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Improving economics teaching and learning for over 20 years

Why study health economics?

"The study of health economics (HE) will stimulate anyone who believes that seeking to improve human health is worth using up some of the world's scarce resources." - introduction for current students by Stephen Heasell, hosted by the Economics Network's student site, .

In addition to the career paths available to those who specialise in health economists, knowledge of health economics is also becoming an increasingly important component of the training and skill sets required in other related professions. For example, the curriculum of the Faculty of Public Health includes learning outcomes prioritisation of health and social care services and costing of services under Key area 7. The Public Health Skills and Career Framework, used across the UK, also refers to skills in cost and cost effectiveness analysis (levels 7 and 8).

Health Economics education