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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Judy Holzer
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013

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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
identify main factors and mechanisms that may affect health status in an economic crisis
identify the elements for a research design or health report
evaluate public policies that can mitigate the adverse effects of business cycle

Methods of Assessment: in class participation and final written paper
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Class Times:
  • Mon 11/12/2012 - Wed 11/14/2012
  • Monday 8:30 - 6:00
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 6:00
  • Wednesday 8:30 - 6:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

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

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Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2014-2015