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.
The Department of Economics and Related Studies ranks jointly in the top 10 for impact and is joint 14th for research in the UK - according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021).
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.
Our health economics distance learning modules run on varying semester dates:
Basic Economic Concepts
Health Economics: Concepts and Analysis
Introduction to Health Care Evaluation
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.
The programme will include a (highly recommended) two-day residential workshop held at the University of York in September for PG Certificate students only, followed by a second (voluntary) two-day residential workshop in March. Attendees will need to arrange and meet their own transport, accommodation and any other related costs for either of these events.
Your teaching will be supported using the University's virtual learning environment. For each module being studied, you will have access to the following:
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 programme will provide the opportunity to attend 2 'two-day' residential workshops held at the University of York (September and March). Although attendance is not compulsory, it is highly recommended that you attend the first workshop in September as it offers introductory lectures and seminars, as well as training in the use of our web-based learning environment and information systems. It will also give you the opportunity to meet some of our staff and fellow students.
Each module contains two or three pieces of assessed work. This will be marked to provide 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 and pieces of assessed work will be online.
This is a Continuing Professional Development course and is designed for those who are already employed.
|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|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS (Academic and Indicator)||6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component|
|Cambridge CEFR||B2 First: 176, with 169 in each component|
|Duolingo||120, minimum 105 in all other components|
|LanguageCert SELT||B2 with 33/50 in each component|
|LanguageCert Academic||70 with a minimum of 65 in each component|
|KITE||459-494, with 426-458 in all other components|
|Skills for English||B2: Merit overall, with Pass with Merit in each component|
|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.
Get in touch if you have any questions