Bachelor of Arts, University of Arizona, 2008
Master of Public Health, University of Arizona, 2011
Master of International Security Studies, University of Arizona, 2013
How Cost Containment Undermines Disease Containment: Political and Economic Obstacles to Investing in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 1:00-3:00pm
Founders Hall 602, Arlington Campus
All are invited to attend.
Gregory Koblentz, Chair
Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley
Julia Painter, College of Health and Human Services
Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) represent a growing public health threat and economic burden, while outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases (EID) have shown a propensity for amplification in hospitals. This dissertation uses a political economy (PE) framework to explore the incentives and disincentives for hospitals to invest sufficient resources in infection prevention and control (IPC). Through the PE lens, it becomes clear that the profit-seeking behavior of the U.S. healthcare industry often runs counter to IPC priorities. Utilizing HAI and EID outbreaks as case studies, this mixed method approach identifies market failures and assesses government interventions that occur when private hospital interests prioritize profit over public health.
A copy of this doctoral dissertation is on reserve at the Arlington Campus Library. Another copy is available for examination from Shannon Williams, Schar School of Policy and Government.