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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Douglas Hough
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Introduces students to the application of economic tools to the interaction among the many stakeholders in the health care system and the public health system. Intended for those students who want an overview of health economics, but who do not expect to pursue additional courses in the field. Uses a standard health economics text as the main reading; also draws on articles from the popular press and professional journals that illustrate the tools of economics or their application to health care and public health issues.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Compare and contrast the demand for health and health care
Motivate the demand for health insurance
Describe the economics of production of health services
Discuss the production and supply of health professionals
Discuss the supply of technologies (including medical devices and pharmaceutical products)
Discuss the economics of public health externalities, and the role of government in remedying market failures in the health care sector

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on homework assignments, two short quizzes, a mid-term, and a final exam.
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 12
Enrollment Restriction: Undergraduates are NOT permitted in this course
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail