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MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)

The MSc in International Health Policy programmes have been organised so that students follow one of two 'streams': health policy or health economics. Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Analyse important health policy issues through the application of basic health policy and economic principles.
  • Broaden their understanding of policy issues through courses such as Foundations of Health Policy and Health Systems and Policies.
  • Specialise in economics through courses in Health Economics, Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care, Valuing Health, and Public Economics.
  • Prepare for careers in health administration, health management, government departments or agencies, consultancies, international organisations, the commercial health sector (e.g. pharmaceutical companies, private health insurance industry); as well as employment in research, or further study for a PhD.

Your choice of course options will be made following discussions with your supervisors, but, very broadly, those who have been admitted to pursue the health policy stream might wish to take, for example, Health Economics, Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care and Health Systems and Policies in Developing Countries, and those who have been admitted to pursue the health economics stream might wish to take Valuing Health, Quantitative Analysis I: Description and Inference, Quantitative Analysis II: The Generalised Linear Model, and Statistical Methods in Health Care Economic Evaluation. 

Please refer to the Calendar for programme regulations
Please refer to the Graduate Prospectus entry for the list of compulsory courses and options available to the programme

Please refer to the Department Index of courses for information about course suspension, withdrawal and capping (limited places) as it becomes available.

All taught courses in the Department of Social Policy are 'capped'. This means that there are a fixed number of places available. In the first instance, priority for acceptance onto a course is given to students of the Department. The Department is unable to guarantee that a place will be offered on a course unless it is a compulsory element of a programme of study.

Professor Alistair McGuire

Programme Director

Professor Alistair McGuire
Professor of Health Economics


Ash Butt

Programme Administrator

Aifsha Butt


LSE Health

LSE Health and Social Care
The MSc International Health Policy streams have close links with the work of this world-class research centre