If you want to study health economics but you can't travel to University of Aberdeen the discipline is available now for online study from anywhere in the world. The programme is ideal of you are a health professional or want to work in the discipline and you can't relocate to study, you have a full time job or other commitments which don't allow you to study on campus. Health Economics is a very interesting programme due to the direct influence it can have on services, behaviours and population behaviour change. Services can be managed more effectively and health interventions screened more effectively in terms of benefits,
If you have a 2:1 degree from any discipline this programme is available for application. There are wide ranging healthcare and associated industries reliant on health economics and research to drive regulation and policy, purchasing provision and research in the public and private sectors internationally. HERU has strong links with policy makers in the UK including the Evidence Directorate of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Analytical Services Division of the Scottish Government and NHS Education Scotland with NHS Health Scotland.
Health economics applies economic thinking to the analysis of health and health care. It is a relatively young sub-discipline but has grown rapidly. This MSc programme is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career as a professional health economist or who wish to undertake a PhD. Health economics is typically applied in multidisciplinary settings. This is reflected within the course providing you with health economics skills alongside generic economic and health service research skills.
Introduction to Economics and Health Economics
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Are you intrigued by topics like health insurance, costs, benefits and reforms and health disparities? Does contributing to economic solutions in this atypical sector sound like the challenge for you? The Health Economics programme provides you with the concepts and quantitative skills necessary to face the 21st Century health sector challenges.
This programme teaches you to apply economic knowledge and econometric analysis to pressing issues in health care. You will address problems caused by rising costs, population aging and rapid advances in medical technology. All this, in a sector with atypical agents (after all, doctors do not maximise profits) where even the value of the main good itself, health, is subject of debate.
Health Economics? Rotterdam is where you should be. As global frontrunners in research and training our researchers frequently publish in top journals in the field and are regularly consulted by international bodies from all over the world. It’s these researchers of the Health Economics Group of Erasmus School of Economics and the Health Economics and Health Systems and Insurance groups of the Institute for Health Policy and Management who will shape your education.
The Master specialisation in Health Economics at Erasmus School of Economics has an outstanding reputation in the health business community. It has everything to prepare you for a bright future as a health economist at for example:
Far from an average sector, complex and far-reaching economic issues and as topical as science gets: Health Economics is truly unique. Do you want to combine quantitative skills with economics in this sector? Meet your fellow students!
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The UCL MSc in Health Economics and Decision Science spans the disciplines of economics, statistics and epidemiology - training students in applied problems, while providing the theoretical foundations expected of an outstanding UCL postgraduate degree. Strong links to industry and demand for skills in this area mean that graduates of this programme will be highly employable.
Students choose between a decision science or economics stream and complete eight taught modules and a project. Some students will have the opportunity of an industry internship. All graduates will understand how the political, economic and physical context of health systems frames the application of economics and decision science. Graduates will be able to conduct rigorous cost-effectiveness analyses of health technologies and interventions.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits compromising eight taught modules worth 15 credits each and a substantive piece of student-led research that will carry 60 credits. Students must undertake either four or five core modules. The combination and number of modules studied will depend on your chosen stream and whether your background is in statistics or economics.
At least four modules (60 credits) must be selected from the following list. The selection of core modules is specific to the student's preferred stream.
In addition to the modules listed, student may select one optional module from any department in UCL.
All students undertake an indepedent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of up to 10,000 words (60 credits). Some students may conduct their research project together with industry partners.
Teaching and learning
Teaching will be delivered using a wide range of methods including classroom teaching, peer-led seminars, online lectures and practical exercises, moderated debates, group exercises and reading and writing tasks. Assessment varies from written examinations, to essays, portfolios and oral presentations.
A number of students will have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement. This will not be assessed as part of the programme and access to placements is voluntary and based on open competition.
Graduates of this MSc may go on to work within the pharmaceutical industry, local or national government departments, international organisations, think tanks, consultancies or in academia among other opportunities. Programme organisers liaise with a range of potential employers to create internship opportunities where students can experience the working environment in their field and develop important professional networks.
As the global population grows and ages, so too does the challenge of providing equitable access to cost-effective healthcare. This MSc has been developed to fill a gap in training and skills in higher education, to embrace the multidisciplinary nature of health economics and decision science and provide students with a solid theoretical foundation - while allowing them to choose specific pathways within which they can focus on either more advanced modelling or advanced applied economics.
UCL offers a unique, multidisciplinary environment in which to study health economics and decision science. The teaching team comprises economists, statisticians, epidemiologists, mathematicians and public health doctors among others. As a world-leading university, we research, publish and consult on the topics we teach. Our strong links to industry, policy and academia enhance the relevance of our teaching and the employment opportunities of our graduates.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute for Global Health
81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
The MSc in Health Economics and Policy provides opportunities to gain a deeper and more critical insight into this area of knowledge. The programme is offered part-time via blended e-learning and an annual autumn Academy held in Lancaster.
It aims to promote advanced knowledge and a critical understanding of theory, research, policy and practice in health economics and policy.
The MSc in Health Economics and Policy aims to provide an opportunity for those seeking to enhance their academic knowledge of the discipline and be better qualified to successfully apply for positions in the public sector or pharmaceutical companies, if desired.
- Induction Academy
- Health Economics: principles and practice
- Systematic approaches to literature reviews and evidence synthesis
- Data Analysis