Summer or winter school
2020 Brocher Summer Academy in Global Population Health
Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: The Ethics of Health Valuation
8 to 12 June 2020
Organizers: Lisa A. Robinson, Nir Eyal, Samia Hurst, and Dan Wikler
Government agencies and major donors face significant challenges in determining how best to use available resources to improve population health. These decisions may involve issuing regulations, establishing new programs, and allocating funds across existing programs. Conventional methods of economic assessment, such as benefit-cost analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis, inform these decisions. The method selected has significant, complex, and nonobvious ethical implications. Several innovative approaches have also been proposed to replace or supplement conventional methods, and their ethical implications have not been thoroughly investigated and compared. This Summer Academy will explore the ethical dimensions of approaches to economic assessment of health policy. Our insights will support wiser policy choices that improve population health and welfare, as well as their fair distribution, to the greatest extent possible.