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The major aim of the Master of Science in Health Economics (MScHE) program is to provide first-class training in theoretical foundations and practical applications of health economic methods needed for decision-making, policy-making and development and research in health and health care, within the context of the ethical principles of society. More specifically, the foundation for specialization in health economics is provided through coursework in the core areas of health economics, specifically microeconomics, econometrics, and economic evaluation of health and health care programs.
In order to ensure the students have the experience and skills necessary to successfully participate in public health and health services decision-making there is an in-depth training in health systems and in economic principles that guide the organizations and functions in the health care system. Moreover, students are provided with current tools to participate in the frontier of health economic research and practice.
Aims and Main Learning Objectives
The learning goals for students in the MScHE program include extensive training in modern theories and techniques in economics of health and health care used by professional health economists and active researchers in the field and their important contemporary contributions in international scholarly journals.
Students gain an understanding of the key analytical arguments in health economics and their normative foundations and ethical implications. Further, they acquire extensive knowledge of the nature and sources of socio-economic data, current challenges and major areas of research, and the role of observation, abstraction, and model construction to facilitate empirical evaluation. Moreover, students have the unique possibility to extent their existing basic knowledge in standard operating systems like Windows and get a deep inside into special statistical and modelling software like STATA and TreeAge.
Interdisciplinary/Transdisciplinary qualification objectives
Graduates of the MSc in Health Economics have the ability to:
- Seek, process and critically analyse information from different (health) economic sources in order to develop innovative and creative solutions to research problems
- Write research proposals and review articles that demonstrate independent thinking
- Communicate questions and findings with others in their field as well as in an interdisciplinary setting using a variety of media
- Select the relevant practical tools to answer research questions and work with these tools in a collaborative setting
- Design and manage projects
- Work in an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary team, actively participating in discussions
- Provide, accept and consider constructive criticism and motivate their peers
Graduates have also gained awareness towards relevant international health issues and have developed an overview of the key players involved in the national and global field of health economics.
The career outlook for health economists is very promising. This is underpinned by the diverse range and increasing opportunities of the application of health economics and the current demand of trained professionals (American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2009; BMJ, 2007).
Graduating from the masters programme in Health Economics will give students job opportunities abroad and in international organizations, hospitals, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical technology and their associations, as well as ministries, government agencies and academic institutions.
The mission of the MScHE program is to provide first-class training in the theoretical foundations and practical applications of health economic methods for decision-making and policy development in health and health care.
The program is structured into four compact teaching blocks, followed by a period of individual research work.