Syllabus PAM/ ECON 4380: Economics of Public Health Spring 2011Professor:Don KenkelPhone 255-2594102 MVR HallEmail:[email protected]Course Meets:M - W - F 10:10 - 11:00 a.m. 157 MVR HallOffice Hours: Mondays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., and by email appointment.Teaching Assistant:Joe LeCates([email protected]) TA’s Office Hours:Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm, 107 MVR HallCourse Description Prerequisites: Intermediate Microeconomics (PAM 2000 or equivalent), Econometrics (PAM3100 or equivalent)Uses the economic approach to study public health policies. Public health policies focus ontobacco, obesity, alcohol, illicit drugs, gun violence, sexually transmitted diseases, and othermajor causes of death and disease. Students will apply the concepts of market failures and theprinciples of cost-benefit analysis to public health problems. Students will examine how privatesector advertising and public information campaigns, taxation, regulation, prohibition, andlitigation affect public health. The course will also examine policies to address health disparitiesrelated to socioeconomic status.Course Requirements and GradingPreliminary examination #125%Preliminary examination #225%Homework assignments15% Final examination35%The examinations will be held in class. Any scheduling problems must be discussed withme in advance; there will be no makeup examinations unless I have given my permission prior tothe scheduled date of the examination. The homework assignments and examinations will be based on material covered inlecture and in the assigned readings as listed in the syllabus. The examinations will consist ofshort essay questions and economic problems. Questions on the some of the homeworkassignments will be similar in form and content to the examinations. Other homeworkassignments will be 2- 3 page writing assignments.
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