Metropolitan State University

ECON 316 : Health Economics

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: ECON 202 Microeconomics  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
This course applies microeconomics principles to the health care services field. The role of consumer choice and firm behavior are examined in the markets for health insurance and health care. An understanding of the role of public and private financing and delivery systems is developed. The tools and techniques of economics are employed to facilitate policy, analytic and management decisions in the health care field.
B. Course Effective Dates: 09/06/1999 - 01/01/2017 01/02/2017 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Examine relevant topics in health care and medical services.
  2. Analyze relevant articles pertaining to the field of health economics.
  3. Compare health systems and trade-offs.
  4. Evaluate the opportunity cost(s) of economic policy decisions related to health economics.
  5. Understand health economics terminology and concepts.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
  1. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  2. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  3. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
G. Special Information