High-quality health care and preventative health care coupled with the highest possible efficiency and cost effectiveness—the health care system faces major challenges. The aim of this master’s program in health economics and health care management is to analyze these challenges and develop potential solutions. The program imparts both methodological skills and the ability to apply this expertise to issues in health care. Students acquire knowledge of the complex interactions within health care and learn to put this knowledge into practice.
The MSc program, which is conducted in both German and English, is organized by the Department of Socioeconomics at Universität Hamburg in close cooperation with the Hamburg Center for Health Economics (HCHE). The HCHE is jointly run by the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and is one of the largest centers for health economics research in Europe.
Students have the opportunity to select and individually combine courses in health economics and health care management in their advanced studies.
- In health economics the focus is on issues relating to health care allocation and distribution. This includes questions targeting the regulation of health care, for instance, the structure of remuneration systems for doctors and hospitals and the regulation of both competition between health insurers and the pharmaceuticals industry.
- In health care management, students learn about selected management concepts that may be applied to operative areas within health insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmaceuticals companies. Courses in marketing, technology and innovation management, controlling, and finance management round off the program.