MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing Specialization in Health Economics

Program summary

Financing health is becoming a global challenge from providing universal coverage in low income countries to managing the ever-increasing public health expenditure in developed economies.

Health policy is concerned with fundamental health-related questions of the society: to whom, what health services at what quality, how frequently and at what cost should be provided? The Health Policy, Planning and Financing program will introduce students to the theory and practice of health policies. This special area require complex interdisciplinary knowledge.

The program is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of health care systems both at macro and micro levels within the context of technological development, ageing and patient expectations. The program encourages critical thinking and teaches students how to solve problems on the market of health care from an economic point of view, and how to evaluate health policies, public health programs as well as regulations using the economic toolkit. Students will be able to use their practical and theoretical knowledge in health policy and health economics to analyse and solve health service and health care problems. The health economic specialisation allows students to focus on health economic analysis and pharmacoeconomics and to develop analytical skills in quantitative research methods as well as in health technology assessment.

Students will benefit from the daily interactions with the research staff at the  Department of Health Economics, including specialists in health economics, outcome research, public health and health technology assessment. Students will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects  while writing  their dissertation. Graduates gain skills, which will allow them to work in health administration, government departments, research and consultancy agencies, universities, national health services, health care organisations and pharmaceutical and medical device industry.

Key facts

Start date: September 2019

Duration: Four semesters

Requirements: bachelor degree, written entrance exam and motivation interview

English language requirement: CEFR Level B2

Location: Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, Budapest, Fővám sqr. 8.


Prof. Valentin Brodszky

Department of Health Economics

Corvinus University of Budapest