University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Health Economics


1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Health Economics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MS and PhD in Health Economics are a collaborative programs among faculty in the Department of Economics (ECON), housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy (HSMP), housed in the Colorado School of Public Health. The ECON coursework grounds students in rigorous economic theory and modern statistical methods, whereas the HSMP coursework connects students to institutional details of the health care sector, study design, quantitative methods, cost-effectiveness analysis, and grant writing.

The faculty in both the Department of Economics and the Colorado School of Public Health are actively engaged in health economic research.  Faculty on both campuses routinely collaborate with graduate students on cutting-edge research projects and external grants. This hands-on research experience builds a student’s quantitative interdisciplinary skill set as well as their soft skills such as teamwork, oral/written communication, and problem solving.


  • Extensive training in mathematical and applied econometric analysis
  • Faculty actively engaged in modern health economic research
  • Opportunities to collaborate on cutting-edge research and external grants
  • Build an interdisciplinary skill set that integrates creative knowledge with technical expertise
  • The MS program can be used as a bridge to a PhD program
  • Both Full-time and part-time degree paths

Program Duration

The MS in Health Economic can be completed in as few as three semesters by students who begin the program in the fall, although students who are working full time typically take four or five semesters to complete the program.  All of our MS core courses, and most electives, are offered at 5:00 p.m. or later on either a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule.

Full-time students can complete to PhD in Health Economic in 4 years, but 5 years to complete the degree is common. Working students may enroll part time and must register for a minimum of 5 semester hours each fall and spring semester.


For the MS program the application deadline is June 1 for a fall admission and November 1 for a spring admission. For the PhD program, students are encouraged to apply by February 1 for full consideration of financial aid. The application deadline is June 1.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for regular admission a student must:

Meet all general requirements of the Graduate School (including a 2.50 undergraduate grade-point average). Submit three letters of recommendation. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. Have completed 15 credit hours of undergraduate economics including intermediate microeconomic theory and intermediate macroeconomic theory. Have completed courses in calculus and statistics. Submit GRE scores. International students must submit TOEFL scores.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also submit TOEFL scores.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30 for the MS degree. 46 didactic credits and 30+ doctoral dissertation credits for the PhD degree.

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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