Master of Science in Health Economics

Heidelberg University
Health economics
Course outline: 

The MscHE program is a modular programme, allowing for full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 years) study. Before commencing the programme applicants should decide which mode of study they want to follow. Both modes of study have the same course components, credit requirements and lead to the same final degree.

The course is structured into four (4) compact teaching modules, followed by a period of individual research work.

The first module - Introduction in Economics, Methods & Theory consists of two (2) introductory self-study courses with an expected learning time of two (2) weeks of full-time study. One of them discusses the ethical foundations necessary for normative economics and provides an introduction to health policy, while the second supplies a review of the basic mathematical methods applied in economics. The inclusion of self-study courses at the beginning of the program clearly communicates to students that in this programme they need to be highly motivated and self-directed if they are to be successful.

The second module comprises several taught courses lasting six (6) weeks. They are designed to help students to achieve a sound overview of health economic theory and methods.

The third module - Health Care systems & statistics - builds on the foundations established in the second module block and introduces students during six (6) weeks to the broader context and the advanced skills required in the practice of health economics. Again followed by one (1) week of exams.

The fourth and final module – Applied Economic Research - focuses during ten (10) weeks on the advanced strategies and skill-building necessary for health-economic research and practice. This module is also completed by one week of exams following the courses.

Type of training: 
Master's degree
Delivery mode: 
Face to face
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