Cost Effectiveness in Nonprofit and Public Sectors

PADM-GP.4122, 2 points.


Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) sits at the interface between principle and policy and provides a rational basis for resource allocation. This course is designed to introduce students to the methods and growing range of applications of CEA in the public policy context. Course lectures are divided equally between theory, case studies, and application, and are designed to be of equal interest to public policy and health policy students. The learning objectives of the course are: (1) to develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of CEA; (2) to learn contemporary analytic methods and data acquisition strategies for conducting CEA; (3) to understand how CEA is carried out in practice and to critically examine case studies; and (4) to understand the range of perspectives involved in using CEA results as input for policy decisions. Applications are drawn from medical decision making, and other areas of health policy, from both US and international perspectives. At the conclusion of the course, students will have the tools to apply CEA on their own, and understand the range of issues involved in translating their results to policy.


CORE-GP.1018 and CORE-GP.1021. PADM-GP.2140 is recommended but not required.

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