This two-year 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.
The programme will be taught over 4 two-week on-campus teaching blocks, one in autumn at the London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom) and one in spring at the University of Chicago (United States) each year. See ‘Teaching dates’ for more information.
(* denotes an LSE half unit)
First year: module one at LSE, autumn 2019
Global Health Policy*
Health policy is no longer purely a government activity, but globalisation and global organisations have impacted on the nature of global health, and the policies created to manage the health needs of the global population. The module will examine the range of actors and involved in the provision and practice of health policy, and their impact at national, regional and global levels. It will analyse a range of case studies of global health events and global health policies and the governance arrangements made by them. In doing so, this module will draw on contributions from international relations, political science, sociology and public health research.
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. It focuses on the health financing functions of collecting revenue, pooling funds and purchasing services, as well as on policy choices concerning coverage, resource allocation and market structure.
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 health care interventions. A broad range of decision making bodies across the health care sector (including health technology assessment bodies, drug and medical device licensing agencies, biopharmaceutical industry, and hospitals) need individuals equipped with the methods of reviewing and synthesising the existing body of evidence by performing systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
First year: module two at UChicago, spring 2020
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.
First year: summer 2020
My Cure: Health Policy 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.
Second year: module three at LSE, autumn 2020
Cost-effectiveness in Health Care*
This course will introduce students to economic evaluation including cost-benefit analysis, cost-utility analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis as applied to the health care sector. The course will discuss notions of welfare economics and extra-welfarism, the identification and measurement of resource costs when markets do not exist (shadow prices), the measurement of health outcomes, methods of discounting, and the basic calculations involved in estimating the cost-effectiveness of new health care technologies. The course will be supplemented by workshops, using Excel based programmes where students will learn how to build a cost-effectiveness model from scratch, detailing the type of data requirements and the choice of modelling frameworks.
Economics of the Pharmaceutical Sector*
The course aims to provide students with a framework of understanding the economics of the pharmaceutical sector, and related policies and practices that affect national and international markets. The course will facilitate consideration of the economic and policy problems encountered in managing pharmaceutical markets, and how to evaluate the impact of alternative policy approaches. It will enable students to analyse pharmaceutical markets from the perspectives of several main actors: governments, third party payers, the pharmaceutical industry, doctors, patients, pharmacists and wholesalers.
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. In particular, the course will examine the key dimension of health care performance, including: health improvement, patient experience and cost of care. This course will explore the types of measurement instruments and analytic tools that are used to measure the performance of the entire health system, but also those used to examine the performance of health care organizations within systems, and examine the implications of these issues for policy makers and regulators.
Second year: module four at UChicago, spring 2021
Analytical Politics: The Policy-Making Process*
Covers the normative foundations of policy making, how strategic interactions give rise to social dilemmas that create room for 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.
Second year: summer 2021
Dissertation in Health Economics and Policy
Led by LSE, the dissertation gives you the opportunity to produce an original piece of research on your chosen topic in the field of health policy and economics. You will receive instruction and training on research and academic writing, and will be supported by your Supervisor who will provide feedback and steer your work throughout your study on the programme. Your dissertation will be part of the final assessments for the programme, but you are encouraged to draft and develop your work throughout your enrolment.
Your work should integrate approaches and knowledge learned across courses, and present results to address a health policy issue or health economics problem, identified through the use of either primary or secondary data. Careful analysis of the policy implications and formulation of policy recommendations is essential. The main body of your dissertation should include the background to the research, method of investigation, results of the analysis, discussion and policy implications and recommendations.
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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