Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals aims to provide you with the same basic tools as the Postgraduate Certificate but then deepens your knowledge in the areas of economic evaluation and the economics of health care systems. 

All applicants to this programme should apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals in the first instance. Candidates passing the Postgraduate Certificate at, or above, a defined level will be able to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma.

What is covered?

The modules are organised in a similar manner to the Postgraduate Certificate programme, that is, each lasts for approximately 12 weeks and comprises five or six individual study 'units'. Modules are weighted at 20 'credits', where one credit equates to approximately 10 hours of study time.

In addition to the three compulsory Postgraduate Certificate modules, students taking the Postgraduate Diploma take three further modules.

Module 4

The Economics of Health Care Systems

Runs September - December each year

Module 4 sample workbook 2018-19 (PDF  , 128kb) 

Authors: Peter West and John Nixon.  Contributions from Matthew Bending, Adriana Castelli, Paul Revill and Padraic Ward.

The module shows how the basic characteristics of the demand for/supply of health and health care influence the operation of different markets for health care, and the effects of proposed reforms in health care systems. Topics include the incentives created by different methods of funding health care; the advantages and disadvantages of different market structures in health care provision; the major features of the health care system in the UK and other countries, and the effects of proposed reforms of health care systems.

Module 5

Statistics for Health Economics

Runs January - March each year

Module 5 sample workbook 2018-19 (PDF  , 3,522kb) 

Authors: Paul Contoyannis and Nigel Rice. Contributions from Maria Garcia-Reyes and Martin Forster.

The module covers the basic statistical methods that are used in health economics, defining practical problems in ways that are amenable to statistical analysis and understanding the potential pitfalls of the methods. Topics covered include probability distributions and random variables, descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing and simple and multiple regression.


Module 6

Further Topics in Economic Evaluation

Runs March - June each year

Module 6 sample workbook 2017-18 (PDF  , 133kb)

Authors: Karl Claxton, Andrea Manca and Mark Sculpher.

The module introduces a range of advanced methodological issues in the field of economic evaluation including the current unresolved issues in economic evaluation and implications for health care decision making; the methodological challenges in conducting economic evaluations alongside clinical trials; application of statistical methods to the analysis of stochastic data in economic evaluations; applying advanced methodological issues in health outcome measurement and valuation and the applications of Bayesian approaches to economic evaluation.


How long does it take?

Conditional upon having completed the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma can be completed in a minimum of one academic year and, normally, a maximum of two years.

Each module is taught once per year. The programme starts in September.