Edward Broughton is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is also Director of Worldwide Health Economics and Outcomes Research in Oncology at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He was formerly Director of Research at Evaluation for the USAID “ASSIST Project” for ten years, leading research in several countries in Africa and Asia. He received his MPH from Columbia University and his PhD in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on public health and health economics.
This course provides the core microeconomic theories and concepts needed to understand health and health care issues in both the developed and developing world. It describes how the markets for health and health services are different from other goods, with a particular emphasis on the role of government and market failure. In addition it discusses the theoretical and empirical aspects of key health economics issues, including the demand for health and health services, supply side concerns, health insurance, the provision of public goods, and related topics. The course encourages students to fundamentally and rigorously examine the role of the market for the provision of health and health services and how public policy can influence these markets.