Behavioral Economics for Health Care

Back to Health Care
Health Care

Asset 1 Growth

Discover the Impact of Behavioral Economics for Health Care

Patients' medical outcomes (and health outcomes, more broadly) depend on more than just medical treatment. In Behavioral Economics for Health Care, participants learn the impact that behavioral factors affecting patients, doctors, and their interaction can have on decision-making, costs, treatment path, wellness, and even survival. In this course, participants will explore how psychological biases, reference points, environmental cues, heuristics, and habits play a role in everything from prescriptions to testing, to continuity of patient treatment.

Participants may earn continuing education credits.

Agenda and Course Description

This course will prepare you to:
  • Understand how behavioral economics can have short and long-term effects on patient outcomes
  • Apply the standard neoclassical economics model to health care
  • Examine how psychological biases can impact patient care
  • Make more systemic decisions that will impact successful patient care
  • Develop a roadmap for incorporating behavioral economics into your practice to become a more effective leader

Program Details

Who Should Attend

  • Health Care Administrators & Providers
  • Physicians and Clinicians
  • Clinical Administrators
  • Those interested in understanding the biases of both patients and health care professionals

What You Will Learn

  • The impact of behavioral factors on medical and health outcomes
  • The origin of biases and heuristics in health care and how they develop
  • The contrast and complementarities between neoclassical and behavioral economics
  • The strength and pitfalls of economic incentives and behavioral nudges
  • To identify your own biases and learn how to personally overcome them

The Course Experience

Health outcomes for patients don't just depend on medical science – they also depend on a set of behavioral factors that the humans involved bring into play. From emotions to reference points, heuristics, contextual cues, and habits, there are a variety of ways that patients and health care professionals can influence health outcomes. In Behavioral Economics for Health Care, participants will learn how these behavioral biases can affect every part of health care, from the prescription process to high-stakes decision-making and patient treatment.

Learn to better assess and discern your own biases as you discover how people can play an important role in patient success. Reflect, discuss, and gain proven strategies and tools to overcome biases and make more systemic decisions in your role as a health care professional.


Joint Accreditation Statement
Joint Accredited Provider Interprofessional Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician Continuing Medical Education
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Physician Assistant Education
AAPA category 1 CME

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 11.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Continuing Pharmacy Education
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 11.0 contact hour(s) (1.10 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Activity Number - JA4008162-9999-19-517-L05-P) Type of Activity: Application

Continuing Nursing Education
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 11 contact hours.

Invitation Requirements, per the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine

Health Care

Asset 1 Growth

Upcoming Dates

No active sessions.


Locations may vary. Please check the registration details and your email for location. Plan your visit.



JHU employees are eligible for 100% tuition remission. JHHS employees receive a 20% discount. For more information on discounts, registration, and cancellation policy, please visit our FAQ page


Mario Macis, PhD

Associate Professor, Carey Business School

Mario Macis, PhD (Economics, University of Chicago) is an Associate Professor with research interests in the areas of health economics, prosocial behavior, morally controversial transactions, global health, experimental economics, development economics, and labor economics. He is also Associate Faculty at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).


Your Executive Education Experience

All courses include: