David Bishai

 

 


 

Dr. Bishai is a physician and leading health economist with expertise in how systems thinking can be applied in public health practice. He leads the school’s interdepartmental program in health economics and teaches courses on health systems. He publishes regularly in Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics and Health Policy and Planning and is an associate editor of Health Economics. Dr. Bishai received his Ph.D. in Health Care Systems from the Wharton School of Business in 1996. In 1987, he received his M.D. from the University of California at San Diego, and his M.P.H. from UCLA. His residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics was completed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. In 2015 he was voted president-elect of the International Health Economics Association.




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This course provides an introduction to systems thinking and systems models in public health. Problems in public health and health policy tend to be complex with many actors, institutions and risk factors involved. If an outcome depends on many interacting and adaptive parts and actors the outcome cannot be analyzed or predicted with traditional statistical methods. Systems thinking is a core skill in public health and helps health policymakers build programs and policies that are aware of and prepared for unintended consequences.

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