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Health Economics

Health economics is the application of economic theory, models and empirical techniques to the analysis of decision making by people, health care providers and governments with respect to health and health care. 

It is solidly based in economic theory but it also comprises a body of theory developed specifically to understand the behaviour of patients, doctors and hospitals, and analytical techniques developed to facilitate resource allocation decisions in health care.

Researchers across UCL conduct a wide range of health economics research, and have particular expertise in:

  • economic evaluations within clinical trials
  • economic evaluation using decision analytic modelling and discrete event simulation
  • econometric methods for health research
  • policy design and evaluation
  • health insurance and health care financing
  • resource allocation
  • early childhood interventions
  • measurement of health and health care inequalities.

Research is undertaken across a range of disease areas and in the UK and globally.

Examples of Health Economics research and collaborations at UCL

Education and events

Study Health Economics at UCL

  • Masters in Health Economics and Decision Science - starting September 2017
  • New module in 2016/17 in the MSc Statistics on "Bayesian methods in health economics" (STAT3021/M021/G021)
  • Module in BSc Population Health on Health Economics
  • Applications will soon be opening for UCL’s new MSc in Health Economics and Decision Science, starting in September 2017. This Masters degree spans the disciplines of economics, statistics and epidemiology, training students in applied issues, while providing the theoretical foundations expected of an outstanding UCL postgraduate degree. Students can select between decision science and an economics stream, with materials relevant for both higher income countries, and global health. Students will be required to take 8 modules and to complete a substantive piece of research as a dissertation or project. Strong links to industry and a severe shortage of skills in this area will ensure that graduates of this programme are highly employable.”

Events

Short Courses

Research

Research Groups and Networks

Example of Collaborative Research Projects 

Selection of Papers and Journal Articles 

This is not an exhaustive list so please contact Helen Hopkins if you are a health economist involved in cross-disciplinary working that you think should be included.

Below is a list of researchers who are currently working in the field of health economics research at UCL. Click on their names to find their contact details and more information about their work. To appear on this list, add the Health Economics Research Group to your IRIS profile.  

Researchers

Health Economics
" "Health economics is solidly based in economic theory but it also comprises a body of theory developed specifically to understand the behaviour of patients, doctors and hospitals, and analytical techniques developed to facilitate resource allocation decisions in health care."