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.
Why Choose Us?
The Health Economics Group (HEG) at University of East Anglia (UEA) has existed since 1995 and is one of a small number of such units in the UK. We consist of 20 members of academic, research and support staff and support 9 PhD students. We are at the forefront of research in health economics (the UEA share of live grants held by members of HEG is close to £14m. The total value of grants awarded to HEG members, including the share going to collaborating partners outside UEA, is considerably larger), and contribute to the development and application of health economics nationally and internationally. This makes us very well placed to train future health economists and to support them to develop successful careers.
Being based within the Norwich Medical School you will study in an environment where you can get a real understanding of the decisions that health economists can help with. If your background is in economics, you can learn from fellow students and other staff about the clinical applications of the techniques you will be studying. If your background is as a health professional or manager, you will benefit from learning alongside economists but in an environment where many staff and students share your background.
Our postgraduate level programmes are suitable for students with an economics background and for those coming from other backgrounds. We offer health economics qualifications at Masters, diploma and certificate levels. Some modules can also be taken as stand alone. We also offer the opportunity to study modules delivered by the School of Economics and the School of International Development at UEA. We encourage all postgraduate students to attend seminars organised by the Health Economics Group where you will hear about the research undertaken by the group.
FULL TIME: Students must gain 120 credits through Taught Modules (80 credits of which will be gained through Core Modules and 40 credits of which will be gained through Optional Modules).
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Last updated August 1, 2016