ECON-241   Health Economics & Health Policy

An introduction to economics in the context of a study of health economics and health policy, with detailed focus on the U.S. health care system. The intent of the course is to develop an understanding of economic principles that can be used with other criteria to evaluate the historical and future direction of the U.S. health care system. Topics include efficiency and the equity of resource allocation, ethical perspectives on health care access, history and current direction of U.S. and international health care policy, and the development and evolution of insurance, hospital and health care provider markets. This course is recommended for students seeking a professional career in health care management, human resources, medicine, mental health professions, nursing, public health or public policy. Not open to first-year students.