Behavioural Science for Health - Dissertation

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Matteo Galizzi QUE.3.16


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Behavioural Science. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

See entry for PB452


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.

See entry for PB452

Indicative reading

-Ansher, C.A., Ariely, D., Nagler, A., Rudd, M., Schwartz, J.A., Shah, A. (2014). Better medicine by default. Medical Decision Making, 34(2), 147-158.

-Charness, G., Gneezy, U. (2009). Incentives to exercise, Econometrica, 77(3), 909-931.

-Dolan, P., Galizzi, M.M. (2015). Like ripples on a pond: behavioural spillovers and their consequences for research and policy. Journal of Economic Psychology, 47, 1-16.

-Dolan, P., Galizzi, M.M., Navarro-Martinez, D. (2015). Paying people to eat or not to eat? Carryover effects of monetary incentives on eating behaviour. Social Science & Medicine, 133, 153-158.

-Galizzi, M.M. (2014). What is really behavioural in behavioural health policies? And, does it work? Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy, 36(1), 25-60.

-Galizzi, M.M., Harrison, G.W., Miraldo, M. (2017). Experimental methods and behavioural insights in health economics: estimating risk and time preferences in health. In Baltagi B, Moscone F (Eds.) Health Econometrics in Contributions to Economic Analysis, Emerald Publishing, UK, in press.

-Galizzi, M.M., Miraldo, M., Stavropoulou, C., van der Pol, M. (2016). Doctors-patients differences in risk and time preferences: a field experiment. Journal of Health Economics, 50, 171-182.

-Galizzi, M.M., Wiesen, D. (2018). Behavioral experiments in health. In Hamilton J (Ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, in press.

-Hanoch, Y., Barnes, A.J., Rice, T. (2017). Behavioral Economics and Healthy Behaviors: Key Concepts and Current Research. London, UK: Routledge.

-John, L., Loewenstein, G., Troxel, A., Norton, L., Fassbender, J., Volpp, K. (2011). Financial incentives for extended weight loss: a randomized, controlled trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26, 621-626.

-Loewenstein, G., Schwartz, J., Ericson, K., Kessler, J.B., Bhargava, S., Hagmann, D. Blumenthal-Barby, J., D’Aunno, T., Handel, B., Kolstad, J., Nussbaum, D., Shaffer, V., Skinner, J., Ubel, P., Zikmund-Fisher, B.J. (2018). Behavioral Insights for Health Care Policy. Behavioral Science and Policy (in press).

-Milkman, K., Minson, J., Volpp (2014). Holding the hunger games hostage at the gym: an evaluation of temptation bundling. Management Science, 60(2), 283-299.

-Newhouse, J.P. and the Insurance Experiment Group. (1993). Free for All? Lessons from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

-Roberto, C.A., Kawachi, I. (2015). Behavioral Economics and Public Health. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

-Schwartz, J.A., Chapman, G.B. (1999). Are more options always better? The attraction effect in physicians’ decisions about medications. Medical Decision Making, 19, 315-323.

-Schwartz, J.A., Mochon, D., Wyper, L., Maroba, J., Patel, D., Ariely, D. (2014). Healthier by precommittment. Psychological Science, 25(2), 538-546.

-Thaler, R.H., Sunnstein, C.R. (2009). Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Yale: Yale University Press.

-Volpp, K., John, L., Troxel, A., Norton, L., Fassbender, J., Loewenstein, G. (2008). Financial incentive-based approaches for weight loss. Journal of the American Medical Association, 300, 2631-2637.

-Volpp, K., Troxel. A., Pauly, M., Glick, H., Puig, A., Asch, D., Galvin, R., Zhu, J., Wan, F., DeGuzman, J., Corbett, E., Weiner, J., Audrain-McGovern, J. (2009). A randomized trial of financial incentives for smoking cessation. New England Journal of Medicine, 350(7), 699-709.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in the ST.

You are required to write a 10,000 word dissertation (replacing the exam). You are expected to attend the course teaching on the half-unit that you chose to write your dissertation on.

Key facts

Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills