Learn to apply economic thinking to health care.

Get a fundamental understanding of the key concepts in health economics. Gain the skills to recognise and address the challenges of limited resources within the health sector.

Join us online and learn from a team of practising health economists who are actively involved in policy-shaping research. We’ve been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for 40 years of excellence in health economics research.

This online Health Economics course is part-time and fits around full-time work.

Who is this Health Economics course for?

This course is ideal for health researchers and professionals working in health, government, academia and the pharmaceutical industry. You do not need any prior knowledge of economics.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards any of these postgraduate qualifications.

What you’ll study

You’ll cover the core topics in health economics, including:

  • key concepts of supply and demand and how these apply to health care
  • analysis of the main alternative systems for organising and financing health care
  • resource allocation and priority setting in health care
  • analysis of the main policy interventions in population health behaviours and the role of behavioural economics
  • fundamental concepts in economic evaluation
  • costing and benefit measurement
  • the rationale behind economic evaluation techniques.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain the key theories underpinning health economics.
  • Describe different ways in which health care can be financed and delivered.
  • Reflect on the contribution of economics to health and health care and how it can assist decision making.
  • Discuss economic evaluation, its underlying principles and main techniques.
  • Critically appraise published economic evaluations.
  • Debate the arguments for and against alternative systems for organising and financing health care.
  • Compare a range of policy interventions in health behaviours and the rationale behind them.

Why study health economics online with the University of Aberdeen?

How you’ll study

Online learning

This Health Economics course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

This course is taught at Masters level.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • reading materials
  • practical exercises
  • assignments
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

This course is taught by experienced health economists and researchers. You’ll learn from a team of specialists from our award-winning Health Economics Research Unit (HERU). HERU has been carrying out economic research into health for over 40 years. It’s one of the leading centres for health economics in Europe.

The course has five modules. Each module has a specific tutor who is a specialist in their field.

Your teaching team

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Build your learning

We have a range of online healthcare and medicine short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


Skills in health economics are increasingly in demand within the health sector, where limited resources present challenges at every level.

This course delivers career-enhancing skills that can help you:

  • inform public policymaking
  • inform management of resources
  • inform clinical decision making
  • work towards becoming a health economist.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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Start date
23 January 2023
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