Behavioral Economics Meets Medicine in Penn’s New Online Course

January 9, 2019
By Online Learning Initiative

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Penn is delighted to announce Behavioral Economics and Decision Making, the latest in a line of fully online courses focusing on professional development and Healthcare Innovation. Taught by world-class faculty member Kevin Volpp, MD, phD, this course offers an introduction to behavioral economics and its applications to health and health care. Any healthcare professionals, such as clinicians, administrators, and researchers, interested in testing and applying ideas from psychology to incentivize behavioral change in their workplace and among patients should strongly consider this course given that this course is project-oriented and requires no background in economics.

This course will explore the structure of choice environments and the ways that people are influenced by how choices are structured as well as considering the design of incentives and various approaches used to “supercharge” incentive programs using behavioral economic principles. Further considerations include the use of social incentives and social comparisons as a way of achieving better physician performance before concluding with a description of how behavioral economics are used in public policy.

The course begins on February 5th and runs for 8 weeks. It features activities such as lecture videos, discussions, readings, quizzes, and exercises: all available on-demand during the course. Time commitment is roughly 6-9 hours per week.

Take individual courses according to your needs and interests, or complete four in one year to earn a Professional Development Certificate in Health Care Innovation. The full list of courses can be found here.

Sign up today!

Visit Penn’s Medical Ethics & Health Policy Online Education Center website for additional information on other online Health Care Innovation professional development courses.

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