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2021-22 EuroQol PhD Studentship in Health Economics (Round 2)

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is pleased to invite applications for a PhD studentship in Health Economics, funded for four years by EuroQol Group, starting on 20 September 2021.

Research Project

The topic area relates to the work reported as part of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Task Force report on the use of utility data within clinical studies. The exact focus of the project will be developed with the successful candidate but is likely to cover:

  1. Exploration of different modelling methods for the analysis of the effects of trial events, and patient drop out on EQ-5D
  2. Methods to understand and potentially adjust for confounding from cross-sectional data
  3. Different methods to model the temporal nature of the effects of events
  4. Approaches to improve the generalizability of clinical trial EQ-5D data to routine practice
  5. Use of the Visual Analogue Scale component of the instrument to enhance analyses of the tariff values

Research environment

The studentship will be based in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy (PHP) which is focussed on the improvement of health throughout the UK and worldwide. We do this through research, teaching and the provision of advice in the areas of health policy, health systems and services, and individual, social and environmental influences on health. Interests and activities embrace the health needs of people living in countries at all levels of development. We run a range of popular and highly respected MSc courses, short courses and CPD. We encompass the disciplines of epidemiology, public health medicine, economics, political science, international relations, anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, statistics and mathematics. Around 100 of our staff and students undertake health economics research and our economists have a wealth of experience in advising UK and other national governments, international agencies and organisations.

Students will be mentored by their supervisor and an Advisory Committee consisting of at least two other academics, who can be from outside the School. Students are expected to take part in the academic life of their department and can also be members of other Academic Centres - e.g. Centre for Health Economics in London and the Centre for Statistical Methodology. All research seminars and journal clubs are open to PhD students from across the School. Students are able to take up to four Master’s level Study Modules per academic year, subject to approval from their supervisor.

Support for research students’ future career development is covered through the supervision process, through the Transferable Skills Programme (in the School and the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network) and the School’s Careers Service. Also important for career development are the opportunities for students to network and establish professional contacts. The School also facilitates national and international conference attendance by students in the later stages which provides networking opportunities.

Funding

The award will cover

  • tuition fees (at the LSHTM Home fee rate), and
  • a tax-free stipend of GBP 19,800.00 per year, pro-rated for periods and mode of study,

for the duration of the award.

Please note: the award is only available to candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for Home fees (see Eligibility Requirements below).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet minimum LSHTM entry requirements.

Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain before the start of the PhD, a relevant MSc (such as Health Economics, Epidemiology or Medical Statistics) awarded with good grades, or have a combination of relevant qualifications and experience which demonstrates equivalent ability and attainment. 

The award is only available to candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for the Home fee rate. Please see the LSHTM Fee Assessment Policy, in particular the “Criteria” section, for further details.

How to Apply

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the supervisor of the project, Professor Andrew Briggs, for an informal discussion prior to applying.

Information about the MPhil/PhD programme structure at LSHTM, as well as application guidance and a link to the portal, can be found on the School’s Research Degrees and Doctoral College pages.

To apply for this studentship, applicants should submit an application for research degree study (in the Faculty of Public Health & Policy) via the LSHTM application portal. ‘EuroQol PhD Studentship in Health Economics’ must be entered under the ‘Funding Section’ on the application. Students should submit a research proposal based on the advertisement for this project.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for this studentship. This includes any applications missing supplementary documents (such as transcripts or references) at the deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete and therefore applications should be submitted as early as possible to give referees time to submit their references prior to the deadline.

Applications for this project will only be reviewed and processed after the deadline. All applications that are submitted before the deadline will be considered equally, regardless of submission date.  

Deadline

The deadline for applications is 23.59 (BST) on Monday 26 April 2021.