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About us

Leading research and teaching in health policy worldwide

 

The Department of Health Policy brings together research and teaching that crosses disciplinary boundaries.

The Department of Health policy is devoted to excellence in multidisciplinary teaching across the full range of health economics and health policy, including the areas of health systems analysis, assessment of health policy reforms, global health governance, health services research, health econometrics, microeconomic analysis of health care, the analysis of individual health behaviours, the economics of long-term care, pharmaceutical policy and economics, and comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of individual treatments.

Global leaders in health research

Our research addresses the public health and health care challenges of the 21st century, to advance population health both nationally and internationally. It houses LSE’s four health-related research centres and programmes:

  • LSE Health

  • Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU at LSE)

  • The National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research (SSCR)

  • The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Each of our centres regularly hosts a wide variety of seminars, conferences, and public addresses by leading academics and practitioners.

Excellence in teaching

The Department of Health Policy (formerly part of the Department of Social Policy) has one of the largest global student bodies devoted to the study of health policy and health economics, and is intent on becoming one of the most highly regarded health policy and health economics groups in the UK and Europe. It currently has approximately 300 post-graduate students, selected from a pool of top applicants from across the globe.

With a world-class faculty, many distinguished visitors, and a lively PhD cohort, we have an extremely stimulating environment for research and learning. The Department, as part of the social policy unit of assessment, was ranked as the UK first in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, and regularly returns high teaching scores.