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Introduction to Health Economics

East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Sat 02/13/2021 - Wed 02/17/2021
Class Times:
  • M W Sa,  8:30am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
  • Douglas Hough
Judith Holzer

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 Objectives:

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

  1. Compare and contrast the demand for health and health care
  2. Motivate the demand for health insurance
  3. Describe the economics of production of health services
  4. Discuss the production and supply of health professionals
  5. Discuss the supply of technologies (including medical devices and pharmaceutical products)
  6. Discuss the economics of public health externalities, and the role of government in remedying market failures in the health care sector
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Assignments
  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Group Project(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

Part-time DrPH students in the Tsinghua cohort only

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

enrollment restricted to students in the Tsinghua DrPH cohort only.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will be offered over a 3-day period in Baltimore. Students are required to complete assignments prior to the start of class.