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Health Economics for Health Professionals PgCert

Health Economics for Health Professionals PgCert

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9 months

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Postgraduate Certificate

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Health Economics Health Studies

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Course Summary

Health economics applies economic thinking to the analysis of health and health care.

Get to know the core issues in health economics and their relevance to working health professionals. Study the tools you need to analyse and address the limited resources faced by the health sector. Learn to face the challenges of resource allocation as you build your health research skills.

Study with a team of practising health economists who are actively involved in policy-shaping research at our Health Economics Research Unit (HERU). It’s one of the leading centres of health economics in Europe. HERU is a Queen’s Anniversary Prize winner for its sustained excellence in health economics research over the last 40 years.

This degree is ideal for health professionals looking to improve their understanding of health economics and research methods. Part-time and 100% online, you can manage flexible study hours to suit you.

Economic analysis is regularly drawn upon by policymakers and regulators in the health care sector, by professionals in the pharmaceutical industry and by clinicians and managers involved in the organisation, purchasing and provision of health care.

However, given the shortage of health economists in Scotland, the UK and internationally, and, therefore, health economics knowledge and skills, it is increasingly important for non-economists to have a clearer understanding of how they can effectively apply and interpret economic concepts and utilise tools in their own organisation. Students can progress into the MSc after successful completion of the PgCert and PgDip.


This course begins by introducing you to Economics as a discipline. Consideration is then given to the commodity health care. It is shown that given its characteristics, government intervention is necessary to aid its efficient delivery. This raises questions concerning what services to provide as well as issues around the financing and organisation of health care. It also introduces a number of fundamental economic concepts that are encountered throughout the Programme such as demand, utility, opportunity cost and marginal analysis.

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Entry requirements

Students should have 2:1 (upper-second) UK honours degree (or equivalent). You can also apply if you have: alternative/lower qualifications and an appropriate level of relevant experience.

University information

The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 and is the 5th oldest university in the UK and the 3rd oldest university in Scotland. Since its founding, the university has been ‘Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’ and it still holds this purpose. Students from all over the world study either on campus or online, and the university attracts the best international academics, researchers, and specialists in...more