Cost-Benefit Analysis for Disaster Preparedness


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Course Description

This course is provided by South Central Public Health Partnership and will require a secondary login and/or registration.


This is a self-study course accompanied only by PowerPoint files, no audio or video files at this time. This course explains what Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is and how to use it to select the most worthy project(s) from a list of candidates. Because CBA makes the user define all costs and benefits in terms of dollars, it is useful for comparing projects that may have very different kinds of good and bad outcomes that will affect different parties. The course explains how CBA can be manipulated to make a project look good or bad and how to discourage such abuse by carefully specifying how data were obtained. Some alternative methods of evaluating projects known as Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) and Cost-Utility Analysis (CUA) are also explained. These latter methods are useful for comparing projects that have somewhat similar types of outcomes. The course gives several detailed examples of how to perform these analyses.


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Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Understand what Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is
  2. Understand why the Viewpoint and Time Frame of CBA are important
  3. Understand what kinds of data and information CBA requires
  4. Understand how CBA can be misused
  5. Understand some alternative approaches to determining the worth of projects


Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  1. 1A.6 (Tier 1):  Recognizes the integrity and comparability of data
  2. 7A.13 (Tier 1): Describes how cost-effectiveness, cost benefit, and cost-utility analyses affect programmatic prioritization and decision making


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Required: Power Point


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