Health economics at LSHTM
LSHTM has around 100 staff and students undertaking health economics research, concentrated within the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, with areas of interest spanning countries at all levels of development. LSHTM economists have a wealth of experience in advising UK and other national governments, international agencies and organisations.
Health Economics Research
Research in low and middle-income countries is mainly based in:
- Health Economics and Systems Analysis (HESA) Group
HESA are a group of over 50 staff with skills in health economics, policy analysis, public health, epidemiology and social science, who undertake research to improve the knowledge base on health system performance in low and middle income countries.
- Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SAME) Group (focused on HIV, TB and violence prevention)
SAME are a multi-disciplinary group, of around 40 social epidemiologists, social scientists, economists and mathematical modellers who undertake research on social determinants of health and violence and the economics of infectious diseases.
Research in the UK and other high income countries is mainly based in:
- Team For Health Economics, Policy And Technology Assessment (THETA)
THETA are a team of around 20 health economists and statisticians who undertake world-leading research that combines methods development with policy-relevant applications.
Read more about the wide range of health economics research we conduct in this brochure.
Listen to staff and students discussing health economics at LSHTM and the benefits of studying this key subject in this podcast.
We have a flourishing research degree programme in health economics, with around 30 students, working across low, middle and high income countries.
Examples of current and recently completed thesis topics include:
- An investigation of alternative statistical methods for cost-effectiveness analyses that use Cluster Randomised Trials
- Economic evaluation of a community-based randomised controlled trial to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality and mother-to-child transmission of HIV
- Variations in performance of three public insurance schemes in Thailand
- Hospital autonomy in Bogota, Colombia: a transactions cost economic analysis
- Economic analysis of the retail supply chain for malaria treatment in Cambodia
- Health workers’ remuneration structure – effects on performance and accountability in Sierra Leone
- The impact of medical tourism on the Thai health system
Health Economics courses are a core part of our Masters teaching in public health, featuring prominently in the following face-to-face courses in London:
- MSc Public Health (with the option of specialising in Health Economics)
- MSc Public Health in Developing Countries
- MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing (delivered in collaboration with the London School of Economics)
And the following distance-learning courses:
- MSc, PG Diploma & PG Certificate in Public Health
- MSc, PG Diploma & PG Certificate in Global Health Policy
Economics MSc modules include “Introduction to Health Economics”, “Economic Analysis for Health Policy”, “Economic Evaluation”, and “The Economics of Global Health Policy”. Key to our teaching is the use of our research and policy experience within our teaching materials.
London based and distance learning modules can be taken as free standing short courses (subject to having the necessary academic background).
We also run specialist short courses for academics and practitioners:
- Methods for addressing selection bias in health economic evaluation
- Design & Analysis of Discrete Choice Experiments
- Bespoke courses for development agencies on Health Economics and Financing in Low and Middle-Income Countries - for more information contact Nicola Lord.