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SPEA in Pamplona offers introductory courses on the theory, methods, and applications of economic evaluation to human health, safety and environmental programs. Applications cover preventive and therapeutic medicine, occupational and environmental health, consumer protection and injury control. There are no formal course prerequisites, though a prior course in microeconomics or cost-benefit analysis is helpful.

“Economic evaluation” is a generic term that includes cost analysis, cost-benefit analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, and cost utility analysis. Unlike a business course, which focuses on profit or loss to the firm, this course is taught primarily from the societal perspective, so that impacts on all citizens in society are considered. Periodically, the instructors will underscore how the results from a “societal” analysis might differ from other perspectives. Differences between the U.S. and the EU in how analyses are conducted and utilized by decision makers will be highlighted.

The learning objectives of the courses are:

  1. Develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of economic evaluation;
  2. Learn how different types of economic evaluations are carried out in practice in the U.S. and EU;
  3. Learn how to critically examine economic evaluations of specific programs;
  4. Explore how economic evaluation bears an impact on the real-world decision making responsibilities of authorities in the public and private sectors (U.S. and EU).

  • Enjoy the coastal resort of San Sebastian
  • Go whitewater rafting in the French Pyrenees
  • Explore the Caves of Zugarramurdi
  • Hike the pathway of St. James
  • Visit the French Pyrenees town of St. Jean Pied-de-Port
  • Students also have the opportunity for weekend travel to Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Mallorca, and Lisbon

Class Schedule

The courses will meet Monday-Thursday each day during the four-week period. Wednesday’s are course excursion days. Sessions will consist of a mix of lectures, seminar discussion, group projects, case studies, and student presentations.

See the course website for more information.

Explore Pamplona and other destinations on class excursions:
Environmental Management
Law and Public Policy
Policy Analysis
Public Finaccial Management
Public & Nonprofit Management
Arts Management
Public Health
Environmental Science
IUPUI Criminal Justice
IUPUI Public Admin
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Graduate and Doctoral students, please see your faculty advisor to determine which concentrations this will apply to.

*Program still being reviewed for these majors.


Chemain Nanney

Assistant Director of International Programs