The CHPE takes a leading role in coordinating the course offers in health economics and health policy at the University of Lucerne.

Master in Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy offers a Master program in Health Sciences. This innovative educational program provides in-depth knowledge of health, functioning and disability and approaches health from a biopsychosocial and interdisciplinary perspective. 

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Study programs / MA Health Sciences

Within the Master Program in Health Sciences, students may select the Major Health Economics and Health Policy. The objectives of the Major are i) to assess the functioning of health care markets from an economic and from a political science perspective, and ii) to understand the main tools to the design, implemention, and evaluation of public health policies. Students learn how health can be valued economically, why there is a demand and supply of health care, and how the characteristics of health as a market good influence the behavior of key actors (patients, health care providers and health insurers) in the health system. Students also develop the skills to understand the role of policy-makers in regulating the health care sector and in bringing change towards improving population health. 

The curriculum covers the following topics:

  • Health Policy 
  • Health Economics 
  • Health Insurance Economics 
  • Behavioral Health Economics 
  • Economics of Disability
  • Economics of Health Behaviors
  • Health Econometrics
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Evaluation of Health Policies 
  • Health Care Management 
  • Health Care Financing
  • Health Inequalities and Inequities 
  • Health Systems Research

MLaw + Health Policy

The Faculty of Law offers a two-year Master of Law program with three semesters of master courses in law and one semester in an interdisciplinary field (Master Plus). The CHPE is active in designing and offering the additional modules in the "MLaw + Health Policy", which comprises courses in health sciences, health systems and policies and quantitative methods.

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Health Economics and Health Care Management

The CHPE contributes to the courses offered in the specialization area "Health Economics and Health Care Management" within the new Master program in Economics and Management at the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Lucerne, starting in fall 2019.

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