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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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The MSc is designed to meet the demand for health economics’ quantitative, theoretical and analytical skills for decision-making in the healthcare sector, both in developed and in developing countries. Read more
The MSc is designed to meet the demand for health economics’ quantitative, theoretical and analytical skills for decision-making in the healthcare sector, both in developed and in developing countries.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for anyone with an economics background interested in developing a career as a health economist working for the public and private sectors, as well as international health organisations and NGOs.

Objectives

The aim of this course is to develop your analytical and modeling abilities and enable you to apply microeconomics and econometrics tools to understand the health care sector and the demand for health. This course will provide you with the experience and the skills you need to work as a health economists in private or public of institutions doing health economics.

Placements

Companies and organisations are invited to meet our students and propose subjects for their dissertation to be done during a placement. Organisations and students liaise directly with the approval of the academic supervisor.

Placements can be for instance with: Boehringer-I, Janssen –Cilag, Eli Lilly, Campbell Aliance, Office of Health Economics, Otsuka, Celgene, Curo, IMS Health, and many others.

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

Academic facilities

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 also have invited speakers that come 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.

Assessment

The teaching takes place over two terms, from September to June. Full time: 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: 20 weeks of lectures plus dissertation/literature review and examination periods spread over one year and 3 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 will submit in March of the following year.

Modules

The teaching takes place over two terms from September to June. Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions finish the programme at the end of September when they submit their dissertation or literature review. Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August resit exam session submit their dissertation or literature review in December.

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

We are introducing a revised programme structure for students who join from September 2016. You will take three core modules, then subsequent modules are tailored to your chosen pathway.

Core modules for all students
-Economic Evaluation (15 credits)
-Advanced Economic Evaluation (15 credits)
-Health Economics (15 credits)

Core modules for the dissertation path
-Microeconomic Theory (30 credits)
-Econometrics (30 credits)
-Economics Research Project (60 credits)

Core modules for the literature survey path
-Microeconomic Analysis (30 credits)
-Quantitative Methods Health (30 credits)
-Economics Literature Survey (30 credits)

Elective Modules - on the Dissertation route you will take one elective, on the literature survey route you will take three.
-Health Economics
-Economic Evaluation Workshops (15 credits)
-Welfare Economics (15 credits)
-Epidemiology (15 credits)
-Development Economics (15 credits)
-Economics of Regulation and Competition (15 credits)
-The Economics of Micro-Finance (15 credits)
-Experimental Economics and Game Theory (15 credits)
-History of Economic Thought (15 credits)

Career prospects

This MSc prepares you for career opportunities in economic consultancies, think-tanks, the pharmaceutical industry, professional associations, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations.

It also prepares you for a PhD in health economics, or teaching and research positions in academic institutions.

Examples: 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, as well as PhDs at UCL, York, City University London and Warwick.

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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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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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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 a severe shortage of skills in this area will ensure that graduates of this program are highly employable.

Degree information

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.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

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
-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 selected one optional module from any department in UCL.

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an indepedant 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 course and access to placements is voluntary and based on open competition.

Careers

There is currently a significant shortage of specialists in health economics and decision science. Graduates of the MSc in Health Economics and Decision Science may go on to work within the pharmaceutical industry, local, national government departments, international organizations, think tanks, consultancy or in academia among other opportunities.

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 in 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.

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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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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.

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 MSc Health Economics and Health Policy course:

- brings together professionals from a vast array of work environments, locations and backgrounds offering the benefit of knowledge and experience sharing
- does not ask for an economics first degree
- has a wide variety of module options creating a flexible degree to suit your needs
- offers modules on a block basis (3 or 5 days) making it easier for you and your employers to manage your study leave

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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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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The MSc in Health Economics and Policy provides opportunities to gain a deeper and more critical insight into this area of knowledge. Read more

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.

Modules include:

- Induction Academy

- Health Economics: principles and practice

- Systematic approaches to literature reviews and evidence synthesis

- Data Analysis



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The MSc is designed to meet the demand for health economics’ quantitative and analytical skills for decision-making in the healthcare sector, both in developed and in developing countries. Read more
The MSc is designed to meet the demand for health economics’ quantitative and analytical skills for decision-making in the healthcare sector, both in developed and in developing countries.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for anyone with a quantitative background interested in developing a career as a health economist working for the public or private sector. Typical backgrounds of students comprise medical sciences, economics, pharmacy, biology and other.

This course will enable you to change the direction of your professional career towards health economics.

Objectives

The aim of this course is to develop you’re your analytical and modeling abilities, as well as to provide you with the background and theoretical foundations of health economics. This course will provide you with the experience and the skills you need to work as a health economists in a pharmaceutical company; and in private or public of institutions.

Placements

Companies and organisations are invited to meet students and propose subjects for their dissertation to be done during a placement. Organisations and students liaise directly with the approval of the academic supervisor. Placements can be for instance with Boehringer-I, Janssen –Cilag, Eli Lilly, Campbell Aliance, Office of Health Economics, Otsuka, Celgene, Curo, IMS Health, and many others.

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

Academic facilities

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 also have invited speakers that come 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

Full and part time assessment
The teaching takes place over two terms, from September to June. Full time: 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: 20 weeks of lectures plus dissertation and examination periods spread over one year and 3 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 Thursday and all Friday at City, for 10 or 11 weeks in the Autumn term and the Spring term.

Note: It is not possible to give exact hours per week because these can vary from one term to the other, depending on which electives you choose.

Part one: route core module
-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 career opportunities in economic consultancies, think-tanks, the pharmaceutical industry, professional associations, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations and teaching and research positions in academic institutions.

Examples: 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, as well as PhDs at UCL, York, City, University of London and Warwick.

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About the course

Governments, insurers, health care organisations and the pharmaceutical industry need to analyse the costs and benefits of health-related strategies. Currently there is an international shortage of qualified specialists in this area. This course is ideal preparation for a career as a professional health economist or modeller.

Your 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 24/7 access to library and computing facilities. We provide specialist information and library services in our information resources section.

Course content

Cost-effectiveness Modelling for Health Technology Assessment; Introduction to Health Economics; Economic Evaluation; Health Research Methods; Medical Statistics and Evidence Synthesis; Operational Research Techniques in Health Resource Allocation; Advanced Simulation Methods; Valuing the Benefits of Health Care; Dissertation.

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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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) (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/edu/qualityassurance/hppf_progspec.pdf)
- Intercalating this course (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/intercalating/index.html)

Visit the website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/mshppf.html

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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