Economic Evaluation for Health Promotion Interventions
PubH 6599, 3 credits
Policymakers and program planners are increasingly required to prioritize investment in public health promotion interventions based on the value that these programs bring to society. The course provides an introduction to the theoretical basis and practical skills needed to estimate the effectiveness, population impact and cost of health promotion interventions to inform policy and practice using cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses. Case studies and presentations will allow students to apply these skills and to critically evaluate the assumptions and methods used to incorporate economic evaluation into public health program planning and evaluation. The course will address the need to place economic evaluation into the broader context of the implementation, equity and political considerations driving prioritization of public health promotion investments.