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The Department of Health Policy brings together research and teaching that crosses disciplinary boundaries.

Welcome to the Department of Health Policy at LSE

We are devoted to excellence in multidisciplinary teaching, with an emphasis on health policy, health economics and management applied to the health sector. Our mission is to influence and improve how health policy is designed, implemented and evaluated, and help to strengthen health policy governance around the world by applying LSE’s tradition of rigorous social science research to emerging national and global health challenges.

We are facing a massively changing landscape in terms of health policy and economics: many developed countries are spending more than 10% of GDP on healthcare compared to 7% in the 1990s. We have also seen an increase in health expenditure in low-income countries from 1-2% of GDP in the 1980s to 5-7%, funded both by donor agencies and governments. Health is key to the Sustainable Development Goals and almost all countries now have health as a key policy priority.

This landscape is becoming more complex because of ageing populations, growing health inequalities, increases in non-communicable disease, and technological change. There is a global rebalancing of power driven by the rapid rise of emerging economies. Recent global health emergencies, including Ebola and Zika, have generated levels of media and public interest not seen since the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The governance of global health has been a major focus of our academic attention.

Successfully navigating this complex environment depends on a solid grounding in fundamental policy and economic skills, the knowledge and expertise to apprehend global health challenges and develop and implement policy solutions. We combine rigorous education with a forward-looking, interdisciplinary and flexible approach. Many alumni apply their academic training directly, working as policy specialists in governments, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector. Furthermore, the analytical and research skills they develop are highly valued by employers in the media, management consultancy, teaching and development sectors and beyond.

Our world-class faculty bring diverse international perspectives, policy experience and theoretical and methodological approaches to their work. As teachers, they are dedicated to training tomorrow's health policy leaders. As researchers, their policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research has a real and positive impact on the world.

We are committed to ensuring that our students have an outstanding experience both in and outside the classroom. This means providing the best possible support and advice on career and professional development, building life-long links with our alumni, and creating opportunities for interaction with policy-makers from national and international organisations, programmes and agencies.

The Department currently has approximately 300 postgraduate students, selected from a global pool of top applicants: over 80% of our students are international, with over 35 countries represented. This lends a diversity of perspectives to our discussions and means that our students develop an international network during their time here. We also offer a PhD programme to prepare students for careers in academia, government and public policy.

You will find LSE to be a vibrant and exciting place. There is much to enjoy - particularly the university's wide-ranging events calendar with lectures, seminars, and debates, delivered by distinguished experts. In the heart of London, studying at LSE offers immersion in the academic curriculum, but also culture, diversity, and a truly global student experience.

We welcome your interest, and hope you will find your time here stimulating and rewarding.

- Elias Mossialos, Professor of Health Policy
Head, Department of Health Policy