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Economic Evaluation of Health, Safety, and Environmental Programs in Europe and the United States (6 cr.)

June 1 - June 26, 2015

Program Director: Dr. Justin Ross

V482 / V582 - 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).

See the course website for more information.

Supplemental Activities and Excursions:

  • 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

Please see your academic/faculty advisor to determine how this study abroad program will fulfill major requirements specific to your academic needs. The IUB SPEA Undergraduate Advising Office has preapproved this course to fulfill the following undergraduate academic programs:

  • Environmental Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Management
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Financial Management
  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Arts Management
  • Healthcare Management & Policy

Application Deadline

Priority Deadline:                                 December 14, 2014

Final Deadline:                                     February 14, 2015


Contact: Ashley Stevens

Overseas Program Specialist
812-856-0796, SPEA 201

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