College of Public Health students graduating

HA 636

Course Information

Credit Hours: 3

Health Economics

This course applies general theoretical principles of economics to the health care sector. The basic approach is to recognize the importance of scarcity and incentives, allowing for differences peculiar to health. The demand and supply of health and medical care are examined as they involve physicians, nurses and hospitals. The competitiveness of their markets, health insurance and the role of government are explored. Special topics include regulation and planning, benefit-cost analysis, and reform health plans. Prereq: The economics prerequisite can be met in three ways: (a) an undergraduate principles course in microeconomics and HA/PA 652; (b) an undergraduate microeconomics principles course and a graduate course in managerial economics; or (c) an undergraduate microeconomics principles course and an intermediate microeconomics course. (Same as ECO 653/ PA 636.)