Health Economics and Policy Innovation Collaborative

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The Health Economics and Policy Innovation Collaborative (HEPIC) promotes research among faculty and students at Georgia Tech who work at the forefront of health economics and policy. HEPIC is centered on using advanced data analytics developed by economists and policy scholars to answer today’s most pressing health-related questions.


HEPIC works on finding solutions to pressing economic and policy questions related to health and health care. HEPIC affiliates collaborate with faculty and researchers at area institutions including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Emory University, Georgia State University, and University of Georgia. To facilitate the exchange of ideas and spark new collaborations, HEPIC hosts events such as seminars, workshops, and brown bag research discussions that include leading national and international scholars.


Core research areas for HEPIC affiliates include:

  • The impacts of access to healthcare services on health, family, and economic outcomes
  • How the structure of the healthcare industry and insurance markets impact health outcomes
  • The impacts of AI in healthcare
  • Child well-being and effectiveness of child protection policies
  • How policies related to substance use impact health and communities

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Students interested in health economics and policy have the opportunity to:

  • Earn an undergraduate minor in Health Policy and Economics
  • Earn a Ph.D. in Economics with a focus on health economics
  • Earn a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a focus on health policy
  • Take the following graduate and undergraduate courses in health economics
    • PUBP 3210: U.S. Health Policy
    • ECON 4510: Economics of Health and Health Care
    • ECON 4803: Economics of Risky Behaviors
    • ECON 8803: Health Economics I 

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