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Su2011DeLia316_H6 - Rutgers University Department of...

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Page 1 of 8 Rutgers University Prof. Derek DeLia Department of Economics Summer 2011 Health Economics 01:220:316:H6 (94389) (This course is a higher-level elective) Hickman Hall (HCK), Room 202 Monday/Wednesday, 6:00PM 9:40PM July 11 August 17, 2011 Contact information Derek DeLia, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor The Center for State Health Policy Rutgers, The State University 112 Paterson Street, Room 540 New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Phone: 848-932-4671 Email: [email protected] (Please use subject line: Health Econ 316, Summer 2011) Office hours: Monday 4:00-5:00, Tuesday 4:00-5:00, & by appointment (If the doors are locked before 5:00, please call my phone number and I will buzz you in.) Important dates Last day to withdraw with W grade & 50% tuition refund 7/15/11 Proposal for small group project 7/20/11 Exam 1 7/25/11 Preliminary results for small group project 8/3/11 Last day to withdraw with W grade & no tuition refund 8/8/11 Exam 2 8/8/11 Final report for small group project 8/15/11 Exam 3 8/17/11
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Page 2 of 8 Course overview This course is an introduction to the economics of health and healthcare. Students will apply economic reasoning to contemporary issues involving the organization, cost, and distribution of resources in the health sector. The course will focus primarily on healthcare in the United States but will include some coverage of other nations as well. The course will also emphasize the application of analytic techniques from microeconomics and the use of applied econometrics to work with a health-related database. By the end of the course, students should be able to explain the pros and cons of alternative mechanisms of healthcare financing, organization, and reimbursement. Students should also be able to critically evaluate healthcare reform proposals and design their own econometric investigation of a health economics research question. More broadly, the course is designed to advance many of the learning goals developed by the Economics Department for all economics majors at Rutgers University. The official learning goals are listed below. 1. Economic Literacy - Students who complete the major in economics should understand and be able to articulate, both orally and in writing, the core economic principles, concepts and theories that form the foundation for modern economic analysis and economic research. 2. Economic Numeracy - Students who complete the economics major should be familiar with the tools, techniques and methods of empirical economics. They should be able to analyze data using computer applications and should be familiar with regression methods and other statistical techniques. They should be able to read and assess general interest articles on economic topics. In addition, they should be able to understand and evaluate key findings in published economic research from a wide range of sources including academic economists, public policy „think tanks,‟ and government agencies.
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