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309.621.11 Health Care Workforce: Policy Analysis and Economics

Health Policy and Management
Summer Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Mon 06/03/2013 - Fri 06/14/2013
Class Times:
  • M W F,  1:00 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Pamela Davis
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Acquaints health professionals with the general principles of labor economics and the analytical tools to examine health workforce policy in an era of health reform. Focuses on the role of consumers/patients, estimating the supply of health care professionals, modeling the demand for patient care, addressing geographic imbalances in access to health care and services, and evaluating the productivity of health care providers. Prompts students to think like decision-makers and propose policy solutions to respond to real-world challenges that limit patient access to physicians and other health providers. Lectures stress the application of concepts, examine workforce issues within all health labor markets, and offer contemporary insights about policy and economic options to ease the shortage of providers and improve the quality of health care.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the impact of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 on the workforce for health care.
  2. Use the general principles of labor economics to propose policy options aimed at: relieving shortages in the number and type of health care providers, reducing geographic imbalances in provider distribution, and improving the ratio of primary vs. specialty care providers involved in health care.
  3. Explain how to forecast the supply of health professionals and estimate the relationship between provider supply and patient demand for clinical care.
  4. Explain the utility of pecuniary and nonpecuniary incentives to influence workforce productivity and efficiency.
  5. Analyze the workings of health care labor markets for physicians, nurses, dentists, public health professionals, and non-physician providers.
  6. Explain how market forces shape the supply, demand, geographic distribution, specialty mix, and earnings of each type of health professional.
  7. Explain the impact of mobility, gender, racial and ethnic disparities on labor markets for health care professionals, and specify remedies to ease workforce inequalities that constrain patient access to health care or services.
Methods of Assessment:

5% class participation, 15% class assignment, and 80% paper.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required