Introduction to Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for Evaluating Policies & Programs

June 19, 2023 - June 23, 2023

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., each day

Registration deadline: June 2nd

This course will be conducted via a virtual Zoom meeting format and Canvas. Access to a computer/laptop with internet access is required. Please contact Professional Development with any questions.

15 CEUs/CPH units – (7.5 live, 7.5 self-paced)

Derek Brown, PhD
Associate Professor, Brown School

Cost-benefit (benefit-cost) analysis (CBA) and cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) are common decision-making tools in social and health policy, public health, medicine, and related settings. These basic economic evaluation concepts are used by program managers, agencies, governments, and funders to add structured, transparent, and scientific information to policy evaluation and resource allocation discussions.

This course will include a brief survey of core concepts in each method, and provide students with the building blocks to conduct a simple evaluation of their own. Limitations and extensions will be explored to help students understand criticisms and appropriate application.

Each day of the course will begin with a core lecture on concepts and techniques. Small group activities and hands-on exercises will illustration application, limitations, and reinforce concepts. A variety of examples will be reviewed and discussed to illustrate economic evaluation. Students are encouraged to contribute applications, problems, questions, or data from outside experience or employment for further classroom discussion and analysis. No specialized software is required.

The course will consist of live Zoom webinars from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Central Time), and 1.5 hours of self-paced content in Canvas each day.

Class size is limited to 25.

$650 General admission
$450 Non-profit/government employees (1st Summer Institute class)
$400 Non-profit/government employees (Additional Summer Institute classes)

This class will include both degree-seeking graduate students and practicing professionals. Individuals registering through Professional Development will receive continuing education units – but not academic credit – for the class.

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About the Instructor:

Derek Brown

Derek’s research focuses on costs, access to care, quality, and disparities among Medicaid populations—including physician payment, housing instability, and child maltreatment. Brown teaches courses in health economics and health policy in the Master of Public Health program. His goal with this work is to improve the valuation of health outcomes & policies and to promote better economic evaluation of public health policies. In addition, Brown is a scholar in the Washington University Institute for Public Health, and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Health Economics and Policy, the Centene Center for Health Transformation, and the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention.  Derek holds a PhD in economics from Duke University.

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