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Introduction to Economic Evaluation

Beijing, China
Summer term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Thu 06/20/2019 - Sat 06/22/2019
Class Times:
  • Th F Sa,  8:30am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judith Holzer

Prepares students to read and interpret cost-effectiveness studies. Introduces the basic economic concepts that are needed in order to understand the recommendations from the United States Panel on Cost Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, such as the distinction between opportunity costs and budgetary costs. Considers review recommendations, particularly as they apply to cost-effectiveness research reports. Discusses the relationship between cost-effectiveness results and other elements of the health care policy decision-making process.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Read and interpret cost-effectiveness studies
  2. Describe the methods for conducting scientifically-rigorous cost-effectiveness analyses
Methods of Assessment:

three individual written assignments 60%; class participation 15%; self-assessment quizzes 10%; group project 15%

Enrollment Restriction:

restricted to those in the Tsinghua cohort(s) only

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:


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Special Comments:

This course will be offered over a 3-day period in Beijing China. Students complete readings prior to the first class session