Course Description

How do people’s actions and biases influence their health behaviors? And how can we influence their choices? Explore the answers with Kevin Volpp, a leading figure in the study and application of behavioral economics in health care. His brief lecture videos and your discussions with classmates will prompt you to consider how you can nudge patients, providers, and others to increase treatment adherence, reduce costs, and shape wellness behaviors.

Specific course topics include:

  • how the structure of choices influences decisions that people make

  • the design of incentive programs and how behavioral economics can “supercharge” them

  • ethical and practical considerations when a “nudge” becomes a “shove”

What You Will Learn and Do

This course is designed to help you address questions such as:

  • What factors contribute to the way people behave—and do they make rational decisions?
  • What behaviors should we consider when designing wellness incentives and health care programs?
  • How can I improve outcomes for my clients using behavioral economics concepts?
  • When does a “nudge” devolve into a “shove”?
Who Takes This Course

Individual clinicians, care teams, and administrators who want to stimulate behavioral change through evidence-based practices. Learn about the structures that shape your own decisions, then apply the research to your work.

Payers, digital health teams, entrepreneurs, and researchers who recognize the need to approach health care and wellness through psychology. Draw upon behavioral economics concepts from the course when you design incentives and tools.

Note: You do not need a background in economics to take this project-oriented course.

LECTURE VIDEO SAMPLE: Defaults and Default Directives, from Foundations of Behavioral Economics

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