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PGDip Health Economics for Health Care Professionals (distance learning)

Deepen your knowledge of health economics

Year of entry: 2021 (September)


1-2 years part-time

Start date

September 2021 (term dates)

This course aims to build on the skills you develop during the PGCert Health Economics for Health Care Professionals.

Mounting pressure on healthcare 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.

Using the knowledge you have gained in our PGCert in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals, you will deepen your knowledge of health economics.

Combined expertise

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

Course content

In this course, you'll complete three modules to the value of 20 credits each. These will be combined with the modules you completed for your PGCert Health Economics for Health Care Professionals to make the 120 credits that you need to obtain the PGDip qualification. The PGDip will help you to develop your understanding and analytical skills in a range of areas which were studied at Postgraduate Certificate level including:

  • application of microeconomics and health economics to the analysis of health care systems
  • the role of experimental and observational study designs in the analysis of health economic data sets
  • a range of advanced methods to apply to the economic evaluation of health technologies


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 more advanced dimensions of health economics as they relate to health technology assessment and health policy, with a view to integrating and applying this knowledge to current or future professional and/or related practice.
  • Combine more advanced knowledge of health economics with existing qualifications, skills and professional or related knowledge, so that future professional practice informs the health economics dimensions to project planning, management and report writing for interdisciplinary teams.
  • Use more advanced mathematical and computer-based techniques to contribute to future work-based projects which require a moderate to substantial health economics input. To communicate the results of these analyses persuasively in writing and in presentations.
  • Conduct advanced information syntheses and literature surveys.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021/22

Study modeUK (home) / International and EU
Part-time, distance learning (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
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 have access to a workbook containing the basic text for the course, references to additional reading and exercises. Some modules will also be supplemented 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

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 workplace.

Assessment and feedback

Each module contains one or two 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. 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
Postgraduate degree PGCert Health Economics for Health Care Professionals with an average of 56% or more in the Health Economics: Concepts and Analysis and Introduction to Health Care Evaluation modules.
Other qualifications and experience Applicants who have not completed the PGCert Health Economics for Health Care Professionals at York are only able to be admitted in exceptional circumstances.
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.

Information on applying for this course is available on the Department's website.

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