221.617.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
W 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    William Reinke
    Antonio Trujillo
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • employ formal principles of decision analysis for appraisal of alternative courses of action;
    • identify and evaluate the appropriateness of behaviors that commonly affect courses of action that go beyond the application of principles of classical economics;
    • integrate economic and behavioral considerations globally into sound courses of action in practical situations covering varied political settings and income levels.
  • Course Description
    Guides students to challenge superficial intuitive judgments that are attractive because they make obvious sense but overlook important considerations that demand more analytical assessment. Human behaviors that then come into play in a more careful analysis are examined for their legitimacy and reasonableness in resolving questions that are traditionally considered to be economic in nature. Where behavioral factors are recognized as relevant we develop ways to blend them with economic perspectives and methods to design balanced action strategies.
  • Intended Audience
    both masters and doctoral students in the Health Systems program in International as well as students with such interests in other departments and the MPH program
  • Methods of Assessment
    Participation in class discussions (40%); submission of 4 short papers that provide a critical analysis of specified behavioral economics issues identified in the course (60%).
  • Prerequisites
    Introduction to Microeconomics (313.639) and Biostatistics (140.611 or 140.621) or equivalent
  • Course Schedule

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

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