Public Health Economics
Economics is the study of choices in a world of scarcity. In this course we explore how markets function by examining the demand behavior of consumers and the supply behavior of firms. We explore how market-based factors and governmental policies impact market outcomes. The concepts of private and social welfare are introduced as a framework for assessing the performance of markets. The course concludes with an application of economic tools to the policy issue of cigarette smoking. The material is quite general in nature, and is intended to improve the ability of preparedness professionals to project how markets will respond to significant public health events.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students
- Identify how supply and demand behaviors affect market outcomes (price and quantities)
- Identify how government policies (taxes, price controls) impact market outcomes (prices and quantities)
- Evaluate the impact of policy interventions on market efficiency (private economic surplus/welfare)
- Differentiate between private economic surplus and social surplus and understand the potential importance of externalities in public policy
David Becker Ph.D.
David Becker is an Assistant Professor at UAB in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to attending graduate school, Becker was a researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Stanford, CA; 1997-99) and a healthcare consultant with The Lewin Group (1996-97). Professor Becker specializes in health, labor and regulatory economics and has published in peer-reviewed publications including the Journal of Health Economics, Health Services Research and the Journal of the American Medical Association.
- 3.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 3.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Public Health Economics
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