Graduate School Policies and Procedures apply to this program.
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Program Director: Brian Duncan, Ph.D., Department of Economics
Program Co-Director: Richard Lindrooth, Ph.D., Health Systems, Management & Policy
Graduate Advisor: Daniel Rees, Ph.D., Department of Economics
The Ph.D. in Health Economics is designed to train scientists to engage in modern economic research related to questions pertinent to the health care sector and to personal and public health. Students take courses both from the Economics Department, which is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and from the Health Systems, Management & Policy (HSMP) Department, which is housed in the Colorado School of Public Health. The ECON coursework grounds students in rigorous economic theory and modern statistical methods, whereas the HSMP coursework connects students to institutional details of the health care sector, administrative data methods, grant writing, and the development of interdisciplinary health care research.
- Students must complete a minimum of 76 credit hours, including 36 hours of core requirements, and a minimum of 30 dissertation credit hours. Each student's plan will be worked out in conjunction with the graduate advisor. Students are expected to meet all course prerequisites.
- Students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate (5000 and above) level credit hours.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of B- (2.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 3.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail. No course may be taken more than twice and only one attempt will retain the credit.
- Students must complete all credits for the degree with CU Denver/ CU Anschutz faculty.
|Take the following||36|
|ECON 5073||Microeconomic Theory||3|
|ECON 5803||Mathematical Economics||3|
|ECON 5813||Econometrics I||3|
|ECON 5823||Econometrics II||3|
|ECON 7073||Advanced Microeconomic Theory II||3|
|ECON 7661||Health Economics I||3|
|ECON 7662||Health Economics II||3|
|HSMP 6602||Health Equity||3|
|HSMP 6605||Health Policy||3|
|HSMP 6609||Cost Benefit and Effectiveness in Health||2|
|HSMP 7010||Foundations in Health Services Research (2 credits)||1|
|HSMP 7601||Research Design and Proposal Preparation||3|
|HSMP 7609||Methods in Health Services Research II||3|
|Take 9 credit hours of elective credits||9|
|Any course numbered 6000 or higher with an ECON or HSMP subject code. Courses numbered 6611 or higher with a BIOS subject code may be taken with the graduate advisor’s approval.|
|ECON 6010||Advanced Microeconomic Theory||3|
|ECON 6020||Advanced Macroeconomic Theory||3|
|ECON 6053||Seminar In Applied Economics||1.5|
|ECON 6054||Seminar In Applied Economics II||1.5|
|ECON 6060||Special Topics||1-3|
|ECON 6073||Research Seminar||3|
|ECON 6210||Public Finance||3|
|ECON 6410||International Trade||3|
|ECON 6420||International Finance||3|
|ECON 6610||Labor Economics||3|
|ECON 6666||The Economics of Health Behaviors||3|
|ECON 6770||Economic Growth and Development||3|
|ECON 6801||Advanced Mathematical Economics||3|
|ECON 6810||Econometrics and Forecasting||3|
|HSMP 6601||Introduction to HSMP||3|
|HSMP 6604||Health Care Economics||3|
|HSMP 6606||Public Health Administration||2|
|HSMP 6608||Ethical and Legal Issues in Public Health||2|
|HSMP 6610||Health Care Financial Management||3|
|HSMP 6613||Addressing Health Equity in Colorado's Safety Net||1|
|HSMP 6614||MCH Program Management & Policy Analysis||3|
|HSMP 6615||Current Global Health Policy Issues||2|
|HSMP 6616||Intro. to Health Policy Analysis and Communication||1|
|HSMP 6617||Interpreting Health Policy and Management Research||2|
|HSMP 6618||Comparative Health Systems||2|
|HSMP 6621||Interprofessional Education and Development I||1|
|HSMP 6622||Interprofessional Education and Development II||1|
|HSMP 6630||Grant Writing for Public Health Professionals||2|
|HSMP 6633||Management of Non-Profit Organizations in Public Health||2|
|HSMP 6634||Management, Budgeting and Public Health Administration||3|
|HSMP 6640||Leadership for Public Health Practice Part 2||3|
|HSMP 6670||Special Topics: Health Systems, Management and Policy||1-3|
|HSMP 7605||Managing a Learning Healthcare System: Theory to Prac||3|
|HSMP 7607||Methods in Health Services Research I||3|
Preliminary Exam, Dissertation Proposal, and Dissertation
Students must successfully pass a preliminary examination covering topics in microeconomic theory, econometrics, and health economics by the start of their fourth semester coursework to ensure that they are qualified for doctoral study.
Ph.D. students must defend their dissertation proposal after completing or registering for all non-dissertation coursework and concurrent with applying for admission to candidacy. Students are advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. once they have completed all required coursework and examinations, and have successfully presented their dissertation proposal to their dissertation committee.
After students are advanced to candidacy, they must complete a total of 30 hours of dissertation credits to complete the PhD. Each fall and spring semester, students are expected to register for a minimum of 5 semester hours of dissertation research; if unable to register for at least 5 semester hours, students must request a leave of absence from the PhD program until able to complete the minimum dissertation requirement. Students may take up to two semesters' leave of absence before they are unenrolled from the program. Students then would need to reapply to the program.
Each student must write and defend a dissertation containing original contributions and evidence of significant scholarship that the student's primary advisor and dissertation committee deem satisfactory.
|Complete a minimum of 30 dissertation credits.|
|ECON 8990||Doctoral Dissertation||1-10|
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