Focuses on the principles of health economics essential to understanding current trends in the health care field and the development and implememtation of health policy. Principles of microeconomic theory, including supply and demand for health care and how it applies to health service delivery are addressed. The relationship between economics and health policy formulation, implementation, and modificiation and its relationship to payment plans including health insurance are explored. Emphasis throughout the course is on applying economics to understand the current health care system and the development and impact of health policy in the United States. Case studies and group projects are integrated to reinforce the concepts and theories presented. Special Conditions: Admission into the College of Health Professions MS in Health Science program and completion of prerequisite courses; or consent of the Department Chair.