Behavioral Economics for Health Care

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Course Features

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.

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.

All courses include:

  • Industry-leading faculty
  • Collaborative learning
  • Research-driven results
  • Lifelong connections
  • Practical applications
  • Custom solutions

Program Details

At the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, short courses and certificate programs fit into one of three paths – core, growth, or stretch – so you can easily explore opportunities that reflect your training needs. Discover how you'll advance from business fundamentals up through management competencies and high-level leadership development.

Who should attend

  • Health care administrators and 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



Mario Macis, PhD

Professor, Carey Business School

Mario Macis, PhD (Economics, University of Chicago) is a 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.