LSE-Chicago Double Executive Master's in Health Policy

  • Graduate taught
  • Department of Health Policy
  • Application code L4HP
  • Starting 2018

This is a double executive programme with the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, designed for professionals working in policy, and the healthcare field.

The large shift in the world’s global resources within the health sector has seen a general increase in the demand for specialised master’s programmes in health policy. This programme responds to this need by preparing students to work as directors, programme managers and health policy advisors in the private sector, government, and more.

This programme will lead to the award of two degrees. LSE modules, which lead to the award of MSc Health Economics and Policy, focus on financing healthcare, cost-effectiveness analysis, pharmaceutical economics, and systematic review and meta-analysis. The University of Chicago modules, which lead to the award of MA in Public Policy (with a certificate in health policy), will focus on microeconomics, statistics, analytical politics, public policy research and strategies and tactics in health policy. The programme includes both a capstone course and a dissertation. These projects are designed to strengthen your professional experience and skills in preparation for the transition from mid-level to leadership positions.

Programme details

Key facts

Start date First module at LSE in November 2018
Application deadline None – rolling admissions
Duration Two years, in a modular format (two 2-3 week full-time rotations each year)
Availability UK/EU: Open
Overseas: Open 
Tuition fee USD $80,000
Financial support This programme is not eligible for LSE's Graduate Support Scheme however students may be eligible for financial support from the University of Chicago that may be applied towards cost of attendance at the University of Chicago.
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant academic subject (including science, medicine, economics, political science, sociology, other social sciences). Significant health related work experience is essential whether in industry, health NGOs in developing countries, global health institutions and organisations or ministries of health
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Standard (see 'assessing your application')
Location  London, UK and Chicago, Illinois, USA

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Programme structure and courses

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.

Summer 2019

Capstone project
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.

Mixed Methods to Public Research*
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.

Summer 2020

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. 


Shortly, you will be able to find the most up-to-date list of courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Contact hours and independent study

At LSE in half unit courses, on average, you can expect 20-30 contact hours in total. This may include sessions such as lectures, classes, seminars or workshops. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide.

At UC Harris for each course you can expect 30 contact hours.

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, thinking and research. 

Teaching methods

Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Some courses may also employ guest teachers and practitioners and visiting members of staff, teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students and in the majority of cases, teach on undergraduate courses only. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each LSE course in the relevant course guide


Courses will be assessed through a variety of methods including papers, presentations, take-home exams and group work.  There will also be a dissertation and capstone course. An indication of the assessments for each LSE course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Academic support

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at both LSE and UC Harris.

LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork. LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.

UCHICAGO GRAD, a one-stop shop of integrated services, is where the university’s graduate students find resources to support their academic, professional and personal priorities. Their services include career development, communication skills and teaching, life and community and fellowships.


We are aiming to provide students with a theoretical understanding of health care policy developments and to generate a critical awareness of the research that has been conducted into selected areas of health policy and health systems globally.  This will help prepare students to work as directors, programme managers and health policy advisors in the private sector (government and public affairs departments), international health organisations, donor agencies, philanthropic organisations and foundations, Ministries of Health and NGOs. 

LSE Careers has links with many leading employers, and offers a range of resources to assist you in your career development.  Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Both UCHICAGO GRAD and Harris School Career Services offer students a wide range of resources to help students build their skills and identify opportunities for career enhancement. Graduates of Harris masters programs work in fields such as government and civic agencies, think tanks, consulting and private firms. More information can be found at UCHICAGO GRAD Career Development and Harris Career Services.

Assessing your application

The two-year executive double master’s programme is tailored to motivated, mid-career professionals who have an interest in health economics, policy and management. Applicants from across the globe are encouraged to apply. 

Applications are made via the LSE application system, but will be jointly considered by a selection committee from both LSE and UC Harris.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

- academic achievement (demonstrated on your transcripts)
- personal statement
- two references (either one academic and one professional, or two professional given the executive nature of the programme)
- CV or resume

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply. 

Minimum entry requirements for LSE-Chicago Executive Double Master's Degree in Health Policy

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any relevant academic subject (science, medicine, economics, political science, sociology, other social sciences). 

Significant health related work experience is essential whether in industry, health NGOs in developing countries, global health institutions and organisations or ministries of health.

Competition for places on the programme is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirements, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

See international entry requirements

Will I need a visa to study on this programme?

For the modules at LSE

Depending on your nationality you may need a visa to attend the LSE modules. If this is required, you will need to obtain a Short-term Student Visa. Depending on the nationality and circumstances of each student, different visa arrangements may apply for the two overseas modules. We will assist you throughout the admissions process and provide information to those of you who may require visas for the overseas modules. We can supply supporting documents for visa applications. Please see the relevant pages below for further information:

General information for prospective students
Information about Short-term Student Visas and visas for Executive Programmes
Contact the LSE visa team 

For the modules at the University of Chicago

Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to attend the Chicago-based modules of this program. If this is required, you will need to obtain the appropriate visa through the University of Chicago's Office of International Affairs.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for this programme cover registration and examination fees, course materials, lectures, classes and individual supervision at both Schools. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

For this programme, there is a pre-registration fee of USD $2000 to secure your place and to gain access to online programme materials (this will be deducted from the overall tuition fee). 

This programme is not eligible for LSE’s Graduate Support Scheme as the programme is designed for students to continue working and earning a salary while they study.  Further details on funding from LSE.

Students enrolled in this programme may be eligible for financial support from UC Harris that may be applied towards cost of attendance at the University of Chicago. Further information on financial support from UC Harris.

Tuition fees for 2018/19 entry for LSE-Chicago Executive Double Master's Degree in Health Policy

UK/EU students: USD$80,000
Overseas students: USD$80,000

The above fee is the total tuition fee for the whole two year programme for students starting in 2018.

Fee status

For this programme, the tuition fee is the same for all students regardless of their fee status.

Further information

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