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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Douglas Hough
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Applies the analytical tools of economics to issues in health care that are especially relevant to managers and leaders of health care organizations. Topics include: the use of economic incentives to influence health behavior; asymmetric information and the role of agency in health care; the application of behavioral economics to health care; government as payer and regulator, and equity/ethical considerations; the role of health insurance; and the theory of the firm as it applies to physicians, hospitals, and systems.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Apply economic tools appropriately to analyze business issues in health care.
Develop an analytical, logically-ordered, critically constructive style of analysis of issues in health care organization, delivery, and financing
Integrate current literature on economic concepts, methods, and applications to issues in health care and the general political economy
Apply lessons from class to real-life situations, in health care and in the general political economy

Methods of Assessment: Weekly Assignments 30 %; Economic Issue Analysis 25%; Literature Review 25%; Course Participation 20%
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 10:30 - 11:50
  • Friday 10:30 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 20
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Enrollment Restriction: open to graduate students only
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail