Programmes

LSE-Chicago Double Executive Master's in Health Policy

  • Executive
  • Department of Health Policy
  • Application code L4HP
  • Starting 2019
  • UK/EU part-time: Open
  • Overseas part-time: Open
  • Location: Chicago, London

This transatlantic double executive programme is designed and delivered in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. Drawing on LSE’s strengths in health economics and management, and Harris’ public policy thought leadership, the degree programme invites ambitious professionals to learn how to shape the global healthcare landscape through comprehensive training in health policy, economics, and management.

The definitive shift in global healthcare spending has intensified demand for professionals with specialist health sector expertise and the ability to implement extensive policy solutions. With significant challenges in domestic and international health policy, global health and sustainability, health technology innovations, and financing healthcare, the programme seeks to complement your specialist skill set with in-depth policy insights and practical tools of economic analysis.

The partnership between the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy lets you pursue executive study in two global cities with thriving healthcare sectors. Joining a select group of peers from across the healthcare and public sector, the policy arena, hospital management, medical technology ventures and pharmaceuticals, you will build a powerful global network that will extend well beyond classroom assignments.

The curriculum offers health and public policy expertise brought to life by world-class faculty at the heart of policy decision-making and research. During this two-year taught modular degree, you will gain exposure to thought-provoking concepts and responsive solutions to contemporary healthcare issues. You will gain actionable insights in the form of economic and policy analysis skills transferable to senior management settings across the health realm.

Modules are designed to encompass and inform the policy process, from discussing global health perspectives and healthcare financing, to training in microeconomics and mixed methods in public research. You will be expected to deliver a capstone project as well as a dissertation as part of your study. Upon completion, the programme will lead to LSE’s award of MSc in Health Economics and Policy, and the University of Chicago’s award of MA in Public Policy (with a Certificate in Health Policy).

Programme details

Key facts

Start date First module at LSE: November 2019
Application deadline None – rolling admissions
Duration Two-year modular programme with two weeks full-time residence in the autumn (London) and in the spring (Chicago)
Tuition fee USD $84,000
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-week full-time teaching blocks, at both LSE and at Chicago. 

(* 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 one at UC Harris, 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 UC Harris, 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.

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

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. You are expected to complete independent study, coursework and revision outside of class time.

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

Assessment

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. 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; and 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.

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.

Careers

The Double Executive Master’s programme prepares you to take on leadership roles in an international context, accelerating your career as a Consultant, Policy Adviser, Program Manager, or Director across the health sector. LSE and UChicago developed this academic pathway in response to more and more countries spending over 10 per cent of their GDP on health care. With that, comes a growing demand for senior professionals possessing a comprehensive toolkit of economic expertise, actionable insights to the policy process, and advocacy and leadership in the context of health sector. With our comprehensive training, we aim to provide the skills you need to deliver transformative impact globally.

The curriculum will empower you to go on to careers in the private sector, government and public affairs departments, Ministries of Health, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs, foundations, philanthropic organisations, or donor agencies. The high-calibre international cohort of public, private, and not-for-profit executives will extend your network of influencers beyond your two-year programme of study.

LSE maintains links with leading employers both in the EMEA and Americas markets. The School offers a range of resources to assist you in your career development and connect to the global alumni community. Alumni from the Department of Health Policy are pursuing careers in governmental settings, public sector, health care industries, consultancy, and the pharmaceutical sector.

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 Master's programmes work in fields such as government and civic agencies, think-tanks, consulting, and private firms.

Assessing your application

The two-year Double Executive Master’s programme is tailored to motivated, high-achieving mid-career executives with an interest in health policy, health economics, and management. Applicants from across the globe are encouraged to apply. 

Applications are made via the LSE application system, and 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)
  • academic statement of purpose
  • 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.

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.

See international entry requirements

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.

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 fee for this programme covers the two-year academic programme and related fees, namely registration and examination fees, course materials, lectures, classes, and individual supervision at both institutions. The tuition fee does not include travel or accommodation arrangements for the residencies at either university.

For this programme, there is a pre-registration fee of USD $2,000 to secure your place. It will enable you to gain access to online programme materials ahead of your arrival to campus. This sum will be deducted from the overall tuition fee.

Fees and financial support

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 fees, funding, and instalment options and advice for commercial or sponsoring organisations are available via LSE's central division for Fees and Credit Control.

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 2019/20 entry for LSE-Chicago Executive Double Master's Degree in Health Policy

UK/EU students: USD $84,000
Overseas students: USD $84,000

The above fee is the total tuition fee for the whole two-year programme for students entering in 2019.

Fee status

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

Contact us

To express an interest in our programme, you may wish to complete our online consultation form so we can get in touch with you.

For general programme queries, you can contact DEMHP@uchicago.edu or Healthpolicy.Emhep@lse.ac.uk.

For queries relating to the admissions process or application system, please contact: Healthpolicy.Emhep@lse.ac.uk.

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