Doing A Lot with A Little: Economic Analysis in Public Health



This self- paced, online course will discuss economic analysis in public health. Data needed to complete a cost-benefit analysis will be outlined and participants will be taken through the process of completing a cost-benefit analysis.


At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose of an economic analysis.
  2. Define the purpose of a cost-benefit analysis (CBA).
  3. Outline the data needed to create a cost-benefit analysis (CBA).

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

  • 7A13. Describes how cost effectiveness, cost benefit, cost-utility analyses affect programmatic prioritization and decision making.
  • 7B14. Uses cost effectiveness, cost benefit, cost-utility analyses in programmatic prioritization and decision making.


Originally launched March 2013

Estimated Time to Complete

1 hour


Free and open to the public.

Technical Requirements

A modern web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox is required to view the pages.

The planners and course authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. No commercial support has been accepted for this activity.

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Employed by or in New York State?

If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you enroll for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).