William Weeks studies business and economic aspects of health services delivery, particularly as they relate to value creation from changes to healthcare delivery systems.
A professor of Community and Family Medicine and a Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine, Weeks teaches courses including “Leveraging data” in the MHCDS program and “Using data to inform decision making” in the online MPH program. In 2015-2016, he was the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Aix-Marseille University, the most prestigious award offered by Fulbright’s Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange, where he studied the French healthcare system. Concurrently a visiting scholar at the Institut d’Études Avanceés Exploratoire Méditerranéen de l’Interdisciplinarité (IMéRA), he used techniques developed at The Dartmouth Institute to examine geographic variation in per-capita admission rates for several elective surgical procedures, for psychiatric admissions, and for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs) in France.
Weeks earned a BS from Whitman College, a MD from the University of Texas, a MBA from Columbia University, and a PhD in economics from Aix-Marseille University.
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JAMA|2019 Jan 1
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Ann Intern Med|2018 Dec 11
Weeks WB, Ouayogodé MHL, Ventelou B, Mackenzie T, Weinstein JN
J Palliat Med|2018 Jun
Weeks WB, Ouayogodé MHL, Weinstein JN
J Gen Intern Med|2018 Sep
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Using Data to Inform Decision Making
Data are derived from a number of sources, including variable study hypotheses, designs, and analyses. This course will provide leaders with the tools to evaluate these data and to use modeling for the purposes of decision-making. Participants will attain skills in developing and analyzing the findings from structured clinical studies and learn to use those findings to aid in decision-making.
Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
This course examines the social, economic, cultural, organizational, and institutional factors that impact public and population health. These factors include population characteristics (social class, age, gender, cultural background, race, ethnicity), individual beliefs and behaviors, and socio-political systems and practices that affect public health problems and policies.
Required for MPH