Description: The economics module will provide an introduction to economic reasoning and methods and a sample of research topics that have been approached by economists working on health and health care. Readings will be a mix of classic papers and recent papers that illustrate this approach yet are accessible to both economists and students training in other disciplines.
Course Goals: To provide students with a familiarity with the theoretical and empirical approaches taken by economists working on health and health care, and with the types of questions that have received attention from the discipline, how those approaches and questions compare to those from other disciplines, and how to better understand, communicate with, and collaborate with members of other disciplines.
Competencies: This course will contribute to competencies in economic analysis and interdisciplinary analysis.
How will students be evaluated, and how will grades be determined?
1) Have students lead presentations of papers. Each student not only leads discussion, but also prepares a short summary of the paper along with suggested questions for discussion. [50%]
2) Students identify a pair of papers, one in economics and the other in their own discipline (or for the economists, in the more general health services research literature). The papers should be paired by topic. The students would present the pair, and turn in a short, structured written assignment comparing the approaches of the two papers. [50%]
Learning Objectives: Students should gain a better understanding of the role economics has played in health services research and public health and be able to identify how the approaches and questions addressed by economists compare to those taken by researchers specializing in other social science disciplines.