Mounting pressure on health care budgets worldwide has focused attention on how best to organise health care systems and the spending within them. The University of York distance learning programmes in health economics allow students to gain an accredited qualification while continuing in their careers, and offer the flexibility to spread study over a period of years to match professional and personal circumstances.
We offer three programmes of study, with the aim of providing students with the skills and confidence to apply the principles of health economics within the workplace. All applicants must complete the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance, and progression to the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc is dependent on performance. The overall programme structure is available here: Programme structure (PDF , 327kb)
The Postgraduate Certificate programme covers the basic principles and tools of health economics.
The Postgraduate Diploma programme covers these same basic tools and deeper knowledge in specific areas.
The MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) aims to further students' knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced issues in the economic evaluation of health technology assessment through high quality training in relevant theoretical and practical issues.
The programmes are based around learning 'modules'. For the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma, each module has been designed around a workbook written specially by health economists in York. For the MSc the learning materials will be delivered via narrated slides. All modules are supplemented by learning support for distance learners. Each module is assessed at the end of the twelve week module study period: for Modules 1 to 4 this involves an unseen written examination taken at an assessment centre. Modules 5 to 9 are assessed by essays and short pieces of project work.