FIN 514 (4)
Healthcare Economics

This course is an introduction to the field of health economics. It will use economic tools and concepts to examine the demand for and provision of health care services. Health economics is an active field with a large and growing literature. Health economics plays an important role in many of the most controversial and critical issues in health care and in federal and state policy. Throughout the course, students will discuss important theoretical and empirical work on healthcare, as well as considering some of the new developments in economics and how those can inform our thinking about management and its relation to health care. The goal is to provide an understanding of the key approaches, theories, and findings in health economics, while also stressing advances in economics (in general) that should be valuable to managers in healthcare settings.