The Economics of Public Health

Evaluating Public Health Interventions

  • Heather Brown

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Heather Brown
      Pages 3-12
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Heather Brown
      Pages 15-24
    3. Heather Brown
      Pages 25-37
  4. Policy Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Heather Brown
      Pages 41-55
    3. Heather Brown
      Pages 57-80
    4. Heather Brown
      Pages 81-99
    5. Heather Brown
      Pages 101-104
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 105-107

About this book


Non-communicable diseases have surpassed infectious diseases as the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developed countries. Prevention and treatment of the causes and consequences of lifestyle-related diseases forms an important part of health policy in the twenty-first century. Public health economics – from quantifying the problem, to evaluating interventions and developing toolkits to assist decision makers – is an essential area for any postgraduate student and researcher with an interest in applied economics to understand.

There are a wide range of techniques from mainstream economics and health economics that can be applied to the evaluation of public health policy and public health issues. In this book, Brown presents examples from developed countries to illustrate how economic tools can be applied to public health. Further, cross-country comparisons illustrate how contextual factors related to healthcare systems, demographics and environmental factors may impact on outcomes and the cost-effectiveness of public health policies, in order to aid understanding and help students apply theory into practice.  


Health Policy Discrete choice experiment Policy evaluation Choice model Causal relationship Conditional logit Mixed logit Randomised controlled trial Economics of Public Health Evaluating Public Health Interventions Public Health Interventions Economic Evaluation Household survey analysis Sample attrition Inverse Probability Weighting Interrupted Time Series Regression Discontinuity Approach Propensity Score Matching

Authors and affiliations

  • Heather Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Newcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom

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