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Health Policy and Management

PhD Concentration in Health Economics & Policy

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Program Curriculum for 2020

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The concentration in Health Economics and Policy prepares doctoral students to address the most pressing challenges in health and health care through innovative, rigorous, and interdisciplinary research on the economics of health and healthcare.

Health economics is a field of study that applies the theoretical concepts and empirical methods of economic analysis to various issues in health and health care, ranging from understanding underlying patient, provider, and insurer behaviors to evaluating various healthcare interventions.

This program integrates traditional training in economics with practical training in health policy and health services research to train the next generation of health economists. The required curriculum stresses a solid grounding in applied modern microeconomic theory, economic evaluation, quantitative methods and econometrics, including PhD-level courses from the Department of Economics in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The curriculum offers a broad exposure to the health economics literature and public health disciplines, and stresses the policy implications of these fields of research.

Doctoral students are paired with a faculty advisor from the Health Economics concentration with similar research interests. Faculty in the Health Economics concentration are working in a variety of research areas including understanding health insurance design, the economic implications of health and health care disparities, market forces and health care prices, pharmaceutical economics, and payment design and access. Doctoral students will also have the opportunity to work with other faculty within the Department, as well as faculty from other Departments including International Health, Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Biostatistics, the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, the Carey Business School, and the Department of Economics. Students also often work with various centers and initiatives across the University, including the Hopkins Business of Health Initiative.

The program prepares students for successful research careers as health economists. Former students have gone onto careers in academia, government, research-oriented non-profits, and the private sector.

Program Director
Matthew Eisenberg, PhD