Economics - Health Economics Practice

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics Practice is a practice-oriented course, designed to give students an excellent grounding in the use of economic decision-making in the health sector. Economic decision-making is becoming increasingly important in the health area, with scarce resources being available for ever-increasing needs. This course provides students with transferrable skills that can be used in a healthcare business or policy environment. The course recognises that healthcare is as much a business as a policy area, and this is reflected in modules on health care markets and health care innovations.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics Practice (Part I of the MSc) includes 60 credits of taught modules. The core modules examine economic decision-making in health, in terms of financing, resource allocation, distribution and delivery of healthcare.

The other modules relate to evaluating health outcomes, health services resourcing, research skills and methods for health economics, healthcare markets and innovations in health practice.

The course is examined entirely through continuous assessment, including written assignments, participation in online discussions, reflective learning logs, and presentations. Emphasis is placed on transferrable skills and the personal, professional and intellectual development of students.

The course has numerous links with healthcare practitioners and businesses, and this is reflected in guest lectures and online live cases, where students are set a real-life problem by a healthcare practitioner or organisation and asked to develop solutions to this problem.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma and achieve a minimum of 60% average in their assessment may transfer their registration onto the MSc Health Economics Practice, which involves a six-month placement in the healthcare sector. (Those already working in the sector may continue in their positions.) During this six months, students will be expected to address a problem in the organisation for which they are working, using economic decision-making techniques.

Why Choose This Course?
This course is a practice-oriented course, delivered online, designed to prepare students for applying economics in the healthcare sector. It also provides transferrable skills, which help to develop the student in a personal, professional and intellectual capacity. Graduates of the programme have gone on to work in healthcare providers and insurers as well as health policy research positions. Industry practitioners have been attracted to the course from both private and public sectors, including healthcare providers (both practitioners and administrative functions) and pharmaceutical companies.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will need:

A degree in business and/or Economics

or
A degree with at least a 2H2 grade in a health related discipline

or
For those with degrees or equivalent outside the above categories, applicants should have a minimum of 4 years' experience as health sector practitioners or professionals in which case they may be accepted on the basis of recognition of prior experiential learning.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme. A copy of this form is available here SupplementaryFormCKC07 (26kB)

Assessment Info

The taught modules are assessed entirely via continuous assessment, including a combination of written assignments, online discussions, reflective logs, and presentations.

The placement is examined via a combination of reflective learning logs, a written report on the placement and a presentation of that report.

Subjects taught

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics Practice (Part I of the MSc) includes 60 credits of taught modules. The core modules examine economic decision-making in health, in terms of financing, resource allocation, distribution and delivery of healthcare.

The other modules relate to evaluating health outcomes, health services resourcing, research skills and methods for health economics, healthcare markets and innovations in health practice.

The course is examined entirely through continuous assessment, including written assignments, participation in online discussions, reflective learning logs, and presentations. Emphasis is placed on transferrable skills and the personal, professional and intellectual development of students.

The course has numerous links with healthcare practitioners and businesses, and this is reflected in guest lectures and online live cases, where students are set a real-life problem by a healthcare practitioner or organisation and asked to develop solutions to this problem.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma and achieve a minimum of 60% average in their assessment may transfer their registration onto the MSc Health Economics Practice, which involves a six-month placement in the healthcare sector. (Those already working in the sector may continue in their positions.) During this six months, students will be expected to address a problem in the organisation for which they are working, using economic decision-making techniques.

Duration

Full-time 1 year
Part-time 2 years

The course will be delivered predominately online, facilitating self-directed learning. Field trips, guest lectures and live cases may be organised for times that suit both full-time and part-time students.

Enrolment dates

Start Date 9 September 2019

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information

This course focuses on equipping graduates with the economic decision-making skills to improve efficiency and/or equity in the healthcare sector. Graduates will be attractive to employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Previous graduates have found employment in a mixture of all three settings and those who were in employment prior to beginning the course have found that it has greatly enhanced their career prospects.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PGDip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Online

  • Apply to

    PAC