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Behavioral Economics in Health Decisions

East Baltimore
Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this course was held in a virtual/online format.
3rd Term
International Health
Academic Year
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Friday, 10:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025

Introduction to Microeconomics (313.639) and Biostatistics (140.611 or 140.621) or equivalent

Guides students to challenge superficial intuitive judgments that are attractive because they make obvious sense but overlook important considerations that demand more analytical assessment. Human behaviors that then come into play in a more careful analysis are examined for their legitimacy and reasonableness in resolving questions that are traditionally considered to be economic in nature. Where behavioral factors are recognized as relevant we develop ways to blend them with economic perspectives and methods to design balanced action strategies.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Employ formal principles of decision analysis for appraisal of alternative courses of action
  2. Identify and evaluate the appropriateness of behaviors that commonly affect courses of action that go beyond the application of principles of classical economics
  3. Integrate economic and behavioral considerations globally into sound courses of action in practical situations covering varied political settings and income levels
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% Discussion
  • 60% Final Paper