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Executive MSc Evaluation of Health Care Interventions and Outcomes in collaboration with NICE

  • Executive
  • Department of Health Policy
  • Application code L4HN
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU part-time: Open
  • Overseas part-time: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street London

The Executive MSc Evaluation of Health Care Interventions and Outcomes was developed in collaboration with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), known internationally for its contribution to the quality and efficiency of health care and the scientific rigour of its approach. This approach combined with the academic excellence of LSE’s faculty has led to a unique and truly exceptional programme. 

Skills in evaluating health care interventions and outcomes are increasingly important for active participants of strategic decision-making across the health sector. Combining the interdisciplinary expertise and research excellence of LSE faculty with the flexibility of executive study, this programme delivers a well-rounded intellectual and practical grounding in skills evaluating health care interventions and outcomes.

Addressing a need for qualified experts across the international health care market, the programme is tailored to participants coming from medical professions, pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, health care management, government and non-governmental organisations. The two-year modular degree is particularly relevant for clinicians and allied health care professionals at all levels, hospital administrators, executives in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, and regulatory agencies.

You will learn to develop, assess, and evaluate evidence of the value of products, interventions, services, programmes, and policies, including their cost-effectiveness. You begin by exploring principles and models of evaluation and principles of study design for evaluating health care interventions. You will discover conceptual rationales for economic evaluation and outcomes measures, and critically appraise scientific research. You will explore evaluation methods that will enable you to work with quasi-experimental research designs and carry out randomised evaluation of health care programmes. You will learn statistical methods of evaluation and health technology assessment.

The programme draws on a globally relevant literature and knowledge base. Employing country- and region-specific data sets and case studies will allow you to gain comprehensive appreciation of effective health care interventions across a range of income settings, compare health systems’ performance, and examine policy formulation across geographical, historical, cultural, and political settings.

Programme details

Key facts

Executive MSc Evaluation of Health Care Interventions and Outcomes in collaboration with NICE
Start date On-campus teaching commences Spring 2020. Dates to be confirmed in due course.
Application deadline None – rolling admissions. 
Duration Taught over 24 months in modular blocks
Applications 2017 New programme for 2019
Intake 2017 New programme for 2019
Tuition fee Year one: £13,500 (2019 entry)
Year two: £13,500 (2020, continuing student)
Financial support This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline, with clinical, health policy and economics background and/or work experience in the health policy and economics field
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Standard (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London

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

Programme structure and courses

This is a 24-month modular programme with a set academic pathway. You will attend LSE for four two-week sessions over the two-year period, starting in April 2020.

(* denotes a half unit)

First year

Introduction to Evaluation in Health Care*
The course will serve as a foundation for the curriculum of the proposed programme and will introduce the concepts, methods, and approached covered in greater depth in more advanced courses.

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis*
Focuses on the principles of reviewing and synthesising the existing evidence to evaluate health care interventions.

Economic Evaluation in Health Care*
Provides skills to understand, critically appraise, develop, and interpret cost-effectiveness analyses.

Dissertation in Evaluation of Health Care Interventions and Outcomes*
Your dissertation could be on any topic in the field of health services research and health policy, with the aim to integrate approaches and knowledge learned across your courses.

Second year

Quasi-experimental Evaluation of Health Care Programmes and Policies*
A core course focusing on the principles of quasi-experimental research designs, the objective of the course is to teach students how to design, critically appraise, and conduct quasi-experimental studies evaluating health policies and interventions.

Randomised Evaluation of Health Programmes and Policies*
The course will provide students with the tools and theoretical understanding needed to design and carry out a randomised evaluation of health care programmes. Building upon the use of clinical trials for drugs, randomised evaluations have been increasingly used by researchers and practitioners as a way to evaluate the effects of health policies.

Statistical Methods for Economic Evaluation*
The course develops statistical and modelling techniques necessary to apply economic evaluation in the health care sector.

Principles of Health Technology Assessments*
This course is aimed at introducing key principles of health technology assessment, a multidisciplinary process that summarises information about the medical, social, economic, and ethical issues related to the use of a health technology.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for 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 dates

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods and assessment

This is a modular programme that runs for 24 months. The programme includes a dissertation of up to 5,000 words on a topic of your choice, to be prepared in conjunction with your academic supervisor.  

Courses at LSE are delivered over a minimum of 20 hours contact time. Over the course of the MSc, you will be expected to complete independent study, coursework, and revision outside of classroom engagement. You will have the opportunity to meet with your tutors, and off-campus support, such as online revision sessions, will be provided by the faculty. You can view indicative details of hours, teaching staff, and assessment in the Calendar within each course guide.

Academic support

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal, and professional development. Their services and resources will be available to you online, including: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE, such as effective reading, academic writing, and critical thinking; advice and practice on working in study groups, 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.

Careers

This Executive MSc aims to empower health care professionals to advance their careers by acquiring skills in health services research, health economics, outcomes research and health policy. The programme will prepare you to explore new advisory, management, and leadership roles within the health care field. Beyond your current work setting, you will be able to expand your employment opportunities in related sectors, including the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, government, and non-governmental organisations.

Support for your career

Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

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

  • academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
  • academic statement of purpose
  • two references (two professional references will be considered if you are unable to provide an academic reference)
  • CV

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 Executive MSc Evaluation of Health Care Interventions and Outcomes in collaboration with NICE

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree in any discipline, with a clinical, health policy and economics background and/or work experience in the health policy and economics field.

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

See international entry requirements

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2019/20 for Executive MSc Evaluation of Health Care Interventions and Outcomes in collaboration with NICE

UK/EU students, first year: £13,500 (2019 intake)
Overseas students, first year: £13,500 (2019 intake)
UK/EU students, second year: £13,500 (2020, continuing)
Overseas students, second year: £13,500 (2020, continuing)

Fee status

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

Scholarships and other funding

This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support.

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans

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