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Health Economics @ Hopkins

Interdepartmental Health Economics Program

The Interdisciplinary Health Economics Program (IHEP) is a collaboration between economics faculty between three departments at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Each of these departments offers concentrations in health economics at the Master’s and Doctoral level.

The Certificate in Public Health Economics

The certificate in public health economics will interest public health professionals who are just beginning their career as well as mid-career professionals. Doctoral and masters level graduate students already at Johns Hopkins University can apply. Students from outside can also enroll after applying for special student status.

The Master’s in Health Science (MHS) in Health Economics

The Johns Hopkins MHS program is for students who are interested in developing a strong foundation in the methods necessary to promote the efficient and equitable allocation of resources in the provision of preventive and curative medicine across the globe.  The MHS is available through either the Health Policy and Management Department or the International Health Department.

The Doctorate in Health Economics

The PhD in Health Economics prepares doctoral students for conducting innovative research on the economics of health and health.  PhD training in Health Economics is available through the Health Policy and Management Department or International Health Department or Population Family and Reproductive Health.

Graduate Training in Health Economics @ JohnsHopkins

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Practice News

David Bishai, PhD, a professor in the Population, Family, and Reproductive Health Department, is organizing a conference for the Southeastern Health Economics Study Group, which will be hosted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on October 25-26. For more information, including the tentative agenda, please refer to the conference website.


Interdepartmental Health Economics Seminar Series

Thursday, February 20, 12-1:30 pm
Hampton House 901

"Economic downturns and substance use treatment: Evidence from admissions data"

J. Catherine Maclean, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of
Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania

Fall 2013 seminars.
Spring 2013 seminars.
Fall 2012 seminars.


Our People


Lauren Hersch Nicholas is a health economist whose research focuses on the role of public policy in improving health and healthcare quality for the elderly.  Lauren received her PhD in 2008 from Columbia University and was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.  Her current research combines survey, administrative, and clinical data to study the interaction between healthcare utilization and economic outcomes. She has received several awards for her research including the National Academy of Social Insurance John Heinz Dissertation Award and the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award. 

Lauren’s primary methodological interests include combining clinical and econometric approaches to answer questions in medical and health economics, with an emphasis on surgery, end-of-life care, and Medicare policy. 

 Lauren Hersch Nicholas

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