SBS 503 - Explaining Health Behavior: Insights from Behavioral Economics or return to Course Catalog Search
191150 – Section 1
|Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health||SBS||Ichiro Kawachi|
|Term||Day and Time||Location|
|Spring 2 2018 (show academic calendar)||MW 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.||Kresge G1 (HSPH)|
2.5 (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit in Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is equivalent to:
This course will introduce students to the application of theories from behavioral economics to the field of public health. Individual sessions will cover foundational concepts in behavioral economics, including: a) bounded rationality and dual processing; b) prospect theory and loss aversion, c) asymmetric paternalism and the use of default options; d) the problem of inter-temporal choice and addiction; e) the use of incentives vs. commitments to promote behavior change. Examples of questions posed by the class include: "How can we incorporate novel insights from behavioral economics to improve the successful behavior change (e.g. to reduce obesity or promote smoking cessation)?"; "How can incentives be crafted to guide consumer choice? For example, "why is a tax on junk foods more effective than subsidies for healthy foods?
HSPH: HSPH Degr + PHD Stu
|Eligible for cross-registration|
With permission of instructor/subject to availability
MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.