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330.606.01 ECONOMICS OF MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

Department:
Mental Health
Term:
4th term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm

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Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Pierre Alexandre
Course Instructor:
  • Pierre Alexandre
Description:

Uses real-world issues and case studies to analyze economic decision-making techniques in the context of behavioral health care systems and markets. Examines concepts of economic costs; measurement of mental health services utilization; modeling of mental disorders and employment; financing of behavioral health care; and payments models and insurance markets for behavioral heath. Students are introduced to (1) the principles of opportunity cost, (2) supply and demand for behavioral health, (3) imperfect information and physician-induced demand, (4) moral hazard and adverse selection in insurance markets, and (5) cost-outcome methods of mental health programs.

Methods of Assessment:

Paper

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent required of undergraduates.

For consent, contact:

pialexan@jhsph.edu