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  1. Infant and baby CPR has its specifics, which you’ll need to master during a training course. Doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a newborn or a toddler is challenging and high quality certification programs highlight these skills separately from other topics. Looking for infant and baby CPR classes near me? American CPR Institute has you covered. Our CPR online classes and certification opportunities take a look at the techniques that are suitable for use on infants and older children. We also pay attention to other age-specific techniques that may have to be performed in order to address an emergency.
  2. I am applying to PhD programs and recently had a question regarding finances. How much do you usually have to pay for the health insurance and fees each year? Would it hurt my chances of acceptance or receiving financial aid if I were to apply for a FAFSA to cover fees and health insurance? I'm on medication for epilepsy, so the health insurance in my graduate studies is fairly important aspect.
  3. I have an idea for a health economics paper that I want to start drafting, but won't start my MA program until next Fall (4 years out of undergrad already, in the work force now), so I can't really get much serious guidance on the nuts and bolts of getting started with my paper ideas. What are the most common ways to obtain health economics data? What websites, databases, etc., and I also would love tips on how to work through my first paper in the proper stages of research and writing. It'd be a tremendous help if anyone could offer their insights.
  4. I have an idea for a health economics paper that I want to start drafting, but won't start my MA program until next Fall (4 years out of undergrad already, in the work force now), so I can't really get much serious guidance on the nuts and bolts of getting started with my paper ideas. What are the most common ways to obtain health economics data? What websites, databases, etc., and I also would love tips on how to work through my first paper in the proper stages of research and writing. It'd be a tremendous help if anyone could offer their insights.
  5. Has anyone who starts this Fall or those who are yet to graduate heard of the massive increase in student health insurance rates (mostly applicable to those with 1 or more dependents) this year? I am seeing hikes starting from a minimum $100 for 1 dependent. In my case, I planned a cash flow based on the stipend amount in my offer. Now this sudden hike means I have to cut down somewhere else in an already tight budget. Moreover the university administration has declined to negotiate with the insurance provider. If anyone is facing a similar issue, how are you trying to remedy the situation?
  6. I'm looking into econ PhD programs and came across a few health econ programs (Harvard Health Policy PhD / Health Econ, Wharton Healthcare Management PhD, Stanford Health Policy PhD / Health Econ). The courses seem pretty similar to the applied micro courses in pure econ (albeit more targetted), and they have more lenient admissions. So what's the catch? Do health policy PhDs fare well in the job market compared to pure econ PhDs? Are they restricted in any way? From job market reports, it seems like the vast majority of pure econ students in top PhD programs (including Harvard Econ, MIT Econ, Stanford Econ, etc) who are interested in health end up in health care policy departments in medical / public health schools anyways. Is the trajectory really that different? If you're into health, why choose pure econ over one of these programs?
  7. “Some people believe that in order to thrive, a society must put its own overall success before the well-being of its individual citizens. Others believe that the well-being of a society can only be measured by the general welfare of all its people.” Ethically speaking, the end does not justify the means when discussing the overall well being of a society. It is not in the best interest of the society as a whole if the well being of the individual citizens, who make up that society, are not valued. In the 1960s Jim Crow laws implemented separate but equal mandates in public spaces. It seemed to the policy makers that the society would thrive even though these laws were daunting on the African American population. When a select few are singled out for the “good of the whole society” protests occur and a society is polarized with those who are benefitting from certain policies and the select few that are not. The well being of a society is measured by the general welfare. General welfare can mean terms of happiness and health. When studying health care for example, it is important to make sure that health is a basic right that all citizens of a society have, and do not have to earn. If the people are generally healthy, the economy gets better; less people would need to owe the government money due to treatment they would not be able to pay for. The Affordable Care Act requires people to buy health insurance. In the economic cycle, the government is getting paid and people are receiving the health care that they need. When the general population is healthy, everyone benefits. Some may not agree when it comes to other aspects of success within a society. Some may argue that in other terms of a society, some countries put their average testing scores as a priority, because education is important. It is more important that all student should be able to succeed in schools and produce the best test scores compared to other countries. Yes, education is important in the success of a society, however high test scores do not mean that the well being of these students is put into the country’s best interest. Students often report high stress levels and the countries with the highest test score sometimes report the highest rating of student mental health issues like depression and suicide. In situations like these the success rate of the high scores should not take precedence over mental health. In addition to having the best test scores that also assumes citizens are able to pay for the resources to receive the best education available to implement these scores. Some European countries have proper mental health policies put in place for college students while also providing affordable education for those pursuing degrees. All in all, the general well being of a society does measure the success rate of that society and should be prioritized.
  8. Hi all, I've applied to a mix of straight economics ph.d. programs and also health economics programs in public health / health policy departments. While rankings for econ programs are easily found, I'm having difficulty identifying how good health econ programs are. It seems well-known that Wharton's health care & management and Harvard's health policy programs are far and away the top two, most respected programs. But beyond that? Many public health schools have programs, but how good are they? Does anyone here know? I'm wondering about programs like at UNC, Michigan, Berkeley, Emory, etc...? thanks!
  9. Hi everyone! This message should be of interest to any of the PhD applicants interested in health economics and development economics and interested in economics-related doctoral programs at Harvard. Harvard's Department of Global Health and Population is accepting applications for a third year for a new doctoral program in Health Economics for next fall. The application deadline is December 15, 2010. The program is chaired by David Bloom and David Canning, both are leading Harvard economists in the areas of HIV/AIDS, aging, retirement and development economics. The program is also affiliated with the Harvard Program on the Global Demography of Aging. Other Harvard faculty members affiliated with the program at William Hsiao, David Cutler, Jessica Cohen, Rodrigo Soares, Ajay Mahal, Winnie Yip, Joseph Newhouse, Gunther Fink, Peter Berman and Gita Sen. The coursework in the first year will include the standard PhD coursework in microeconomics, probability theory and econometrics through Harvard's Department of Economics in addition to 3 courses in demography, health measurement and global health through HSPH. The second year will involve 4 field courses at the Economics Department in a choice of the following areas: labor economics, development economics, public economics or labor economics. The adcom is looking for applicants with strong preparation in mathematics and economics and with interest in conducting doctoral research on developing countries. The application is on the Harvard School of Public Health admission application homepage. Choose the Economics Track in the Department of Global Health, when applying.
  10. Hello, Could you please provide you opinion on the following argument analysis? I would be much obliged. If you're have any essays calling for reviewing, feel free to post a corresponding link below, and I'll happily provide my criticism on one of them. Argument: The following is a memorandum from the sales director to the president of the Healthy-and-Good food company. "A recent study indicates that Venadial, a new margarine currently produced only in the country of Alta, actually reduces cholesterol levels. Derived from the resin of pine trees, Venadial works by activating a metabolic response that is not yet well understood. However, cholesterol levels fell ten to fifteen percent among participants in the study who consumed Venadial daily, and the risk of heart attack by one-third. In addition, the new margarine is so popular that stores in Alta are unable to keep it on their shelves. Therefore, if our company obtains the exclusive right to sell Venadial internationally, our profits are sure to increase substantially within a very short time." Analysis: The general writer's claim in the provided argument is that the margarine Venadial actually reduces cholesterol levels. As a conclusion, the writer suggests that obtaining the right to sell this margarine internationally would bring substantial profit in a very short time. The writer provides results of some research of the margarine, which are supposed to support the general claim. However, neither these research results support the general claim, nor the conclusion about a significant potential profit are well-supported, as the following analysis reveals. The first writer's argument in favor of healthiness of the margarine is that the cholesterol levels fell from ten to fifteen percent and the risk of heart attack by one-third among participants who consumed Venadial daily. From these data it is impossible to conclude definitely that the margarine is healthy. For one thing, the mentioned percents may hide quite small numbers, if the size of the overall study group is small. If so, than the example of people participating in the testing is not representative. Also, there is no data about cholesterol levels of participants who consumed the margarine not daily. Maybe, their cholesterol levels would significantly differ from those of daily margarine consumers. The second argument in favor of the Venadial margarine is that stores in Alta are unable to keep it on their shelves, thus indicating enormous margarine's popularity. This logic is fallacious, because the lack of margarine of the shelves of Alta shops does not necessarily indicates margarine's popularity. For instance, this kind of margarine may be perishable, and margarine supplies are deferred by the manufacturer. Also, shops may not want to buy this margarine because of its dubious effect on its consumer's health. Finally, the writer suggests that obtaining an exclusive right to sell Venadial internationally would bring substantial profit in a very short period of time. Even if it had been proven that Venadial is healthy, the promises of enormous profits in a short period of time are groundless. First of all, there is no guarantee that people in the target selling area would buy Venadial, as well as any other margarine. Some people may not like margarine at all, while others may be repulsed by the extremely high margarine price, from which the company is also not protected; there is no any data concerning Venadial production cost. What is more, the offer to sell Venadial internationally requires consideration of others countries import policies. It is probable that the matter of which Venadial is made of, is treated as illegal for import in the counties of potential export. To summarize, neither the writer supports the claim that the Venadial margarine is healthy, nor he or she supports the conclusion that selling it abroad exclusively would bring significant profit in a short period of time. Thus, the provided argument is inconclusive and should be revised. To strengthen the argument, it is highly necessary to provide detailed medical tests of the margarine, since in the argument, the writer states that the effect of Vendial on health is still unresearched. Even without regarding profit it would bring, the product should be safe for health. Additionally, the effectiveness of the margarine in fighting against hearth diseases should be explored, since selling safe but not efficient product would not necessarily bring considerable profit. Finally, a rigidly devised business plan should be proposed in order to claim anything concerning the size of potential profits and the terms of their obtaining. Thanks in advance. -- Victor
  11. I am interested in working with a non-profit on the executive level or as a lobbyist/liasion on the Federal or State level . I have myriad interests in health policy (poverty and health care, populations with HIV/AIDS, obesity, smoking, drugs/alcohol, mental health care reform, etc.) I have a BA in Psychology and an MA in Journalism. I have been an executive for 10 years in an entirely unrelated field (outside of public policy/health care, that is). All that said, I am presently thinking of chucking what I have now and going back to get a degree - either an MA in Public Policy/Administration or a PhD in Public Policy/Administration. My concern is that with a PhD, I will be viewed as "overqualified" or too research-oriented for a non-profit or government liasion position. Then again, with a master's, I am concerned I will be missing out on more in-depth study as public policy is not my background. As someone who does not want to teach Public Policy on a full-time basis, but enjoys the research/management/applied side, what are the views out there on which degree I should persue? I am also doing research on this when I am able. Any real-world folks out there who have any thoughts on this?
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