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Department: Mental Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Pierre Alexandre
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

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 Objective(s):

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following: 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; explain the basis of economic models of health services utilization and employment with reference to mental illness; and understand the financing scheme of mental health treatment.

Methods of Assessment: Paper
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Thursday 1:30 - 2:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

Consent required of undergraduates.

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Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail