Health Economics for Policy Management is offered in two different modalities. Online is instructed by Adjunct Instructor Christopher Jackson and In-person is instructed by Professor Dr. Seth Freedman.
Economic principles play a key role in understanding/improving health policy and management. Health economics applies the tools of the discipline to questions in the organization, delivery, and financing to understand health, health care, and health insurance systems, and to critically evaluate current policy debates in the US and globally.
Health management and policy are both exciting and evolving fields in which economics plays a vital role. This course will serve as both an introduction to the organization of the US healthcare system and build skills for analyzing this system via economics. Economics is the study of how we can use our limited resources to benefit people and society. Economics also develops models to help explain how individuals and businesses think and operate. Health economics applies the tools of economics to issues of the organization, delivery, and financing to understand health, the healthcare, and health insurance systems, and to critically evaluate current management and policy debates.
Course Goal: By the end of the semester you will develop an understanding of the US healthcare system and develop the skills to analyze the healthcare sector through the lens of economics.
1. Describe the system of healthcare financing and delivery arrangements in the US
2. Analyze implications of recent and expected changes in US healthcare for healthcare organizations and policy makers
3. Apply relevant economic concepts to the healthcare sector
4. Identify the role of economic factors in individual, organizational, and policy decisions
5. Recognize the importance of data and evidence in solving managerial and policy problems