Why this programme

Health Economics, Policy & Law

Healthcare systems worldwide face complicated challenges. Policymakers want to retain or improve access to good-quality healthcare, but they also want to keep systems affordable for patients and taxpayers. Meanwhile, healthcare expenditure is increasing, demographics are changing, expectations are higher and expensive new treatments are becoming available.

What are the causes of the problems that systems face? What are possible solutions? Take a multidisciplinary approach that combines the economic perspective with political science and legal thinking. See how different countries balance efficiency and equity in their systems. Investigate the value of new drugs for patients and their consequence for societies. Explore the interplay of economics and population health. Study similarities and differences between higher and lower-income countries. The master's programme is internationally oriented and attracts students from many countries.

Note: it also possible to choose the monodisciplinary specialisation Health Economics.

In healthcare we have an obligation to relieve as many concerns of patients as possible, like compliant data exchange, as they fight for the greatest asset: health.
Amy Eikelenboom

This MSc programme, the only one of its kind in Europe, offers you:

  • The opportunity to acquire the skills that are required to solve the challenges facing healthcare systems. You will use your knowledge of economics, policy science and law to analyse and understand health policy issues.  
  • The chance to work with some of the world’s leading research groups and examine actual developments.
  • Career opportunities: jobs in government, with health insurers, consultancy firms, in the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare organisations, and in international organisations like the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, the European Commission, or at universities.

Target audience 

Erasmus University Rotterdam's master's programme Health Economics, Policy & Law is intended for motivated students who wish to understand healthcare systems and health issues from different disciplinary perspectives. The programme is open to students with a bachelor degree in a related subject and/or with a sufficient background in economics or policy, on their way to a promising career in health economics and policy.

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