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.
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.
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.
If you are offered a place on the course, you will need to pay a deposit of £200 to secure it. This will then be deducted from your course fee.
There is a compulsory two day workshop at the University of York at the start of Module 1 and you will need to meet your transport, accommodation and other related costs for attending.
For each of the three modules, you will be required to sit a closed examination in one of our designated examination centres around the world. You will have to meet all costs of the local examination, including the examination fee and associated courier costs for exam papers and scripts, as well as your own travel and accommodation expenses.
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:
We hold two-day residential workshops for each module. You will be required to attend the first of these workshops for the Basic Economic Concepts module. The other workshops are optional.
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.
The two-day residential workshops that we offer will take place on Campus West at the University of York.
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 a closed examination close to the end of the module's twelve week study period. Examinations take place in designated UK and international examination centres.
This is a Continuing Professional Development course and is designed for those who are already employed.
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.
|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.|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 55 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 169 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. Application dates for 2019/20, together with supplementary information and advice, are available on the Department for Economics and Related Studies website.
Get in touch if you have any questions