Special Issue "Game Theory Approach in Public Health Research"


A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Steven M. Albert (Website)

Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 208 Parran Hall, 130 DeSoto St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
Phone: 412-383-8693
Guest Editor
Dr. Christopher R. Keane

Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 130 DeSoto Street, A212 Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
Interests: evolutionary game models of public health; health behavior in complex systems; cooperation and trust in health decisions; health inequities; social networks
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Sara J. Solnick (Website)

Department of Economics, University of Vermont, 239 Old Mill, 94 University Place, Burlington, VT 05405, USA
Phone: +1-802-656-0183
Interests: behavioral economics; experimental game theory; positional goods; injury and public health
Guest Editor
Dr. Eunha Shim

Department of Mathematics, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 74104, USA
Interests: mathematical modeling of infectious diseases; application of game theory to epidemic modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue invites original applications of game theoretical approaches to public health. We seek papers using game models to help us understand behavior and decision making across the many domains of public health. Approaches may include equation-based evolutionary games; health behavior game experiments with outcomes affecting individual or collective health; simulation of health decision-making in agent-based models; or related topics. Areas of application include cooperative and non-cooperative health behaviors and both health risk and health protective behavior, at individual and population scales. Early efforts in this area have shown that game theoretic approaches are very productive for understanding vaccination decisions and specifying when socially optimal behavior may conflict with individual utilities. The goal of this special issue is to extend this approach to a wide variety of other public health problems.

Prof. Dr. Steven M. Albert
Dr. Christopher R. Keane
Prof. Dr. Sara J. Solnick
Dr. Eunha Shim
Guest Editors


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Games is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 500 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet.

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