ECON 620 (01) - Topics in Economics

Top in Econ/Health Economics

Durham   Paul College of Business&Econ :: Economics
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2023 - Full Term (01/24/2023 - 05/08/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   40  
CRN: 56330
Special topics cover a variety of areas in economics, often of special interest to the instructor.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Prerequisite(s): ECON 401 with minimum grade of C- and ECON 402 with minimum grade of C-
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits.
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Instructors: Bradley Herring

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/24/2023 5/8/2023 TR 9:40am - 11:00am PCBE G59
Additional Course Details: 

Course Name: Health Economics

Course Overview: This course introduces undergraduates with prior coursework in microeconomics to the field of health economics by covering issues related both to the demand for health, healthcare, and insurance, and to provider supply of healthcare services and insurance. The material is presented in a series of in-person lectures. Twelve written assignments and two exams will assess student understanding of the material.

Course Description: This course in health economics applies the analytical tools of microeconomics to various issues in health and healthcare. The first half of the course focuses on patient demand, and the second half focuses on provider supply. Topics covered in the former include the demand for health and healthcare, the demand for insurance, cost-effectiveness considerations, health equity, and externalities associated with certain health behaviors. Topics covered in the latter half of the course include the role of nonprofits, provider agency, provider competition versus concentration, insurer behavior, and the effects of government regulation of insurance.