Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health MA

The course explores the central ethical, economic and political problems facing health policy in the UK and globally, especially in relation to social justice.

We aim to equip students to play an informed role in debates concerning equity and health. The course covers relevant areas of moral and political theory, economics, and political and historical analysis, to allow students to come to a wide understanding of background issues, history and constraints, in order to be able to make a positive contribution to current debates.

The course will be of interest to those wishing to specialise in this area, with a background in medicine, in social science or philosophy. It will also be of interest to those already working in the health service, whether in a managerial, policy or medical role. The course is available in full-time, part-time and flexible study.

Programme Structure and Core Modules

The programme is composed of courses to a value of 180 units. All students must take:

Optional Modules

Students may choose their remaining 75 credits from the list of suggested modules below, or other relevant modules in UCL, with the approval of the convenor. Available options modules may slightly from year to year, depending on staff availability. Please note that some modules fill up very quickly, so places cannot be guaranteed.

  • Click here for a list of recommended optional modules within CMII/SELCS

Alternatively, students may request modules from other UCL departments, such as:

Suggested Reading

Here are some suggestions for pre-course reading. All of these should be fairly accessible:

  • Jonathan Wolff, Ethics and Public Policy: a Philosophical Inquiry (Routledge, 2012)
  • Nigel Crisp, Turning the world upside down - the search for global health in the 21st century (CRC, 2010)
  • Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End. (Profile Books, 2014)
  • Greg Bognar and Iwao Hirose, The Ethics of Health Care Rationing: An Introduction. (Routledge, 2014)
  • Michael Marmot, Status Syndrome: How Your Social Standing Directly Affects Your Health and Life Expectancy (Bloomsbury, 2004)
  • Stephen Holland, Public health ethics (Polity, 2007)
  • Dan Brock, “Ethical Issues in Cost-effectiveness analysis”
  • Gold, Stevenson and Fryback, “HALYS AND QALYS AND DALYS, OH MY: Similarities and Differences in Summary Measures of Population Health”, (2002)
Applications and Further Information
  • Click here for more information about this programme and to apply

For further details, contact the programme convenor Dr James Wilson, or Prof. Sonu Shamdasani.