Mar 08, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Health and Development Economics Undergraduate Certificate

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There is an increasing need for individuals who understand health related issues and policies, particularly those affecting developing countries, and have the quantitative skills that enable them to analyze and present real-world data to support effective decision-making. The purpose of the Certificate in Health & Development Economics is to provide students with a strong foundation in economic concepts, data analysis, and policy issues pertaining to healthcare and economic development. Students will learn how to use data to develop and evaluate programs and policies using modern statistical methods. The certificate gives students the applied skills and institutional knowledge increasing in demand in the health research sector, enhancing the student’s career and professional development. The certificate can also provide a springboard towards pursuing a graduate degree in Health Economics.

These certificate requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their program advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

Admission Requirements

  • Be a current CU Denver undergraduate or graduate student in any discipline, or a CU Denver non-degree seeking student with a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Have completed intermediate microeconomics and introduction to econometrics, or equivalent coursework or professional experience.

General Requirements

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Certificate Requirements

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 12 ECON credit hours.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 12 upper division (3000-level and above) ECON credit hours. 
  3. Students must earn a minimum grade of C-(1.7) in all certificate courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Students cannot complete certificate or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
  4. Students must complete all certificate credit hours with CU Denver faculty.

Certificate Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations

  1. Students are expected to meet all course prerequisites or have the program director’s approval. 
  2. CU Denver undergraduate students may complete the certificate concurrently with their major and/or minor degree program, counting the credits towards both the certificate and their B.A. or B.S. major/minor degrees. However, courses that have already been counted towards any degree already awarded may not be counted towards the certificate retroactively.
  3. Undergraduate students are encouraged to use the certificate program as a bridge to a graduate degree. Qualified students in their senior year may substitute the graduate level ECON 5030 for ECON 4030, Health Economics I (ECON 7661) for Health Economics (ECON 4660), and/or Health Economics II (ECON 7662) for Economic Development (4770). Undergraduate students, non-degree seeking students, and graduate students outside the economics department must meet the prerequisite requirements or have the graduate advisor’s approval prior to taking any graduate level econ course.
  4. No course may be taken more than twice.

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