Part time 48 Month(s)
The PhD in Health Economics and Policy provides opportunities to gain a deeper and more critical insight into health economics theory, research and practice, whether they are based within healthcare settings, industry, international organisations, local government, education, research, or management. This programme meets the needs of those wishing to enhance their research skills, develop their understanding of theory, policy and practice, and make an original contribution to knowledge development within their field, while at the same time fulfilling their existing responsibilities. The course is aimed at individuals based in international settings or in the UK. The programme is offered part-time and via blended/distance e-learning.
The specialist taught modules include both the theory and practice of health economics and policy. The PhD will be oriented towards empirical research but is supported by a selection of taught courses providing skills in up-to-date research techniques in economics and health services research. This ensures that our postgraduate students extend their knowledge beyond a single discipline, and possess a wide range of skills to aid employability.
It also builds upon the expertise held at Lancaster regarding blended learning and will utilise innovative live online interactive lectures. Additionally, the Health Economics at Lancaster (HEAL) team has specific expertise necessary for the proposed programme, complemented by the expertise existing in the Economics department at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). The team have expertise in health economics, health policy and economic evaluation. Current research being undertaken by the members of the teams will influence all aspects of the module.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
e-learning distance module
Autumn Term (weeks 1-10, October – December)
Convenor: Dr Ceu Mateus
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the economics of health and health care. The course provides a comprehensive set of economic tools to critically appraise fundamental issues in the economics of health while offering a broad overview of the most relevant and current policy issues. The emphasis is on the use and interpretation of microeconomic models and the most current empirical evidence (for this reason it would be an advantage for students to be already familiar with standard statistics, such as regression analysis).
On successful completion of this module you will be able to:
have a comprehensive knowledge of the most relevant issues and methods in the economics of health and health care
be able to critically evaluate health policies and evidence
be able to understand and use major theories and empirical tools including basic microeconomic and econometric principles and methods of cost-benefit analysis in health
Mode of assessment: 3000 word essay (80%) and online forum contribution (20%).
e-learning distance module
Spring Term (weeks 1-10, January-March)
Convenor: Dr Sean Hughes
Main Topics and Learning Outcomes:
Mode of assessment: 2,000 word critical appraisal and 3000 word assignment.
Sunmer Term (weeks 1-10, April-June)
Convenors: Dr Sarah Brearley
This core module equips students with the skills necessary to design and undertake good qualitative and quantitative research.
Mode of assessment: 4,800 word assignment and a minimum of 1 contribution to the annotated bibliography.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an advanced introduction to the methods commonly used in health research. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of:
Summer Term (weeks 1-10, April-June)
Convenor: Prof Carol Thomas
This module will enable you to explore both the principles of research design and practical research ethics. This involves considering research design in general, as well as focusing on the design of your own thesis research project. In this way, the module will set you up for the thesis research stage to follow.
Key to this is the production of your ‘research proposal’ in Part 1, and the completion of a practice application for research ethics approval in Part 2. Once completed, a research proposal is sometimes referred to – in full or in summary – as a ‘research protocol’. Research proposals are made up of sections that you need to become familiar with. The key conventions will be introduced and explained – with some degree of variation between qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research proposals. Students will thus have the opportunity to gain skills in drawing up a research proposal and completing an ethics application, which are important gateways to obtaining approval/funding and getting out into the field.
By the end of the module successful students will be able to:
· Identify the key elements of research design for quantitative, qualitative and mixed method research proposals (protocols) - including overall study aims and objectives, the research question(s) or hypothesis, the conceptual framework in use, the rationale for why new research is required, the methods, and dissemination plan
· Understand the terminology used in different research designs
· Demonstrate the ability to conceptualise and plan research though the development of comprehensive research proposals which systematically approach a question or problem.
· Acquire skills in writing research protocols
· Know where to find help and support when applying for ethical approval
· Locate and be familiar with up to date research governance regulatory requirements concerning ethical guidelines of key organisations involved in health, social care, and organisational health research
· Apply an ethical mindset to a research proposal
· Successfully transfer a research proposal into an ethical review application form
· Check and self assess a completed ethics application and supporting documents prior to submission
Mode of assessment: A written assignment that includes: a) a 4,000 word research proposal and b) a completed FHMREC ethics application form and supporting documents.
Autumn term (weeks 1-10, October-December)
Convenors: Dr Siobhan Reilly
Main Topics and Learning Outcomes: this module has a particular focus on systematic methods for reviewing, critically appraising and synthesising different types of research evidence to inform various research questions
Mode of assessment: 3,000 word assignment.
Spring term (weeks 1-10, January-March)
Convenor: Dr Guillermo Perez Algorta
This module is an introduction to the theory and practice of qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Mode of assessment: You need to complete two pieces of written work (Qualitative data analysis, 2500 words; Quantitative data analysis, 2500 words).
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Director of Studies: Dr Liz McDermott (Years 1 and 2). Dr Mark Limmer (Years 3+)
Duration: 48–84 months, part-time
Entry requirements: Applicants should hold the minimum of an upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in economics, or other relevant discipline with a significant quantitative content such as statistics, pharmacy, medicine and management. Qualifications and/or experience deemed by the University to be of an equivalent standard will be also considered.
IELTS: At least 6.5 overall (minimum element scores apply)
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