Andrea Mudd

Student Health Economics


'The health economics specialisation is a very rewarding programme that exposes students to useful practical methods along with an in-depth understanding of the health industry'

Why did I choose Health Economics?

During my Bachelor in International Economics and Business Economics at the Erasmus School (ESE) of Economics, I took an elective course in Health Economics while on exchange. I immediately knew that I wanted to pursue this field in my Master studies, so I followed the ESE’s Health Economics specialisation. My aim was to combine my passion for health with useful quantitative skills that built upon my economic knowledge from my bBchelor.

The curriculum

From my point of view, the specialisation has a lot to offer to any student who wants to contribute to the growing field in an academic or professional setting. The programme gives a complete overview of the different facets of the healthcare industry, the skill set (both quantitative and theoretical) to critically analyse and produce research in health economics, an understanding of the global health effort, contact with insightful and approachable experts, and the ability to use important quantitative tools for work in this field. Although it is difficult to choose, two of my favourite courses were Research Topics in Health Economics and Global Health Economics. Both of these courses were centred around analysing and discussing research outcomes, the first course from an econometric perspective and the second one from a policy perspective. During these courses I did not only develop substantial knowledge about the existing research on these topics but also gained practical experience with programs, such as STATA and ADEPT.

Contribute to projects alongside established experts

I have just started working at a pharmaceutical consulting company, and within just a few weeks I have used many of the skills acquired during the Master. With the practical experience the Master offers along with a sound theoretical understanding of the industry, I feel capable to contribute to projects alongside established experts.

Max Coveney

Student Health Economics


'The teaching by top research-oriented academics provided me with unique insights into the field of health economics'

Why did I choose Health Economics?

After making the decision to pursue further study in the field of health economics, it was important for me to select a programme and institution that would provide me with a rigorous and complete training. I was drawn to the Health Economics specialisation at Erasmus School of Economics due to the team of world-class academics involved in the programme as well as the university’s reputation as one of the top economic schools in Europe. I am happy to say that the reputation is not underserved; the coursework - although challenging at times – focuses both on theory and practical applications, and the flexible nature of the programme allows you to select the subjects that match your interests.

Extremely experienced and knowledgeable academics

For me, the most rewarding aspect of the degree was the final thesis. I was able to apply what I had learned during the coursework while performing my own research under the guidance of some extremely experienced and knowledgeable academics. In addition to the academic benefits, I found a warm and welcoming student community in Rotterdam. The programme allowed me to connect with both Dutch and international students alike. This degree was instrumental in providing me with the skills and experience to begin a career in the field of health economics. I would encourage all prospective students interested in this field to seriously consider this specialisation at Erasmus School of Economics.