Health Economics is a relatively new but rapidly growing field. As the global population grows, so does our need for more advanced and cost-effective health care. This means that specialists who understand how best to use limited resources are very sought after. By taking a programme in Health Economics you are entering a profession which offers good employment prospects across a range of different sectors (Academia, Pharmaceutical industry, Private consultancy, Government or public sector organisations, and the voluntary sector).
This programme aims to give graduate economists and health professionals an understanding of how economic ideas and principles may be applied to health, public health, and health care. Students develop an understanding of how to apply economic theory and appraise economic evidence to inform health policy and health care decision making through the use of a mixture of lectures, computer practical’s, workshops, individual study and assessed work. Module choice is flexible to reflect student’s prior learning with an opportunity to study relevant modules provided by the Schools of Economics and International Development, The importance of broader research skills is recognised and students develop the skills necessary to progress to PhD research should they wish to.
This programme provides the analytical tools and practical skills on which to start building a career in health economics. To succeed you need to be numerical, methodical and have a good understanding of economic and health care issues.