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PhD in Health Economics from the Population, Family, and Reproductive Health Department

This degree has been created for students who want to become experts in economic demography, household economics, population economics, and cost-effectiveness analysis of reproductive health interventions.

Students enrolling in the PFRH PhD in Health Economics Program will be invited to select one of the existing three tracks as a home track for purposes of seminar participation and they will take 12 additional credits in their track for depth. Additionally, students will be invited to select one of two concentrations: applied economics and economic evaluation.

The applied economics concentration focuses on conducting empirical analyses of hypotheses generated by economic theory. The coursework includes PhD-level classes from the Department of Economics at the University's Homewood Campus. The economic evaluation concentration focuses on state-of-the-art methods for performing economic evaluation of various interventions and includes some advanced courses in biostatistics and epidemiology.

These core requirements should be completed before comprehensive exams in January of the second year:

Option 1: Applied Economics Concentration

Course NumberCourse NameUnits
Term
180.636
Statistical Inference (Homewood)3
1st
180.636Statistical Inference (Homewood)22nd
313.790Understanding Cost-Effectiveness22nd
180.633Econometrics (Homewood)33rd
180.633Econometrics (Homewood)34th
221.644Econometric Methods for Evaluation of Health Programs
44th

Option 2: Economic Evaluation Concentration

Course NumberCourse NameUnitsTerm
309.617Advanced Methods in Health Services Research31st
313.790Understanding Cost-Effectiveness22nd
313.631Economic Evaluation II
43rd
340.606Systems Reviews and Meta-Analysis
53rd
313.642Economic Evaluation III
34th

The following courses are required for the second year:

Option 1: Applied Economics Concentration

Course NumberCourse NameUnitsTerm
180.000
Math Camp for First-Year Graduate Students

Summer
180.601Microeconomic Theory I (Homewood)31st
180.615Mathematical Models in Economics I (Homewood)
31st
309.716Advanced Methods in Health Services Research
31st
313.653Microeconomic Models in Public Health I-IV
21st-4th
313.861Public Health Economics Seminar11st-4th
180.601Microeconomic Theory I (Homewood)32nd
180.615Mathematical Models in Economics I (Homewood)
22nd
309.715Advanced Methods in Health Services Research42nd
180.602Microeconomic Theory II (Homewood)33rd
140.654Causal Inference in Medicine and Public Health43rd
306.665Research Ethics and Integrity33rd
180.602Microeconomic Theory II (Homewood)33rd

Option 2: Economic Evaluation Concentration

Course NumberCourse NameUnitsTerm
313.653Microeconomic Models in Public Health I-IV
21st-4th
313.861Public Health Economics Seminar11st-4th
340.608Observational Epidemiology42nd
140.654Causal Inference in Medicine and Public Health43rd
306.655Research Ethics and Integrity33rd
221.644Econometric Methods for Evaluation of Health Programs44th
xxx.xxxEmpirical Methods Electives and/or Special Studies
19-27 

For more information about this program, contact David Bishai.

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