New Course: Applied Decision Analysis

Jane Kim Speaking to Colleague.

Experiential learning is emphasized in this new course offering by Jane Kim, Professor of Health Decision Science. RDS290 is an intermediate-advanced level course that expands the decision science curriculum. For the last 9 years, Professor Kim has taught RDS285, an intermediate-advanced methods course in Decision Analysis Methods in Public Health and Medicine. She has long felt that an active learning “hands on” experience for students taking this class would be of great value to integrating theoretical concepts, methodological skills, and practical applications.

Students will conduct their own study using decision analysis, simulation modeling, and cost-effectiveness analysis. Each weekly session will be dedicated to a particular decision analytic methodology. The course will emphasize interactive discussion with complementary didactic teaching. Students will critically appraise their peers’ work and will receive detailed scientific critiques from the teaching team. Final projects will be publication quality and students may present them at scientific conferences and/or submit them to peer-reviewed journals.

Learn more about decision science courses at the school taught by CHDS faculty. CHDS provides resources for students and trainees interested in decision science, including short courses hosted by professional societies, workshops sponsored by centers and institutes, courses at other area institutions, and online learning opportunities. They also provide links to training opportunities within and outside of Harvard.

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