312.843.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
WF 10:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Douglas Hough
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Apply economic tools appropriately to analyze business issues in health care.
    • Develop an analytical, logically-ordered, critically constructive style of analysis of issues in health care organization, delivery, and financing
    • Integrate current literature on economic concepts, methods, and applications to issues in health care and the general political economy
    • Apply lessons from class to real-life situations, in health care and in the general political economy
  • Course Description
    Applies the analytical tools of economics to issues in health care that are especially relevant to managers and leaders of health care organizations. Topics include: the use of economic incentives to influence health behavior; asymmetric information and the role of agency in health care; the application of behavioral economics to health care; government as payer and regulator, and equity/ethical considerations; the role of health insurance; and the theory of the firm as it applies to physicians, hospitals, and systems.
  • Intended Audience
    MHA, DrPH and Health Finance and Management certificate students, and others looking for a managerial focus for their health economics studies
  • Methods of Assessment
    Weekly Assignments 30 %; Economic Issue Analysis 25%; Literature Review 25%; Course Participation 20%
  • Course Schedule

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

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