insurance markets for behavioral heath. Students are introduced to (1) the principles of opportunity cost, (2) supply and demand for behavioral health, (3) imperfect information and physician-induced demand, (4) moral hazard and adverse selection in insurance markets, and (5) cost-outcome methods of mental health programs.

  • Intended Audience

    Students of the department of Mental Health, the School of Public Health, and the University, interested in health economics.”

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: 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.