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Areas of Emphasis

Students are required to complete an "area of emphasis" taking a minimum of five courses or 15 credits in specialized theory or methods courses. The area of emphasis is typically chosen after the first year.

Students may choose one of the defined areas, or may design an area of emphasis with courses selected in conjunction with his/her mentor, based on past course work, experience, proposed dissertation topic, and career goals. Students who choose two areas of emphasis must meet the course requirements of both.

Prospective students are welcome to contact faculty representatives of the areas of emphasis to learn of current research activities and opportunities.

See also:
Health Economics Concentration for other UW PhD students

Health Economics

Lead Faculty:   Norma Coe

Health Economics uses economic theory and methods to answer relevant questions in health care and medicine both at the individual and group levels. The area of emphasis in Health Economics is designed to explore this theory and its applications with the goal of providing doctoral trainees with the skills needed to independently apply this knowledge to different health care settings in their work and also to conduct cutting-edge research within the field. The curriculum covers a broad spectrum of subjects including economics, statistics, epidemiology, health status measurements, health services research and public policy.

Prerequisite Courses:
ECON 400
Advanced Microeconomics (5)
ECON 500
Microeconomic Analysis I (4)
PPM 506
Advanced Microeconomics for Policy Analysis (4)
Required Courses:
Health Economics (3)
Economic Evaluation in Health and Medicine (3)
Assessing Outcomes in Health and Medicine (3)
Health Policy Economics (3)
and one of the following:
ECON 450
Public Finance: Expenditure Policy (5)
ECON 518
Contract Theory (3)
ECON 534
Empirical Industrial Organization (3)
ECON 591
Microeconomics of Development (3)
ECON 592
Development Policy (3)
ECON 594
Economic Growth (3)
ECON 595
Growth and Inequality(3)