On 30 April, LSE formally marked the launch of the Department of Health Policy with an all-day event in the Old Theatre. The event attracted an impressive array of speakers, including the 2018 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Denis Mukwege.
Chaired by the Head of Department, Professor Elias Mossialos, the day’s agenda included:
- A welcome address from Professor Mossialos, celebrating the Department’s achievements and pointing the way for to its future.
- A short film in which some of the Department’s students tell their stories.
- Keynote speeches from Dr Denis Mukwege (Winner, Nobel Peace Prize 2018) and Professor Christopher Pissarides (Winner, Nobel Prize for Economics 2010).
- Interactive panel discussions chaired by leading experts and LSE faculty, on measuring performance in health systems, global health, improving access to services and medicines worldwide, and bridging the divide between health and social care.
- A round table discussion led by LSE Director Dame Minouche Shafik with a group of high-profile guests from government and international institutions, including England’s Chief Medical Officer, the Chair of Health Education England and the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.
- The day closed with a networking reception and a presentation of posters outlining research from the Department’s PhD students, with entries judged by Professor Dame Sally Davies.
The Department, which officially opened its doors in 2017, builds on a long tradition of studying health policy and economics at LSE. Now fully established, it has one of the largest bodies of postgraduate students in health policy and economics worldwide. It hosts a major research centre in LSE Health, is home to the Personal Social Services Research Unit and is a founder member of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.
The Department has a number of thriving education, research and policy partnerships with the University of Chicago, NICE, the European Society of Cardiology, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, WHO, the European Commission, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.