Health Economics

Our health economists study the underlying causes of the high cost of health care and whether health care can be improved through better resource allocation and health care financial management.

In examining diverse medical problems including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lead poisoning, and substance abuse, our research helps policy makers decide how to allocate personal, technical, and financial resources to improve public health and the human condition.


  • Cost/benefit analyses of interventions and treatments
  • Cost-effectiveness studies
  • Economic modeling
  • Program evaluations
Study: Taxing sugary beverages by calorie more efficient than ounce-based tax

Taxing sugar-sweetened beverages by calorie may be more efficient in improving public health than an ounce-based tax,... Read more »