Health Economics

Health Economics, Policy & Law

This specialization in Health Economics is a joint venture between the Erasmus School of Economics and Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management. The latter is one of the leading centres in the world for health economics research and training. It is aimed at students with basic training in economics who wish to specialise in health economics. In this monodisciplinary programme in which you will focus on acquiring in-depth knowledge of the concepts and tools for economic analysis of healthcare systems.

Health Economics is a relatively young and rapidly expanding branch of economics. It analyses efficiency, equity and the incentives for patients, healthcare providers, insurers and other actors. There is a strong demand for healthcare analysts with an economic background.

Compulsory courses*

The specialization Health Economics consists of the following compulsory courses:

Elective courses*

In blocks 4 and 5 students of the HE programme should choose elective courses with a total minimum of 15 EC, which amounts to three courses. Within the HE specialisation, seven elective courses are offered. Note that you must choose at least one course (5 EC) in block 5.

* This is the programme of the year 2020-2021, so be aware that the curriculum can change. If you want to learn more about a specific course, please consult the Course Guide.


Some courses form a prerequisite for other courses. "Quantitative Methods for Applied Economics (QMAE)" is a prerequisite for the course "Research Topics in Health Economics".

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