This programme is designed for working professionals and is set up in a modular format. This means that you don't need to take a break from your career in order to study, and you can live and work anywhere in the world while participating in the programme. In each year, you will spend two 2-3-week full-time teaching blocks, at both LSE and at Chicago.
View 2018-2020 programme calendar with module dates (PDF)
(* denotes an LSE half unit)
Module one: at LSE, November/December 2018
Global Health Policy*
Will teach students to critically examine global health policy and normative shifts in understanding global health which impact upon it.
Paying for Health Care*
This course aims to introduce students to a comparative approach to analysing the development of health care financing, both in theory and in practice, with an emphasis on critical assessment of current and future policy options and issues.
Evidence Review and Synthesis*
Evidence review and synthesis methods (such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses) are increasingly used to evaluate the relative benefits and harms of healthcare interventions.
Module two: at UC Harris, April/May 2019
Microeconomics for Health Policy I*
The first of a two-part sequence in microeconomic theory, this course covers the theory of consumer choice, the theory of the firm and the concept of equilibrium.
Statistics for Health Policy*
This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of statistical analysis for policy research and leadership. This course makes no assumptions about prior knowledge, apart from basic mathematics skills. Examples will draw on current events and global health debates when possible.
Leadership, Negotiation and Advocacy in Health Policy: Strategies and Tactics*
Discusses two major 'soft skills' that are critical to drive successful health policy engagement and reform: Leadership and Negotiation.
Led by the University of Chicago, this is an intensive experiential learning initiative in which teams of students work under faculty supervision to apply their rigorous programme education to resolve actual health policy challenges.
Module three: at LSE, November/December 2019
Cost-effectiveness in Health Care*
This course will introduce students to the basic notions of economic evaluation including cost-benefit analysis, cost-utility analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis as applied to the health care sector.
Economics of the Pharmaceutical Sector*
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the economics of pharmaceutical sector and related policies and practices that affect national and international markets. The course will provide students with an understanding of basic features of pharmaceutical markets, how pharmaceutical markets work and how competition manifests itself in different parts of pharmaceutical markets.
Measuring the Performance of Health Services and Systems*
Health systems are increasing introducing more systematic ways to assess the performance of health services and health care organizations. This course aims to consider the new opportunities and challenges associated with the measuring the performance of these entities, and using them to improve performance itself.
Module four: at UC Harris, April/May 2020
Analytical Politics: The Policy-Making Process*
Covers the normative foundations of policy making, how strategic interactions give rise to social dilemmas that create room fo public policy to improve social welfare, and how technological, political and institutional factors constrain policymakers and sometimes prevent good policies from being enacted.
Microeconomics for Health Policy II*
Explores why markets and policies might fail to be efficient and what polices and markets may be used to correct these inefficiencies.
Health Policy Research Methods*
Introduces students to a diverse range of mixed methods approaches to policy research and will provide them with a foundation in multiple disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches.
Dissertation in Health Economics and Policy
The dissertation could be on any topic in the field of health policy and economics. It should attempt to integrate approaches and knowledge learned across courses and present results to address a health policy, economic issue or a problem identified through the use of either primary or secondary data.
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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