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300.869.98 SS/R: Health Effects of the World-Wide Economic Crisis

Health Policy and Management
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Barcelona, Spain
Mon 11/12/2012 - Wed 11/14/2012
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Analyzes the consequences of the business cycle in population health by identifying the main variations in mortality causes, diseases incidence, mental and self-perceived health. Considers different country experiences and time-frame within the business cycle , as well as the magnitude of the economic fluctuations. Topics include the possible mechanisms of transmission, such as changes in working conditions and employment, lifestyles and living conditions that can result in an unequal distribution of health risk among populations groups. Discusses different methodological approaches commonly used and their limitations. Addresses the importance of public policies that could reduce the adverse effects of economic cycles.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. identify main factors and mechanisms that may affect health status in an economic crisis
  2. identify the elements for a research design or health report
  3. evaluate public policies that can mitigate the adverse effects of business cycle
Methods of Assessment:

in class participation and final written paper

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

full time degree students must obtain permission from Judy Holzer prior to registering for this class

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