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PGCert Health Economics for Health Care Professionals (distance learning)

Learn how to apply basic concepts of health economics to your work

Year of entry: 2021 (September)


1-2 years part-time

Start date

September 2021 (term dates)

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 courses in health economics allow you to gain a qualification without interrupting your career, and offer the flexibility to spread study over a period of years to suit your professional and personal circumstances.

The Postgraduate Certificate course is the first of three distance learning courses in health economics that are offered by the University of York, the other two being the Postgraduate Diploma Health Economics for Health Care Professionals and the MSc Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment.

Combined expertise

This course is a collaboration between the Department of Economics and Related Studies and the York Health Economics Consortium.

Course content

This course will provide you with the basic principles and tools of health economics so that you can understand the work place situations you encounter from an economic perspective and apply basic economic concepts in your work.


You'll study three 20 credit modules. 

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify the primary economic and health economic dimensions to projects and problems encountered at work and integrate these with existing qualifications, skills and professional knowledge. 
  • Combine these dimensions with experience and training from existing professional qualifications and/or related knowledge, to provide appropriate economic and health economics advice to project leaders and managers, both economists and non-economists, in the work place.
  • Use appropriate mathematical, graphical and data analysis techniques (both computer-based and non computer-based) to model the economic dimensions to work-based problems.
  • Access and synthesise information from academic and professional research in health economics and health technology assessment, using training provided as part of the programme induction.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021/22

Study modeUK (home) / International and EU
Part-time, distance learning (2 years)
The fee quoted is the total course fee.
Part-time, distance learning (2 years)
Discounted fees are available to applicants funded by public sector organisations and some self-funding applicants in countries classified by the World Bank as having low-income or lower-middle-income economies. The fee quoted is the total course fee.

Additional costs

In 2021-22, this course will be delivered entirely online.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching format

For each module you will receive a workbook containing the basic text for the course, references to additional reading and exercises. For some modules you will also be supplied with a textbook containing core material. Your teaching will be supported using the University's virtual learning environment, Yorkshare. You will have access to:

  • discussion boards monitored by a tutor
  • an assessed work submission facility
  • a private messaging service for contacting your tutor, administrative staff and fellow students
  • automatically marked multiple choice questions for some modules.

Residential workshops

Our usual two-day residential workshops are being reviewed in light of Covid-19, and the course will be delivered entirely online in 2021-22.

Teaching location

As this is a distance learning course, you will be able to complete much of the work you need to do for each module in your own home or place of work.

Assessment and feedback

Each module contains two or three pieces of assessed work. Your tutor marks these and provides feedback on your progress. The modules themselves are assessed by examination close to the end of the module's twelve week study period. In 2021-22, all examinations will be online.

Careers and skills

This is a Continuing Professional Development course and is designed for those who are already employed.

Career opportunities

The learning objectives aim to equip you with the necessary skills in health economics to progress your career within your current organisation and/or to change career direction, targeting jobs which combine health economics with the disciplines in which you are already qualified. 

Transferable skills

  • Integration of new knowledge with existing professional background.
  • Application of appropriate mathematical, graphical and data analysis techniques to apply to a wide range of work-based problems.  

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent
Other qualifications and experience We may also accept experience deemed to be of an equivalent standard. Contact the programme administrators for guidance. You are not required to have experience or qualifications in economics.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 in each component
Duolingo 110, minimum 100 in all other components
PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
TOEFL 87, minimum 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

For more information see our English language requirements.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

We accept applications to the PGCert course during certain periods. For application information and advice, please see the Department website.

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