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Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Health Economics Postgraduate Diploma and Health Economics Masters to our growing range of online courses. Read more
Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Health Economics Postgraduate Diploma and Health Economics Masters to our growing range of online courses. Our Health Economics courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning.

Our online Health Economics courses are necessary to address the disparity between national and sub-national decision-making, and between different sub-national regions or institutions. They aim to standardise processes and give practitioners the ability to apply the same principles to their individual decision-making. The courses in Health Economics will enable healthcare professionals to be well equipped to elicit the maximum value from finite budgets. They will help students understand why Health Economics has and should become integral to healthcare decision making as well as understanding the underlying principles, methodologies and processes associated with this established and growing international discipline.

This very practical Postgraduate Diploma and MSc will focus on direct application to current topics, case studies and processes relevant to the student’s own remit and country of practice. Unlike other courses, it covers the key disease area pertinent to Health Economics for healthcare decision making.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Economics

Our online 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Economics will focus on direct application to current topics, case studies and processes relevant to the student’s own remit and country of practice. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises 6 modules of 20 credits each.

On completion of the Applied Health Economics Diploma, you will be able to:
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the application of Health Economics in healthcare decision making.
Critically evaluate current research in Health Economics for healthcare decision making.
Apply a critical awareness of current issues in Health Economic evaluations.
Implement Health Economic evaluations in clinical practice scenarios.

Course Structure

Our 1 year course consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - Health Economic Decision Making and Health Technology Appraisal/Assessment
Module 2 - Principles of Obtaining Patient Access in Healthcare Systems
Module 3 - Health Economic Modelling and Analysis
Module 4 - Understanding the Use of Data in Health Technology Assessment
Module 5 - National and International Health Economic Decision Making
Module 6 - Sub-National (regional, institutional) Health Economic Decision Making

Assessment

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).

Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice. Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales). The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

Scientific writing.
Levels of evidence.
Harvard referencing.
Reflective writing.

The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

MSc Health Economic

The MSc Health Economics course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Health Economics medicine. The online masters in Health Economics will enable more health care professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Health Economics.

Entry to the 1 year MSc in Health Economics will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Our Health Economics Masters of Science course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Health Economics including NHS managers, Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, CCG's commissioning teams, CCG Pharmacy teams, Pharmaceutical Industry Professionals and Other suitably qualified and interested individuals.

The MSc Health Economics course is the only one of its title that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution. On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.
Advanced level critical skills designed to deal with complex problems.
Advanced knowledge and competence in Health Economics.

Course Structure

Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal in Health Economics for healthcare decision making
Professional Project: Applied Health Economics for healthcare decision making

Teaching Methods

Module 1: Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal - MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.
Module 2: Professional Project - To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

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Who is it for?. The demand for specialists in health economics continues to increase. Whether you have a quantitative, sciences’ or economics background, the MSC in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare is designed to help you meet that demand. Read more

Who is it for?

The demand for specialists in health economics continues to increase. Whether you have a quantitative, sciences’ or economics background, the MSC in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare is designed to help you meet that demand.

From economic evaluation, health economics and quantitative methods to welfare economics and epidemiology, this course will give you the expertise to pursue a rewarding career in health economics.

Objectives

This course has been designed to meet the demand for health economics’ quantitative and analytical skills for decision-making in the healthcare sector.

The Economic Evaluation in Healthcare MSc helps you:

  • Develop your analytical and modelling abilities.
  • Understand the background and theoretical foundations of health economics.
  • Recognise the conceptual bases for economic evaluation and advanced quantitative methods relevant to healthcare decision-making.
  • Gain the skills and the experience you need to work as a health economist.

The Department of Economics hosts both the City Health Economics Centre (CHEC) and the London Health Economics Group (LHEG)

Placements

Placements provide you with a unique opportunity to apply the skills you have learned during the MSc and acquire experience in the workplace.

Companies and organisations are invited to meet with you and propose subjects for your dissertation, which will be done during a placement. Organisations and students liaise directly with the approval of the academic supervisor.

Our students secure placements with a wide range of companies, such as:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Janssen-Cilag
  • Eli Lilly
  • Campbell Alliance
  • Office of Health Economics
  • Otsuka
  • Celgene
  • Curo
  • IMS Health
  • And many others.

Academic facilities

As a Master’s student at City, you will benefit from state-of-the art student-geared facilities, including a bright new gym and meeting points. Most importantly, you will benefit from City’s central London location.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by research-active academic staff, teaching assistants, and industry speakers and visiting lecturers.

We have also invited speakers to present specialised topics in Health Economics.

Assessments are typically a combination of unseen written examinations (70% for each module) and coursework (30% for each module), but this can vary by module.

About two-thirds of our students secure a placement at a firm. The placement is used to learn about the sector while writing the dissertation.

Pre-sessionals

Pre-sessional activities covering Statistics, Microeconomics, Stata, Excel and Mathematics run in September before the start of term. These are available for all students who secure a place on the MSc Economic Evaluation and Healthcare course. Pre-sessionals are included in your degree fee and are designed to prepare you for the course. We therefore strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend. Dates of the sessions are as follows:

  • Statistics – date TBC
  • Mathematics – date TBC
  • Stata – date TBC
  • Excel – date TBC
  • Microeconomics – date TBC

Please note that you are not required to register for the above pre-sessionals, you just need to turn up on the day. Further information, such as the exact times and locations, will be provided in your induction schedule.

Full-time and part-time assessment

The teaching takes place over two terms, from September to June.

Full-time students take 20 weeks of lectures, plus dissertation and examination periods over one year.

Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions will finish the programme at the end of September, when they submit their dissertation.

Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August re-sit exam session will submit their dissertation in December.

Part-time students take 20 weeks of lectures, plus dissertation and examination periods spread over one year and three months.

Part-time students complete all modules over the course of four terms, from September to June, before undertaking their dissertation.

Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions will finish the programme in December, when they submit their dissertation. Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules in August submit in March of the following year.

Modules

You will complete 180 credits. This includes modules worth 120 credits (one module worth 30 credits and six modules worth 15 credits). The research project is worth 60 credits.

Each module typically has a weekly two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial, but this may vary.

This course is taught on Thursdays and Fridays only. A full-time student can expect to spend all day Thursday and Friday at City, for 10 or 11 weeks in the Autumn term and the Spring term.

Please note: it is not possible to give an exact indication of hours per week, as these can vary from one term to the other, depending on which electives you choose.

Part one: route core module

You will take Quantitative Methods and Economic Evaluation on Thursdays during the first term and Health Economics and Advanced Economic Evaluation on Thursdays during the second term.

You will take Epidemiology on Fridays during the first term and Welfare Economics and Economic Evaluation Workshops (Modelling) on Fridays during the second term.

Part-time students will take only what is taught on Thursdays during the first year and what is taught on Fridays during the second year.

  • Quantitative methods (Health) (30 credits)
  • Advanced Economic Evaluation in Health Care (15 credits)
  • Economic evaluation (15 credits)
  • Economic evaluation workshops (15 credits)
  • Welfare economics (15 credits)
  • Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Health Economics (15 credits)

Part two: route core module

  • Economics research project (60 credits)

Career prospects

This MSc prepares you for a wide range of career opportunities in economic consultancies, think-tanks, the pharmaceutical industry, professional associations, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations. It will also enable you to explore teaching and research positions in academic institutions.

Our MSc Economic Evaluation and Healthcare graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Abacus International
  • NICE
  • Optum
  • IMS Health
  • Research International
  • NHS
  • Kovis
  • Eli-Lilly
  • OHE
  • United Nations
  • Fidelity
  • Oxford Outcomes
  • Gallaher
  • Johnson&Johnson
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Synovate
  • Tomtah

The MSc also provides a solid academic foundation for students wishing to pursue doctoral research in economics. Our Master’s graduates have pursued PhDs at UCL, York, City, University of London and Warwick.



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Who is it for?. Interested in pursuing a rewarding career as a health economist? The Health Economics MSc has been designed for those who have a background in economics and are looking to specialise. Read more

Who is it for?

Interested in pursuing a rewarding career as a health economist? The Health Economics MSc has been designed for those who have a background in economics and are looking to specialise. However, we also offer provision to those who are new to economics.

In developed and developing countries, the demand for specialists in health economics continues to increase. The Health Economics MSc is designed to meet this demand by introducing you to how microeconomics principles can be applied to the analysis of health and healthcare decisions by consumers, firms and governments.

As a result, you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to work as a Health Economist in the public and private sectors, and international health organisations and NGOs.

Objectives

The Health Economics MSc will help you:

  • Develop your analytical and modelling abilities
  • Understand the principles of microeconomics applied to health and healthcare
  • Apply principles and methods of economic evaluation
  • Assess the principal theoretical models developed by economists to explain the healthcare sector
  • Understand and apply the advanced quantitative methods used in health economics and economic evaluation
  • Design, analyse and interpret economic evaluation research.

Placements

Placements provide you with a unique opportunity to apply the skills you have learned during the MSc and acquire experience in the workplace.

Companies and organisations are invited to meet with you and propose subjects for your dissertation, which will be done during a placement. Organisations and students liaise directly with the approval of the academic supervisor.

Our students secure placements with a wide range of companies, such as:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Janssen-Cilag
  • Eli Lilly
  • Campbell Alliance
  • Office of Health Economics
  • Otsuka
  • Celgene
  • Curo
  • IMS Health
  • And many others.

Academic facilities

As a Masters student at City, you will benefit from state-of-the art student-geared facilities, including a bright new gym and meeting points. Most importantly, you will benefit from City’s central London location.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by research-active academic staff, teaching assistants, and industry and visiting lecturers.

We have also invited speakers to present specialised topics in health economics.

Assessments are typically a combination of unseen written examinations (70% for each module) and coursework (30% for each module), but this can vary by module.

About two-thirds of our students secure a placement at a firm. The placement is used to learn about the sector while writing the dissertation.

Pre-sessionals

Pre-sessional activities covering Statistics, Microeconomics, Stata, Excel and Mathematics run in September before the start of term. These are available for all students who secure a place on the MSc Economic Evaluation and Healthcare course. Pre-sessionals are included in your degree fee and are designed to prepare you for the course. We therefore strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend. Dates of the sessions are as follows:

  • Stata – September 2018
  • Mathematics – September 2018
  • Microeconomics – September 2018
  • Excel - September 2018
  • Probability – September 2018
  • Macroeconomics – October 2018

Please note that you are not required to register for the above pre-sessionals, you just need to turn up on the day. Further information such as the exact times and locations will be provided in your induction schedule.

Full-time and part-time assessment

The teaching takes place over two terms, from September to June.

Full-time students take 20 weeks of lectures, plus dissertation/literature review and examination periods over one year.

Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions will finish the programme at the end of September, when they submit their literature review/dissertation. Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August re-sit exam session will submit their literature review/dissertation in December.

Part-time students take 20 weeks of lectures, plus literature review/dissertation and examination periods spread over one year and three months.

Part-time students complete all modules over the course of four terms, from September to June, before undertaking their literature review/dissertation.

Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions will finish the programme in December, when they submit their literature review/dissertation. Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules in August submit in March of the following year.

Modules

You will take three core modules, plus the following depending on your path:

  • Dissertation path: you take two additional core modules (ECM302 Microeconomic Theory and ECM308 Econometrics) and one elective module alongside the Dissertation (Economics Research Project ECM306 60 credits).
  • Literature survey path: you take two additional core modules (ECM301 Microeconomic Analysis and ECM304 Quantitative Methods (Health)) and three elective modules alongside the Economics Literature Survey (ECM307 30 credits)

Each module typically has a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial each week, but this may vary. It is not possible to give exact hours per week, as these can vary from one term to the other depending on which electives you choose.

Please note: for part-time students, the modules are taught on weekdays during the daytime, alongside the students who are studying on the full-time MSc programme. Please contact us for further details.

Career prospects

This MSc prepares you for a wide range of career opportunities in economic consultancies, think-tanks, the pharmaceutical industry, professional associations, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations. It will also enable you to explore teaching and research positions in academic institutions.

Our MSc Health Economics graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Abacus International
  • NICE
  • Eli Lilly
  • Oxford Outcomes
  • Gallaher
  • IMS Health
  • OHE

The MSc also provides you with a solid academic foundation should you wish to pursue doctoral research in economics. Our Master’s graduates have pursued PhDs at UCL, Oxford, Warwick and Sheffield.



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Comprehensive training in the theory and practice of health economics. York pioneered study in 'health economics' and received the Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of its outstanding work at world-class level in this field in 2007. Read more
Comprehensive training in the theory and practice of health economics.

Overview

York pioneered study in 'health economics' and received the Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of its outstanding work at world-class level in this field in 2007. Studying for a Health Economics masters at York therefore means you'll be joining a programme with an international reputation for excellence.

The course will equip you with the experience and leading-edge skills you need for a career in research and health service decision-making. During your time at York, you'll have access to The Health Economics Resource Centre which provides a suite of rooms combining teaching materials, computing facilities and information resources.

Course Content

You'll study five compulsory core components, supplemented by a wide choice of optional units, to gain a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of health economics.

Taught by world-leading experts, you will complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.

Modules
For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five core modules which amount to 90 of your 100 required credits:
-Evaluation of Health Care (20 credits)
-Health Economics (20 credits)
-Clinical Decision Analysis (10 credits)

One set from these choices:
-Econometrics 1 (10 credits) and Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
-Econometrics 1 & 2 (20 credits)
-Statistics and Econometrics (20 credits)
-Econometric Methods for Research (20 credits)

One set from these choices:
-Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)
-Applied Microeconomics 1 (10 credits) and Applied Microeconomics 2 (10 credits)

In addition you can choose one 10 credit option from:
-Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
-Design and Alalysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
-Evaluation of Health Policy (10 credits)
-Experimental Economics (10 credits)
-Health and Development (10 credits)
-Industrial Economics (10 credits)
-International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Labour Economics (10 credits)
-Management Decision Analysis (10 credits)
-Public Finance (10 credits)
-Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications (10 credit)

Over the three months of summer, you'll complete a piece of independent research, guided by a supervisor. The 10,000 word dissertation is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

Most students on the MSc in Health Economics choose to do a summer placement under the supervision of an experienced health economist. These differ from the standard dissertation as the placement supervisor suggests the research topic. A list of topics is circulated in the middle of the Spring term and you are allocated to your preferred placement before the Easter vacation.

The summer placements involve many different institutions including academic research units, the NHS and pharmaceutical companies. Most students are based in UK but in recent years placements have taken students to Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Vietnam and the USA.

While you shouldn't try to organise your own placement, suggestions for topics and host institutions are always welcome. These should be given to your course director.

Careers

This course is ideal for people who want to work in research and health service decision-making. Potential employers will value the experience you'll gain on your summer placement. The MSc is also an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.

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Aimed at health care professionals and managers, as well as new graduates, this programme provides an introduction to the central issues in health economics and health policy involved in the management of primary health care. Read more

Aimed at health care professionals and managers, as well as new graduates, this programme provides an introduction to the central issues in health economics and health policy involved in the management of primary health care.

Course details

This programme is suitable for people currently working in the health care sector (in both the public and private sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry) who wish to improve their understanding of and skills in health economics. It may also be of interest to new graduates who wish to pursue a career in health economics and/or health services research. 

The course does not require a first degree in economics. Students who do have a first degree in economics may be interested in our MSc in Health Economics and Econometrics.

Learning and teaching

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

This programme is delivered via block sessions of 3 or 5 days. You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Employability

You may be wondering what you can go on to do with an MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy. The following articles will give you some idea of the variety of fields you can go into with this qualification.

To see some of our students and staff talking about the programme please visit our Virtual Open Day platform where you can access the videos.

These alumni profiles will give you an idea of what our students have gone on to after studying on the MSc Health Economics and Health Policy programme. 

Bill Malcolm - Alumnus

Shola Bolaji - Alumnus

Ross Maconachie - Alumnus

Careers Support for Postgraduates 

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website.



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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. Read more

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.

About this degree

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.

Core modules

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.

  • Health Systems in a Global Context
  • Health Policy and Reform
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Medical Statistics I
  • Econometrics
  • Key Principles of Health Economics
  • Modelling for Decision Science
  • Microeconomics for Health

Optional modules

  • Bayesian Methods in Economic Evaluation
  • Health Economics
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Concepts and Controversies in Global Health
  • Climate Change and Health
  • The PPE of Health
  • Medical Statistics II
  • Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health
  • Economics of Health and Population
  • Urban Health

In addition to the modules listed, student may select one optional module from any department in UCL. 

Dissertation/report

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.

Placement

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.

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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.



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Your path to contribute to effective solutions in health care. Read more

Your path to contribute to effective solutions in health care

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. 

Get educated by the best in Rotterdam

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.

Careers

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:

  • consulting firms (e.g. KPMG, IMS Health, SiRM)
  • the pharmaceutical industry (e.g. Pfizer, Glaxo Smith Kline)
  • health insurance companies (e.g. Achmea, Delta Lloyd)
  • academia (e.g. EUR, University of Birmingham)
  • international organisations (e.g. WHO, World Bank)
  • regional health authorities and government institutions (e.g. RIVM, Ministry of Health)
  • hospitals (e.g. Erasmus MC)

"Addressing topical healthcare issues is inspirational in and of itself"

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!

Download the brochure here.



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Our research-intensive MSc program offers students the opportunity to conduct outstanding research projects and receive training in a broad range of fields within the pharmaceutical sciences. Read more
Our research-intensive MSc program offers students the opportunity to conduct outstanding research projects and receive training in a broad range of fields within the pharmaceutical sciences. We provide you with exceptional mentors and supervisors, a rigorous learning environment, and access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to conduct your research.

We accept students from a wide range of backgrounds. Students come to us with degrees in pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, biotechnology, the basic and biomedical sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, pharmacology), engineering (e.g., biomedical, chemical), economics and epidemiology. More than 50% of our graduate students come to us from other parts of the world, including the US and countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. We offer orientation events to help new students integrate into life here in Vancouver, as well as at UBC and within the Faculty itself. Our Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Society (PharGS) offers another fantastic way to feel at home at UBC.

Our graduate degree programs offer you enormous potential in terms of fulfilling career opportunities in industry, government and academia, as well as in other health professions.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Science
- Specialization: Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

WHERE YOUR DEGREE CAN TAKE YOU

A master's in pharmaceutical sciences is a launching pad to success in countless fields. As just a handful of examples, our grads have gone on to: fine-tune treatments for diseases like tuberculosis; lecture internationally about female contraceptives; study the regulation of cardiac metabolism following diabetes; optimize medication dosages for organ transplantation; and improve mental health outcomes through better understanding antipsychotics.

The possibilities are limitless with a UBC graduate degree in pharmaceutical sciences. You might consult for physicians. You might work in research and quality control, or as an administrator in a hospital or government setting. Maybe you'll consult on drug products, or health policy. Or maybe you'll find your place in teaching, mentoring and developing up-and-coming leaders in the field.

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This course aims to develop critical analysis of issues within health policy, planning and financing and to enable students to devise appropriate health policy responses. Read more

This course aims to develop critical analysis of issues within health policy, planning and financing and to enable students to devise appropriate health policy responses. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds. This is a joint programme provided by the School and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). The course provides training relevant to countries at all levels of development, although participants are able to specialise.

Graduates enter careers in global health and national health policy and planning, research, advisory or advocacy roles in governments and international agencies.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/files/hppf_progspec.pdf)

- Intercalating this course (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/ways-study/intercalating-study-masters-degree)

Visit the website https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/health-policy-planning-financing

Additional Requirements

Additionally for the MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing, applicants should ideally have prior work experience in areas relating to health, policy, planning and financing. Preference will be given to such candidates given the competitive nature of this course. A minimum of one year’s experience in health policy or public health related work is recommended.

Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Please contact the course directors if you are not sure whether this is the right course for you.

Objectives

By the end of this course students should be able to:

- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of global and national health policies, including current and emerging trends and also of disciplines relevant to the study of health policy, planning and financing (epidemiology, health economics and other social sciences)

- apply their knowledge and skills using a multidisciplinary approach to formulate, implement and evaluate health policies and plans

- demonstrate written and verbal competence in communicating empirical evidence and in consolidating and critically appraising

debates relevant to issues of health policy and health financing

- demonstrate competence in key research and presentation skills, such as undertaking a literature search, a critical review of published literature or to evaluate research findings

Structure

Term 1:

All students take compulsory modules as follows:

- Financing Health Care (LSE)

- Health Services OR Health Policy Planning and Financing

Students must then take one additional module from each institution:

- LSE: Health Economics; Pharmaceutical Economics; Foundations of Health Policy

- LSHTM: Health Policy, Process and Power; Basic Epidemiology; Issues in Public Health

Term 2:

Students take four modules from LSE and the School:

- For modules to be taken at LSE, any restrictions will be included in the programme specification, and may be adjusted by LSE

- For modules to be taken at the School, any restrictions will be included in the programme specification, and may be adjusted by the School

It will not normally be possible to take other School modules except as a 'special case' choice requiring formal approval by the Course Director and Departmental Taught Course Director. Students may make a maximum of one such choice within the degree.

In all cases, each student's full set of module choices must be approved by the Course Directors at LSE and the School in order to confirm that students' choices fit with their stated career aims and form a coherent set of modules for the MSc. Students must also meet the entrance requirements for each particular module. Guidance will be provided in the course handbook, to outline the key differences between recommended modules and provide comments where relevant on optional modules - to help both students and tutors differentiate between and make module choices most appropriately.

Project Report:

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a written research project on a topic selected in consultation with their tutor, for submission by early September.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/mshppf.html#sixth



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About the MSc Programme. This is a double executive programme with the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, designed for professionals working in policy, and the healthcare field. Read more

About the MSc Programme

This is a double executive programme with the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, designed for professionals working in policy, and the healthcare field.

The large shift in the world’s global resources within the health sector has seen a general increase in the demand for specialised master’s programmes in health policy. This programme responds to this need by preparing students to work as directors, programme managers and health policy advisors in the private sector, government, and more.

This programme will lead to the award of two degrees. LSE modules, which lead to the award of MSc Health Economics and Policy, focus on financing healthcare, cost-effectiveness analysis, pharmaceutical economics, and systematic review and meta-analysis. The University of Chicago modules, which lead to the award of MA in Public Policy (with a certificate in health policy), will focus on microeconomics, statistics, analytical politics, public policy research and strategies and tactics in health policy. The programme includes both a capstone course and a dissertation. These projects are designed to strengthen your professional experience and skills in preparation for the transition from mid-level to leadership positions.

Graduate Destinations

We are aiming to provide students with a theoretical understanding of health care policy developments and to generate a critical awareness of the research that has been conducted into selected areas of health policy and health systems globally. This will help prepare students to work as directors, programme managers and health policy advisors in the private sector (government and public affairs departments), international health organisations, donor agencies, philanthropic organisations and foundations, Ministries of Health and NGOs. 



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About the course. In the current economic climate with healthcare systems facing resource constraints, governments, insurers, health care organisations and the pharmaceutical industry need to analyse the costs and benefits of health-related strategies. Read more

About the course

In the current economic climate with healthcare systems facing resource constraints, governments, insurers, health care organisations and the pharmaceutical industry need to analyse the costs and benefits of health-related strategies.

This course is ideal preparation for a career as a professional health economist or modeller.

As a graduate, you'll be capable of working immediately in health economics and outcomes research consultancies; university-based health technology assessment centres; pharmaceutical and medical companies; healthcare and government organisations; or progressing in an academic career to PhD and further research.Your career

Career

We can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to understand and improve health services: analytical skills, critical thinking and in-depth knowledge of your discipline. We offer postgraduate courses for health and social care professionals, managers and anyone planning a career in health services research.

Our graduates work in public health, the private sector, health services management, and health and social care, all over the world. They also go on to further public health training or academic research.

An international academic community

As one of the largest multi-disciplinary schools of public health and health services research in the UK, ScHARR is a rich academic community. You will be taught by world-leading experts in health economics, public health sciences, the sociology of health, health psychology, decision analysis, management sciences, epidemiology, medical statistics and information science. They include members of The Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Public Health. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us fourth in the UK for research power.

Our staff and students come from all over the world and offer international perspectives to all our courses.

Flexible study routes

We offer both traditional campus-based and online courses. Our high quality online courses are taught by the same expert academic staff who teach our courses in Sheffield and offer an alternative to coming to the UK. Guided by our staff, you can study at a pace that suits your personal circumstances. This can be an effective route for those who need to continue to work while they study. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are also available.

You can also study individual modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). See the ScHARR web pages for details of available modules. For LBR and CPD information, visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hsccpd

Facilities

You’ll have access to library and computing facilities. We provide specialist information and library services in our information resources section.

Course content

  • ntroduction to Health Economics
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Cost-effectiveness Modelling for Health Technology Assessment
  • Medical Statistics and Evidence Synthesis
  • Study Design and Systematic Review Methods
  • Valuing the Benefits of Health Care
  • Further Statistical Methods for Health Economic Analysis
  • Advanced Simulation Methods

Teaching and assessment

You'll be taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent study. Assessment is by coursework, examinations and a dissertation.



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About the MSc Programme. The programme aims to help professionals accelerate their existing careers by exploring new options within the pharmaceutical and healthcare fields and enhancing their existing set of health management, economics and policy skills. Read more

About the MSc Programme

The programme aims to help professionals accelerate their existing careers by exploring new options within the pharmaceutical and healthcare fields and enhancing their existing set of health management, economics and policy skills. You will also gain a theoretical and conceptual understanding of health-related topics.

You will have the opportunity to engage with the UK's top academics, policy-makers and professionals in international health. You will be taught by leading UK and European academics in the areas of health economics, management and policy.

This is a modular programme, with four two-week intensive LSE-based lecture courses, as well as a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You have the flexibility to customise your curriculum by choosing from a range of optional modules, allowing you to pursue the areas which interest you and fit your background, experience and goals.

Previous participants on the programme have included a diverse group of professionals from various health services, insurance funds, international agencies, and health care, pharmaceutical and consulting companies from across the globe.

Graduate Destinations

This MSc will prepare you to seek employment in many sectors, including the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, insurers and insurance funds, health care management, government, non-governmental organisations and academia. Upon graduation, many students will also expect to take on more responsibility or a different focus with their current employer.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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This programme provides practising healthcare professionals with a set of tailored courses in health economics, outcomes research and health care management in cardiovascular sciences. Read more

This programme provides practising healthcare professionals with a set of tailored courses in health economics, outcomes research and health care management in cardiovascular sciences.

It is delivered by faculty based in LSE Health, one of the Department of Social Policy’s associated research centres and one of the world’s most highly rated research and teaching centres, and is offered in collaboration with the European Society of Cardiology.

It will prepare you to explore new research, advisory, consulting, and leadership roles through unique modules tailored for practising healthcare professionals. In addition to gaining a theoretical and conceptual understanding of health economics and outcomes research, you will acquire new skills to accelerate or refocus your career. Upon graduation, it will allow you to expand your employment opportunities in related sectors, including the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, government, and non-governmental organisations. 

Graduate Destinations

This MSc will prepare you to explore new advisory, management, and leadership roles within the health care field. Beyond your current work settings, you will be able to expand your employment opportunities in related sectors, including the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, government, and non-governmental organisations. Upon graduation, you can expect to take on more responsibility or shift your career focus in the cardiovascular science field.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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This programme provides practising healthcare professionals with a set of tailored courses in health economics, outcomes research and health care management in cardiovascular sciences. Read more

This programme provides practising healthcare professionals with a set of tailored courses in health economics, outcomes research and health care management in cardiovascular sciences.

It is delivered by faculty based in LSE Health, one of the Department of Social Policy’s associated research centres and one of the world’s most highly rated research and teaching centres, and is offered in collaboration with the European Society of Cardiology.

It will prepare you to explore new research, advisory, consulting, and leadership roles through unique modules tailored for practising healthcare professionals. In addition to gaining a theoretical and conceptual understanding of health economics and outcomes research, you will acquire new skills to accelerate or refocus your career. Upon graduation, it will allow you to expand your employment opportunities in related sectors, including the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, government, and non-governmental organisations. 

Graduate Destinations

This MSc will prepare you to explore new advisory, management, and leadership roles within the health care field. Beyond your current work settings, you will be able to expand your employment opportunities in related sectors, including the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, government, and non-governmental organisations. Upon graduation, you can expect to take on more responsibility or shift your career focus in the cardiovascular science field.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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About the MSc Programme. This is a stream of the . MSc International Health Policy. programme. In both streams, you will examine important health policy issues through the application of basic health policy and economic principles. Read more

About the MSc Programme

This is a stream of the MSc International Health Policy programme. In both streams, you will examine important health policy issues through the application of basic health policy and economic principles.

You will also analyse current and emerging health care problems and the range of health policies being developed to meet them internationally. The Health Economics stream will allow you to further concentrate on health economics analysis.

The programme offers an international perspective, with international faculty in many courses. You will also benefit from contact with research staff in LSE Health and Social Care, including specialists in health economics, public health, social care, European health care reform and behavioural public policy.

You may be able to undertake an internship with a major international or governmental organisation, company or academic institution as part of your overall student assessment.

This programme will prepare you for a career in a range of fields, including in health administration, health management, government departments or agencies, consultancies, international organisations or the commercial health sector; as well as for a career in research or for further study.

Graduate Destinations

Professional destinations after completing the degree include consultancies, pharmaceutical companies, health services, international organisations, government departments and agencies and NGOs as well as employment in research or further study for a PhD.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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