Health Economics

Domain Knowledge

There are a number of generic competencies in Health Economics including knowledge of theories and concepts in health economics and the ability to use and apply it to frame and address health policy problems; knowledge relating to the application of mathematical and statistical techniques to understand and assess the impact of underlying change, including policy shifts, on human and organizational behaviours; conversance with the collection and use of primary and secondary health and economic data obtained from various sources and methods; and the ability to effectively communicate research motivations, study designs, findings and implications for various audiences including academics and decision makers.

Current Research Interests and Affiliations

IHPME is affiliated with the Canadian Centre for Health Economics.

Research and study focuses on resource allocation within the health sector, and between that and other sectors. Health Economics at IHPME is focussed on developing and applying economic theory and methods:

  • Approaches taken to the study of the health and health services marketplaces
  • Theories and empirical studies of health related behaviours including the demand for health and health services as well as potentially deleterious behaviours such as smoking
  • Theories and empirical studies concerning the supply of health services and their application to hospitals, health care professionals and other settings and providers
  • Research on how health care markets work (e.g., those for labour, health services and insurance) including knowledge of potential sources of market failures, roles for regulatory agencies, informational asymmetry and empirical studies

Learn more about studying Health Economics through the MSc & PhD Health Services Research