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330.606.01 Economics of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders


Mental Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Pierre Alexandre
Course Instructor:
  • Pierre Alexandre

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.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the information needed to conduct a cost analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and cost-effectiveness analysis with reference to mental disorders; interpret reports on economic cost of mental disorders
  2. Explain the basis of economic models of health services utilization and employment with reference to mental illness
  3. Understand the financing scheme of mental health treatment
Methods of Assessment:


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Consent required for all students

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