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LSE partners with University of Chicago to create global health programme

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LSE and the University of Chicago have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to create the world’s first transatlantic partnership in global health policy and economics.

The collaboration between LSE and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is expected to involve the development of a two-year Executive double Master’s programme tailored for high-flying, mid-career health professionals on both sides of the Atlantic.

Anticipated to launch in 2018, it will bring together LSE’s focus on health economics and policy with Chicago Harris’s expertise in global health and public policy, according to LSE Health Director Professor Elias Mossialos.

“This partnership will maximise the potential of two of the world’s best universities,” Professor Mossialos said. “Chicago Harris is one of the top public policy schools today and LSE Health is the world’s leading centre in European health policy.”

“By combining our strengths, Harris and LSE will be uniquely positioned to impact this important field, training the next generation of policy leaders to tackle global health challenges,” says Daniel Diermeier, dean of Chicago Harris.

The double Masters programme will be taught 50:50 between Chicago and London in compressed, executive-style teaching modules. Students, who will study for two degrees simultaneously, will be exposed to international debates on global healthcare systems in OECD, low and middle income countries.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to build on the University of Chicago’s strengths in health policy and health outcomes,” says David Meltzer, Professor at Chicago Harris and the Department of Medicine, and Chief of Section of Hospital Medicine at University of Chicago Medicine. “We’re excited that Chicago Harris and LSE have partnered on this initiative and very much look forward to working together to train the future policy leaders in this field.”

The two universities will also seek to establish a joint research fund to encourage collaborative research in global health and related policy areas.

 “This unique collaboration will further enhance LSE’s international reputation and support the upcoming launch of LSE’s Global Health initiative in autumn 2016,” says the School’s Pro-Director for Research, Professor Julia Black.

"While diseases recognise no borders and health systems around the world face similar policy challenges, most health policy education curricula are still forging local field leaders,” says Joseph Antoun, co-director of the Chicago Harris’s Center for Health Policy, along with David Meltzer. 

“The University of Chicago is pleased to work alongside LSE in leading a first-in-kind Global Master's in Health Policy aimed at developing policy leaders that are most equipped to face and mitigate global healthcare challenges. This fits our mission at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies of improving health policy, among other public policy challenges, around the world."


Notes for Editors

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and is one of the most international universities in the world. Its study of social, economic and political problems focuses on the different perspectives and experiences of most countries. From its foundation LSE has aimed to be a laboratory of the social sciences, a place where ideas are developed, analysed, evaluated and disseminated around the globe.

This will be the third Executive Master’s, but the first Executive double Masters, co-ordinated by LSE Health which is situated within LSE's Department of Social Policy.  Existing executive courses include the Executive MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management, and the Executive MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences offered in collaboration with the European Society of Cardiology.

LSE Media Contact:

Candy Gibson, Senior Press Officer, c.gibson@lse.ac.uk or +44 207 955 7440.

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy pioneers the use of data-driven analysis to tackle the most challenging social, educational and economic issues facing global leaders. Our faculty and students routinely break ground with their research to advance innovation in energy, health care, public safety, education, and economic development. Chicago Harris helps global leaders combine insight, analysis and creativity for the greater good.

Chicago Harris Media Contact:

David Meltzer, MD, PhD
Professor at Chicago Harris and the Department of Medicine, Co-Director of the Center for Health Policy, and Chief of Section of Hospital Medicine at University of Chicago Medicine


6 June 2016