MSc (Health Economics)

National University of Ireland, Galway
Health economics
Course outline: 

The aim of the programme is to:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge and applied competence in the fundamentals of health economics, including health technology assessment;
  • Develop an ability to critically appraise alternative systems of healthcare finance and delivery in terms of equity and efficiency;
  • Expose the student to policy debates regarding access to healthcare, and how it is affected by new and expensive technologies.

Course outline:

The course consists of taught modules, an internship and a minor dissertation. Compulsory modules include Economics of Health and Social Care, Economic Evaluation in Healthcare, Health Systems and Policy Analysis, Econometrics, and Applied Health Technology Assessment and Decision Making. Students can also specialise by choosing options from modules such as Market Access, Systematic Reviews, Cost Benefit Analysis, and Applied Health Econometrics.

Students spend up to three months on placement with an appropriate organisation, which may be a pharmaceutical or medical device company, a public agency, a research centre or an international organisation. The internship allows the student to apply the theories and techniques learned in the taught modules.

Who's Suited to This Course:

The course will suit recent graduates in Commerce, Business, Social Sciences and Arts who have studied economics to intermediate level and who are interested in pursuing a career in health economics. The course will also suit people who are working in the pharmaceutical industry or in the health care system who want to advance their career by gaining a thorough understanding of the theories and methods of health economics.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Conduct basic and advanced statistical tests on economic and health related data
  2. Design and carry out econometric testing of relationships between health variables and underlying factors
  3. Conduct a systematic search and review of cost effectiveness studies in a particular disease area
  4. Design and estimate a hypothetical cost effectiveness study using Treeage and Excel
  5. Learn the basic theories in health economics
  6. Understand the critical issues in health care systems and policy analysis.
Type of training: 
Master's degree
Delivery mode: 
Face to face
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