About HERU

Key Facts about HERU

  • HERU was established at the University of Aberdeen in 1977 and is part of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.

  • Our core funding is received from the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates and the University of Aberdeen.

  • Substantial additional funding also comes from competitive research grants, training activities, commissioned research, and the University of Aberdeen.

  • All activities of HERU are supported by a Unit Advisory Group and a Policy Advisory Group.

  • HERU undertakes substantial programmes of joint research with the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) and Department of Economics in the University of Aberdeen Business School.

  • The aim of HERU is to develop and encourage the application of appropriate economic methods to improve health and health care in Scotland and is pursued through four Research Themes. More specifically, our aim is to:

    • Research economic approaches to health and health care at standards of international excellence.

    • Develop and apply economic techniques to improve health care and population health in Scotland.

    • Make available to the health service a body of expertise in health economics.

    • Build and sustain capacity in the economics of health.

  • Health Economics Research Unit has a Strategic Alliance with Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Two keys aim of HERU are to make available to the health service a body of expertise in health economics, and to build and sustain capacity in the economics of health. One of the mechanisms through which we achieve this is our strategic alliance with Healthcare Improvement Scotland. The objectives of the alliance are to:

    • Formalise closer collaboration between HIS and HERU and improved shared understanding of work programmes and processes.

    • Explore opportunities to undertake joint projects of mutual interest relating to health economics and health technologies assessment.

    • Promote knowledge exchange between Scotland’s key academic health economics research centre, HIS and NHS Scotland to inform developments in care services.

    • Enhance the professional and personal development opportunities for the health economists in both HIS and HERU.

  • HERU contributes to a large portfolio of teaching activities. We currently offer an online MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics for Health Professionals (Distance Learning) and also contribute to teaching health economics modules on a number of courses including the Master of Public Health (MPH), the MSc in Global Health & Management, the BSc in Health Sciences and MA in Economics at the University of Aberdeen and the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE).