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 of health care access, history and reform of health care policy, and the development and evolution of insurance, hospital and health care provider markets. Students will be challenged to further develop and apply a reformed Christian world-view to these issues. This course is recommended for students seeking a professional career in health care management, human resources, medicine, mental health professions, nursing or public policy. Not open to first-year students.