410.722.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
T 8:30:00 AM
  • Intended Audience
    HBS and other interested doctoral students, 2nd year and beyond; MHS students with instructor consent.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on exams, homework, course project and presentation
  • Prerequisites
  • Course Schedule

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

  • Academic Ethics Code

    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.

  • Contact Information
    David Holtgrave
    Teaching Assistants
    Rose Zulliger
    Jenna Riis
    Shari Feirman
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • identify key decisions that must be made in determining what interventions to use in applied public health programs,
    • identify the roles behavioral research can play in informing this decision making,
    • identify ways to make behavioral research more applicable to to this decision making,
    • identify key decision analytic and economic evaluation methods that can be used to aid policy makers and program administrators who must make these decisions,
    • describe the ways in which each of the decision analytic methods has been used (or failed to be used) in a real public health policy situation, and
    • apply the methods to a public health area of interest to the learner
  • Course Description
    Examines how behavioral research (especially intervention research) is used, and not used, by policy makers and program administrators to determine what public health services are delivered. Defines the major types of decisions made in determining services to deliver in public health programs and major decision analytic methods used to aid these selections. Types of decisions include (1) how much to invest in service for one disease area relative to another, (2) determining if an intervention is affordable for large-scale delivery, and (3) choosing how much to invest in each of several different types of services within one disease area. Methods include decision tree analysis, cost analysis, and cost-utility analysis.
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