MSc Health Economics and Decision Modelling

School of Health and Related Research, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

We tackle some of the world’s greatest health challenges to improve the health and care of people across the globe.

I love the University and Sheffield as a city. I did my undergraduate degree here and didn’t want to leave. Whilst what I learnt was related to public health, such as disease outbreak management, the problem solving skills can be applied to other areas in the future.”

Harriet Fidler, Postgraduate student in the School of Health and Related REsearch

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

This course is dedicated to the practical application of mathematical modelling to inform healthcare decision making. It bridges the gap between the underlying theory and application of mathematical modelling for decision making and more traditional health economics.

Governments, insurers, health care organisations and the pharmaceutical industry need to analyse the costs and benefits of health-related strategies.

Currently there is an international shortage of qualified specialists in this area. This course is ideal preparation for a career as a professional health economist or modeller.

The programme is suitable for those who wish to pursue careers as applied economists in the health sector or as the basis for doctoral research.

ScHARR postgraduate student

Course content

  • Cost-effectiveness Modelling for Health Technology Assessment
  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Health Research Methods
  • Medical Statistics and Evidence Synthesis
  • Operational Research Techniques in Health Resource Allocation
  • Advanced Simulation Methods
  • Valuing the Benefits of Health Care
  • Dissertation


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study


  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2/3 years part-time
September 2017 start

Course description 2017

The course is designed to provide you with the research, evaluation and analytical skills you need to understand and undertake a wide range of public health activities, in a national and international context.

Our modules set public health in an international context, so the course attracts students from all over the world.

ScHARR postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Epidemiology
  • Key Issues in Global Public Health
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal
  • Health Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation
  • Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

Choices include:

  • Health Promotion
  • Leading and Managing Health Services
  • Communicable Disease
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Health Care Financing and Economic Evaluation
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers
  • Social Determinants of Health Inequalities
  • Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal Techniques
  • Promoting Evidence-Based Health Care
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Contemporary Health Psychology and Behaviour Change

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent study. You’re assessed on coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2/3 years part-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree from a recognised university in a numerate subject.

Relevant subjects include economics, operational research, mathematics, statistics, industrial engineering, management science, physics or systems control.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.