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Why choose this programme?

This multidisciplinary programme gives you the opportunity to specialize in three highly relevant fields for the national and international health care sector: Health economics, Health management and Economic evaluation.

Specializations

HEPAM offers specializations which will give you first hand knowledge in the following fields:

In addition to the specialization courses the HEPAM offers a broad range of elective courses and seminars.

Research

The research at the Department is highly relevant and is much used in national and international decision-making processes.

Research in health economics focuses on:

  • Economic analyses of health policies
  • Effects of economic incentives
  • Determinants of hospital efficiency
  • Factors behind the demand for health services
  • Labour markets for health personnel

The health management research field focuses on:

  • The organization, management and politics of health care
  • Clinical leadership and management
  • Quality of health care
  • Historical and ethical topics
  • Changes in leadership and organizational culture

Research in economic evaluation involves:

  • Methods to assess the cost-effectiveness of treatments, procedures, diagnostics, screening practices, healthcare delivery routes and technologies.
  • Use of QALYs in the assessment of effectiveness
  • Application of the methods to a range of diseases such as cancer (e.g. breast, colorectal, lung), cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, orphan diseases and rheumatic disease

A semester abroad

A semester in a leading university abroad will broaden your knowledge on the healthcare sector of a European country. The following agreements allow you to access teaching activities and earn credits from graduate programmes at our partner universities.

Career opportunities

Knowledge of health economics, policy and management is in demand all over the world, on local and national levels. Internship and exchange throughout the study programme will further give you opportunities to develop networks in Norway and abroad.

  • More on career opportunities
  • Candidate survey 2014

    Learning outcomes

    By choosing a specialization in Health Management, Health Economics or Economic Evaluation, you will be able to go into depth in a field that specifically interests you. If you rather would like to gain a broader perspective of Health Economics, Policy and Management, you must choose the General programme which will give you the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and competencies from all three fields.

    Upon completing the programme, you should be able to have knowledge, skills and competencies of the specialization/general programme you have chosen:

    Health management

    Knowledge 

    You will gain knowledge of:

    • the management tools and techniques used to design and manage successful organizations
    • core financial accounting and control principles
    • the work of management accounting, incorporating budget preparation and budget appraisal
    • ethical principles and principles of priorities

    Skills

    You will learn how to:

    • analyze and evaluate complex policy and organizational challenges at both the micro level and at higher levels within health care systems
    • differentiate between the functions, roles and responsibilities of healthcare managers
    • make successful negotiations
    • define and apply key quality concepts in health care organizations
    • manage organizational processes, including redesigning organizations
    • effectively and efficiently foster innovation within care settings
    • demonstrate personal and professional ethical responsibility in all managerial and organizational decision making

    General Competence

    You will attain competences:

    • of organizational analysis
    • of communication
    • of medical ethics
    • to meet challenges on a multitude of levels within health care systems

     

    Health economics

    Knowledge

    You will gain knowledge of:

    • the key analytical reasoning and tools of health economics and their normative foundations and ethical implications
    • basic economic theories and models of regulation applied to health care providers as GPs, hospitals and long-term care organizations
    • the health-related behavioral determinants and an overview of some recent policies aimed at improving the populations’ lifestyles

    Skills

    You will learn how to:

    • use economic models to understand behaviors of actors in the health care sector
    • do analyses of needs for health care services
    • make analyses of efficiency and quality of health care organizations
    • find and utilize relevant data sources describing
    • use relevant econometric models for the analysis of the economic agents’ behavior

    General competence:

    You will attain:

    • competence to apply economic concepts and models to the fields of demand for health, demand for health services, demand for health insurance, provision of health insurance and provision of health care.
    • competence to describe, analyze and critically address economic aspects of health care organizations

     

    Economic evaluation

    Knowledge

    You will gain knowledge of:

    • economic theories and models of health programme evaluations
    • basic theories of decision making under uncertainty

    Skills

    You will learn how to:

    • develop decision tree models and Markov models for economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and health technology and evaluate uncertainty in such models
    • develop and perform simple health technology assessment studies

    General competence:

    You will attain:

    • competence in distinguishing different decision-making frameworks, like informed decision making, situated judgment, political decision making
    • experience in different methods to estimate the effects of a treatment or a policy intervention

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