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MSc International Health Policy MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)

About the MSc programmes

These programmes are based in the Department of Social Policy and offer the following benefits:

  • international faculty in many courses, enhancing the programmes' international perspective
  • potential for internships with major international and governmental organisations, companies or academic institutions as part of the overall student assessment
  • contact with research staff in LSE Health and Social Care, including specialists in health economics, public health, social care and European health care reform

These two MSc degrees offer complementary skills. For the Health Policy programme you need a first degree in a relevant academic subject (science, medicine, economics, other social sciences) whereas for the Health Economics programme you need a first degree in economics, mathematics, statistics or any other quantitative subject. For both, the first degree should be at a standard equivalent to a British university upper second class honours. Relevant professional experience would also be advantageous. Please note that upon admission transfer from one degree to the other is not permitted. 

In the MSc International Health Policy, you analyse current and emerging health care problems and the range of health policies being developed to meet them internationally. The programme gives you the opportunity to examine important health policy issues through the application of basic health policy and economic principles. The MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics) allows you to concentrate on options geared to health economics analysis. The wide range of options offered means that for both degrees a mix of policy and quantitative skills can be gained.

Programme details

For both the programmes, you take taught courses to the value of four units consisting of compulsory and optional courses. Many courses are offered as half units thus enabling a wide range of subjects to be covered. In addition, both programmes require you to undertake a compulsory 10,000 word dissertation on a relevant topic which may be written in conjunction with a summer placement with a government department or agency, or international, or private organisations, private companies or academic research institutions. The dissertation makes up the fifth unit of the MSc. 

You study with a highly international and diverse group of students and in a truly international environment.

MSc International Health Policy

Students must take taught courses to the value of four full units as shown below and undertake a 10,000 word Dissertation| which counts as the fifth unit.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Financing Health Care* 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.
  • Measuring Health System Performance* presents a framework to discuss the opportunities and challenges with performance measurement in health care.
  • Dissertation

Two from:

  • Foundations of Health Policy* provides a comparative approach to the development of health and healthcare policies in high, middle and low income countries, emphasising present and future policy options and problems.
  • Health Economics* develops basic economic concepts as they are applied to the health sector, and provides for specialisation in health economics.
  • Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy* introduces the economics of pharmaceutical markets and related policies that affect national and international markets.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from a range of options.

MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)

Students must take courses to the value of four full units as shown below, and undertake a full unit MSc dissertation.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Financing Health Care* 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.
  • Either Health Economics* develops basic economic concepts as they are applied to the health sector, and provides for specialisation in health economics or Advanced Health Economics* covers international comparisons of health care expenditure, health care insurance, contract theory, equity in health care, health behaviour and an introduction to econometric analysis applied to health care data.
  • Dissertation.

At least two from:

Students will be expected to choose their remaining courses from a range of options.

Please note that it is not always possible to offer students a place on each of their preferred courses. This is particularly the case where courses are offered outside the Department of Social Policy. 

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Professional destinations after completing the degree include consultancies, pharmaceutical companies, national health services, international organisations, government departments and agencies and NGOs as well as employment in research or further study for a PhD.

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Application codes: L4UH (L4UJ Health Economics) (check availability|)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2013: 43/230

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in science, medicine, economics or social science. Professional experience is advantageous. For Health Economics, a first degree should be in economics, mathematics, statistics, or any other quantitative subject (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £14,664; overseas £20,952

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions