Health Economics PgCert

Health Economics, PgCert

Introduction

This online learning PgCert will familiarise you with the principles and tools used by economists to inform the allocation of scarce health care resources.

Key Facts

Duration
9 Months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September
Learning Mode
Online Learning

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Overview

This topical and engaging PgCert will help you understand what health economics can contribute to decisions on the allocation of scarce resources, the techniques available for use within an economic evaluation, and the input health economics can provide in answering broader questions concerned with the provision and financing of health care. The programme is aimed at professionals working in the health care sector who seek to enhance their knowledge of health economics.

The PgCert in Health Economics runs from October until May each year and is structured into four courses:

  • Introduction to Economics and Health Economics
  • Health Care Systems and Policy
  • Economic Evaluation – Principles and Frameworks
  • Economic Evaluation – Applications and Policy

The programme offers structured learning with flexibility. You have the option of completing all four courses in one year, or over subsequent years. It is a web-based programme ideal for health care professionals and students seeking to be a distance learner. In addition, four short residential seminars are provided, compulsory for UK students and optional for overseas students.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 9 months part time online learning PgCert programme which runs in September.

Degree Structure

Compulsory Courses

Economic Evaluation - Principles and Frameworks (PU5401)

This module covers issues involved in identifying, measuring and valuing costs and benefits. Consideration will be given to the importance of health outcomes, non-health outcomes and process attributes when valuing the benefits of health care interventions. The student will be introduced to Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) and the use of standard gamble and time-trade off to estimate quality weights within the QALY framework. Consideration will be given here to the creation and use of generic QALY measures such as EuroQol; as well as specific QALY measures.

Economic Evaluation - Applications and Policy (PU5501)

This course is taken by students enrolled on the Post Graduate Certificate in Health Economics. It is concerned with practical issues in the design and conduct of economic evaluation. It covers the principles of the two most common approaches to economic evaluation – using individual patient data collected alongside randomised controlled trials, and using decision models to synthesis data from a number of secondary sources. The module highlights the strengths and limitations of each approach, and emphasises their complimentary nature.

Health Care Systems and Policy (distance Learning) (PU5533)

This course examines different types of health care systems. Building on material from PU5008 it covers issues relevant to many health care systems: the application of supply and demand theory; the complex relationships between the transactors in health care; the patient as consumer; user charges; doctors and hospitals as suppliers of health care; incentives; reimbursement; competition and performance management.

Introduction to Economics and Health Economics (PU5008)

Health Economics is concerned with the optimal use of scarce health care resources. The PgCert in Health Economics introduces economic techniques for determining the optimal allocation of resources and economic arguments for ways of financing and providing health care. This course provides an introduction to economic concepts underpinning the topics covered in the remainder of the programme. It provides students with an introduction to how health care differs from other commodities and the implications for the organisation and delivery of health care. Students will study the concepts of scarcity, opportunity cost, demand and supply and their relevance to health care.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

MyAberdeen, the university virtual learning environment, is used to deliver the programme. In addition, for each course students from the UK are required to attend a seminar in Edinburgh (the cost of this is included in the fee). All seminars are two day events and take place in October (6-7th), December (8-9th), March (2-3rd) and May (4-5th). Students from outside the UK do not have to attend these seminars, but arrangements can be made if they wish to at an extra cost.

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research
  • Individual Projects

Assessment

Each course has assessment methods relevant to the specific type of material being studied. These include multiple choice questions, short answers, short essays and long essays. A single assignment is required for each module and all must be completed successfully for a PgCert to be awarded.

Why Study Health Economics?

  • You will be studying in one of the leading centres for health economics in Europe.
  • The courses have been developed by senior staff in our Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) with extensive experience in research and teaching, reflecting their personal expertise in areas of methodological development and applied health economics research.
  • You will have access to programme material, course tutors and peers through the university virtual learning environment and to the full text of over 85,000 online books via the ebrary, plus articles from over 20,000 electronic journals.
  • You will learn how to apply economic concepts to better understand and analyse the health care sector and health behaviour.
  • The programme will develop your understanding of the application of economic tools (such as the QALY, willingness to pay and discrete choice experiments) in the economic evaluation of health care.
  • You will learn how economic evaluation are constructed alongside trials or conducted as a modelling exercise and used to inform policy makers’ decisions.
  • The Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) at the University has been at the cutting edge of economic research into health for almost forty years.
  • HERU’s director, Professor Mandy Ryan, is the top ranked health economist is the UK, and is placed 21st on the list of the top 100 health economists in the world.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

For international students entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study.

Fees and Funding Table for HOME, EU, RUK and International Students
Nationality Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students
Students based overseas, regardless of whether they are classed as Overseas or EU/Home for fees purposes - Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (each 15 credit points) (charged on a modular basis)
Modular fee programmes - Private and Public Sector £705
Home / EU / RUK Students
Students based in the UK, regardless of whether they are classed as Overseas or EU/Home for fees purposes - Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (each 15 credit points) (charged on a modular basis)
Modular fee programmes - Public Sector £1,020
Home / EU / RUK Students
Students based in the UK, regardless of whether they are classed as Overseas or EU/Home for fees purposes - Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (each 15 credit points) (charged on a modular basis)
Modular fee programmes - Private Sector £1,410
International Students
Students based overseas, regardless of whether they are classed as Overseas or EU/Home for fees purposes - Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (each 15 credit points) (charged on a modular basis)
Modular fee programmes - Private and Public Sector £705
International Students
Students based in the UK, regardless of whether they are classed as Overseas or EU/Home for fees purposes - Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (each 15 credit points) (charged on a modular basis)
Modular fee programmes - Public Sector £1,020
International Students
Students based in the UK, regardless of whether they are classed as Overseas or EU/Home for fees purposes - Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (each 15 credit points) (charged on a modular basis)
Modular fee programmes - Private Sector £1,410
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trip courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.

(Please note this cannot be claimed in conjunction with any other scholarship award.)

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Leading Health Economics Research for 40 Years

The Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) at the University of Aberdeen has been at the cutting edge of economic research into health for almost forty years.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

A degree or equivalent qualification and/or experience deemed suitable by the programme director.

Please check the In My Country pages to find out if your degree is equivalent.

Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Life Sciences and Medicine Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Facilities

You will access the learning materials and resources of the programme via the University's virtual learning environment called MyAberdeen. Our IT services support a variety of web and computer based resources which allows you to manage and review coursework at your own pace. Moreover, at the University's award winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, you will have access to the full texts of numerous online books via the ebary plus articles from a wide range of electronic journals.

Careers

Economic analysis is regularly drawn upon by policy makers and regulators in the health care sector, by professionals in the pharmaceutical industry and by clinicians and managers involved in the organisation, purchasing and provision of health care.

However, given the shortage of health economists in Scotland, the UK and internationally, and as a result health economics knowledge and skills, it is increasingly important for non-economists to have a clearer understanding of how they can effectively apply and interpret economic concepts and utilise tools in their own organisation.

Industry Links

HERU has strong links with health policy makers across the UK including the Evidence Directorate of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Analytical Services Division (ASD) of the Scottish Government, NHS Education Scotland and NHS Health Scotland.

Our Experts

Other Experts
Professor Paul McNamee
Mr Graham Stewart Scotland
Mr Chris Spoor
Ms Aileen Neilson
Programme Coordinator
Dr Shelley Farrar

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Contact

Address
College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School
University of Aberdeen
Polwarth Building
Foresterhill
Aberdeen

AB25 2ZD
Email
Phone
+44 (0)1224 437096
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