This course introduces insights grounded in economics about health improvement in the developing world. Rather than surveying a range of diseases and health interventions, it presents a unifying conceptual framework for thinking analytically about the challenges of health improvement in poor countries. Examples of the types of questions posed include:
The evaluation of empirical studies will also receive special emphasis. At the end of the course, students should be able to apply economic paradigms to pressing international health challenges, critically evaluate empirical evidence of what "works" and what doesn't, and pose unanswered research questions on which they can make progress.
Please note that the contents of the syllabus do not necessarily reflect what will be included in future quarters.