Academic offerings: The Economics Department of the John Cook School of Business offers courses that acquaint students interested in responding to healthcare problems such as affordability, cost, quality, and access which are often barriers in urban settings. The tools of economics will allow you to apply economic reasoning and cost-benefit analysis in your everyday life as well as healthcare policy-making. This then allows you to be a more astute and active participant of the economy and a more informed voter and advocate for change. The healthcare industry and experts in public policy have increasing played major roles in public debate. Economics deals with several areas of health care and healthcare policy including obesity, chronic disease such as asthma, and health insurance. These topics are covered in a wide range of courses including health economics, public spending and taxation, poverty alleviation and market structure.
Experiential learning: Students can enroll in the Service Leadership Program offered through the John Cook School of Business. The Program allows students to make use of their growing knowledge of economics and skills in business to serve in a variety of organizations in St. Louis. Students can also participate in the Business School Service Day. Additional service opportunities are available through various student-managed clubs and related organizations. Many of the available opportunities are service projects in St. Louis City. Internships are also available for students interested in urban economic policy.
Employment opportunities: Potential employment opportunities include working as a policy advocate (e.g., Jobs with Justice, Missouri Association for Social Welfare, Show-Me Institute), with the Federal, state or local government, or with the healthcare industry (for example, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies).