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PGCert Health Economics for Health Care Professionals (Distance Learning)

PGCert Health Economics for Health Care Professionals (Distance Learning)

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Distance without attendance


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Health Economics Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Mounting pressure on health care budgets worldwide has focused attention on how best to organise health care systems and the spending within them.

The University of York distance learning courses in health economics allow you to gain a qualification without interrupting your career, and offer the flexibility to spread study over a period of years to suit your professional and personal circumstances.

The Postgraduate Certificate course is the first of three distance learning courses in health economics that are offered by the University of York, the other two being the Postgraduate Diploma Health Economics for Health Care Professionals and the MSc Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment.

Study Mode


1-2 years part-time (distance learning)

Course Content

This course will provide you with the basic principles and tools of health economics so that you can understand the work place situations you encounter from an economic perspective and apply basic economic concepts in your work.

Careers and Skills

This is a Continuing Professional Development course and is designed for those who are already employed.

Career Opportunities

The learning objectives aim to equip you with the necessary skills in health economics to progress your career within your current organisation and/or to change career direction, targeting jobs which combine health economics with the disciplines in which you are already qualified.


Upon successful completion of the module you should be able to: Explain the basic concept of what economic evaluation is and why is is necessay; Describe the different normative perspectives used in economic evaluation in health care; Set up a decision problem for an exonomic evaluation in health care; Consider the opportunity costs of different decisions; Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different wats of expressing the measures of the effect of an intervention (relative risk, odds ratio, risk ratio, the number needed to treat and differences in mean); Explain what is meant by sampling error and the reasons we derive confidence intervals of estimates of effect; Explain what is meant by a meta-analysis and its use in summarising the results of studies of similar interventions; Descrive different types of study design and their strengths and weaknesses; Explain the differences between the various forms of economic evaluation; Consider the different outcomes used for different forms of economic evaluation; Calculate the quality-adjusted life years gained from a health care intervention and much more.

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent; Other qualifications and experience: We may also accept experience deemed to be of an equivalent standard.