ECON 230
The Economics of Health and Health Care Spring 2025
Division II Writing Skills

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What is health? How do we improve it? Health is an essential component of individual well-being and a fundamental input to a productive economy, making its production a societal priority, as well as an individual one. This course examines the economics of the supply and demand for health through applied microeconomic analysis. The course focuses on three broad areas: the inputs to health and the demand for health care; the structure and functioning of health care markets and the roles of key institutions; and the role of public policy in furthering individual and population health. Special attention will be devoted to topics of current policy interest, including health disparities, problems of health care costs and cost containment, health insurance reform and the Affordable Care Act, the role of public health interventions, and drug development and regulation.
The Class: Format: lecture; The class is a mixture of lecture and discussion.
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 3872
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Several short papers, participation in class discussion, and a final research project and presentation.
Prerequisites: ECON 110 and a class in statistics
Enrollment Preferences: Economics majors who need a 200-level elective, Political Economy majors, and Public Health concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: Students will write 3 policy memos over the course of the semester. Synthesis of peer-reviewed literature, use of citation management systems, and clarity in technical writing will be emphasized. Students will receive timely, substantial, individualized feedback to develop their technical writing ability over the course of the semester. Opportunities to meet with professor outside of class at any stage of writing.
Attributes: PHLH Decision-Making by Institutions + Individuals
POEC Depth
POEC Skills

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