Public Health as a Public Good | CPH:3220 | UIowa

In Fall 2019 and Fall 2020 at the University of Iowa, I taught Public Health as a Public Good, in the College of Public Health. This undergraduate course in public health had an average enrollment of 30 students, generally third and fourth year public health majors. The course introduced microeconomic concepts (utility, supply and demand) to understand why and when market failures occur as well as solutions to these failures through regulation, taxes, and other systems. The course ends with a discussion of behavioral economics concepts and how those ideas explain some public health problems and how those behaviors differ from what we developed using classic economic frameworks.

Most of the textbook candidates were too advanced or too broad for the course, so I developed my lecture notes into a basic textbook shared freely. Each time I teach the course, the book gets revised, improved, and expanded.