Postgraduate study


PhD courses

There are opportunities to study for a PhD based in the Centre for Health Economics. Being located in the Centre will provide you with the opportunity to interact with staff and students working in your area of research interest. The Centre’s research is organised within the following themes and we are interested in supervising PhD students in these areas:

PhD students are located in CHE but registered within a teaching department, usually the Department of Economics and Related Studies or Department of Health Sciences. It is important that you consult the relevant departments regulations and entry requirements. You may want to visit the Graduate Schools Office website for further information before applying.

Those interested in studying at CHE should send a CV together with a detailed research proposal to the appropriate contact listed above. Confirmation of available funding is also required. Please consult the webpages describing the research themes to ensure your proposal aligns with the interests of the Centre.


MSc in health economics

The MSc in Health Economics has been running since 1978 and the course has been completed by over 750 British and overseas students. It provides a comprehensive training in the theory and practice of Health Economics and gives students the experience and skills needed for research and health service decision-making. Graduates work in government departments, research units, universities, national health services and health care organisations, and the pharmaceutical industry.

For more information, visit the Department of Economics and Related Studies.

Distance learning

PG certificate and PG diploma in health economics for health care professionals and MSc in economic evaluation for health technology assessment

The York distance learning programmes in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals offer students the opportunity to study for University-accredited qualifications at the postgraduate level. The programmes are designed to allow students to study whilst continuing in their careers, and offer the flexibility to spread study over a period of years to match professional and personal circumstances.

For more information, visit the Distance Learning Programmes in Health Economics site

CHE Research Fellowships

The Alan Williams Fellowships scheme was first launched in 2006 as a tribute to Professor Alan Williams and to enable health economists from anywhere in the world to spend time at the Centre for Health Economics in York, UK. This has recently been replaced by the CHE Research Fellowships.

Researchers wishing to visit CHE are invited to apply and the fellowship award is intended as a contribution towards living and travel expenses associated with the visit. 

In 2017, Claire de Oliveira from the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Toronto, Canada was awarded a Fellowship and will visit CHE in 2017. Her research project will be 'Equity in the utilization of psychiatric inpatient care among patients with severe mental illness (SMI) in Ontario, Canada'

Past fellows:

  • John Tayu Lee, 2016/2017
  • Rohan Sweeney, February-May 2016
    • Publication resulting from the fellowship: Sweeney R, Suhrcke M, Jeon YJ, Mortimer D. The impact of SWAps on health aid displacement of domestic health expenditure. The Journal of Development Studies 2017;doi:10.1080/00220388.2017.1303670. Download from T & F online
  • Hossein Afzali, April-June 2015
  • Francesca Zantomio, November 2014-January 2015
    • Publication resulting from the fellowship:Jones AM, Rice N, Zantomio F. What happens to employment after an acute health shock? Understanding Society:Insights 2016;p12-13. Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex, 2016. Download from Insights
  • Mikael Svensson, April-June 2014 
  • Peter Sivey, April-June 2014 
    • Publication resulting from the fellowship: Sivey P. Should I stay or should I go? Hospital emergency department waiting times and demand. Health Economics 2017;doi:10.1002/hec.3610. Download from Wiley
  • Line Kongstad, November 2012-February 2013
  • Cinzia di Novi, November 2011-April 2012
    • Publication resulting from the fellowship: Carrieri V, Di Novi C, Jacobs R, Robone S. Well-being and psychological consequences of temporary contracts: the case of younger Italian employees. Centre for Health Economics, University of York; CHE Research Paper 79 (PDF  , 342kb)‌2012.
  • Rena Conti, May-June 2009
  • Anirban Basu, April-June 2008
    • Publication resulting from the fellowship:  Basu A. Economics of individualization in comparative effectiveness research and a basis for a patient-centered health care. Journal of Health Economics 2011;30(3):549-559. Download from Elsevier.
  • Ismo Linnosmaa, Feb-July 2008
  • Matteo Galizzi, 2007 & 2008
  • Giuliana de Luca, August-December 2007
  • Aleksandra Torbica, June-September 2007
    • Publication resulting from the fellowship: Torbica A, Fattore G. Understanding the impact of economic evidence on clinical decision making: a discrete choice experiment in cardiology. Social Science & Medicine 2010;70(10):1536-43. Download from Elsevier
  • Victor Zarate, January-April 2007
    • Publication resulting from the fellowship: Zarate V, Kind P, Chuang L.H. Hispanic Valuation of the EQ-5D Health States: A Social Value Set for Latin Americans. Value in Health 2008;11(7):1170-1177.  Download from Wiley.

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Short courses

We also offer a selection of health economics short courses and workshops