313.630.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
WF 10:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Greg deLissovoy
  • Office Hours and Appointments

    (Instructor)  Greg de Lissovoy      503 Hampton House     Office hours:  Friday 1:00 - 3:00 (please make appointment)

    (TA)   Jeromie Ballreich   (office hours by appointment)

    (TA)  Ellen Janssen     (Office hours: Monday 1:00-3:00pm (please make appointment))

  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • identify the cost-effectiveness paradigm, the cost-effectiveness plane and its use for ranking alternatives in league tables and expansion paths
    • describe the role of modeling in economic evaluation
    • identify economic costs and their sources
    • define basic measures of "effect" (natural units, QALYs, DALYs)
  • Course Description
    The first in a three course sequence, students secure a solid foundation in economic evaluation and specifically cost-effectiveness analysis. Students construct a basic decision tree, perform a one-way (univariate) sensitivity analysis, and present the results in a tornado diagram
  • Intended Audience
    Masters and doctoral students looking for a strong introduction to economic evaluation.
  • Methods of Assessment
    homework assignments, in-class quizzes, and class participation, the modeling project, and a brief report (up to 1500 words plus references, tables and figures) describing the model and interpreting findings.
  • Required Text(s)

    Cost-effectiveness analysis in health : a practical approach  (Muennig, Peter)

    Available on line free of charge through Johns Hopkins Libraries (

    Note: reading the textbook is not required.  However, it is a helpful supplement to the assigned readings.  (Readings are accessible through the on-line library)

  • Course Schedule

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

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