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Distance learning degrees in health economics

Gain a York education, alongside your career, from wherever you are located.

Mounting pressure on budgets worldwide has focused attention on how best to organise healthcare systems and the spending within them. Develop a greater understanding of health economics and gain a qualification while continuing your career.

Why study health economics with York?

Our flexible distance learning programmes are a collaboration between the Department of Economics and Related Studies and the York Health Economics Consortium. We offer two programmes of study, helping to provide you with the skills and confidence to apply the principles of health economics in your career. 

Our PG Diploma programme is based on six 12-week modules with assessments, whilst the MSc programme is based on three 12-week modules and assessments. Both programmes offer flexibility to enable you to work around your professional and personal commitments.

It is also possible to take individual modules (please contact for further information).

Modules and materials are designed and delivered by expert health economists at the University of York, who are leaders in their field of research and published work.

Our programmes


You’ll have access to a wide range of facilities during your programme, including the University Library’s distance learning service.

For our PGDip programme, you'll receive workbooks containing programme materials, individual and group exercises, and suggested further reading. Our MSc modules are delivered through narrated presentations and workbooks with additional material and exercises.

You'll have access to:

  • recorded lectures to supplement workbook materials
  • discussion boards monitored by a module tutor or module leader
  • online tools for submitting assessments and receiving feedback
  • live question and answer sessions
  • an optional residential workshop to meet module tutors, module leaders, fellow students and guest lecturers from the Centre for Health Economics.


These are Continuing Professional Development programmes designed for those who are already employed. Our graduates will be confident in applying new mathematical, graphical and data analysis techniques, using new knowledge to enhance existing systems.

Career opportunities

  • Director within the NHS
  • General manager for a healthcare company
  • Healthcare analyst
  • Health economics and outcomes research manager
  • Consultant physician
  • Medical writer

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