Health economists analyse resource use, health consequences and how to best use resources to maximise health gains. Until recently, most health economists have focused on healthcare delivery, but the need for health economic competence within public health practice and policy has become apparent.
Admitted to the programme
Here you will find everything you need to know before the programme starts.
Study one or two years
In the first year, students take courses in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, qualitative methods, health systems analysis and social pathways in public health, as well as one course in health economic evaluation methods.
Degree of Master of Science, 60 credits
After this first year, those who wish will be awarded the Degree of Master of Science (60 credits), Main Field of Study: Public Health. During the second year, students take another three courses in health economics and a number of elective courses either at our department or at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, including a thesis course.
Degree of Master of Science, 120 credits
After finishing two years of study, students will be awarded the Degree of Master of Science (120 credits), Main Field of Study: Public Health, Specialization: Health Economics.
Students with different backgrounds
Many of our students have a background in health or medical care. They are medical doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians or dentists. Many others have a background in social or behavioural sciences, such as economists, political scientists, psychologists and trained social workers.
As in public health practice, our programme brings together people with different backgrounds who share a common goal; to improve public health through health economic analysis. A number of scholarships are available for non-European students.
Studying on the programme involves a high degree of independence, an active search for knowledge, problem solving and critical analyses using a scientific approach. The learning methods vary between individual study, group work, seminars and lectures. Course evaluations demonstrate that our students highly value the opportunity to study together with others from different educational and cultural backgrounds.
Enrolment on the programme guarantees a place on each of the programme courses. Some of the courses build on one another and should therefore be taken in a specific order.
This is an international programme with students coming from many countries. All teaching is done in English.
International admission round
Type of studies
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