Economics of Healthcare

Health economics is a specific branch within economics concerned with the efficient allocation of scarce resources with respect to health and healthcare. Health economics is a growing field which all professionals in healthcare will be confronted with. In this course, the participants will look at innovations from an economic perspective. They will deal with theoretical as well as empirical developments.This course will teach the participants about the discipline, relevance and application of advanced health economics.

This short course offers a training in Health Technology Assessment. The purpose of this training is to provide the participants as members of a team with knowledge of methods, concepts, key issues and models that are used in the field of Health Technology Assessment, and more specifically economic evaluation of healthcare technologies.

The course consists of three parts:

  • in the first part the participants will get acquainted with the economic approach of healthcare and economic approaches of innovations and entrepreneurship;
  • in the second part they will apply the aforementioned knowledge and insights to different types of innovations, including product innovations and organisational innovations; 
  • in the third part of the course they will take a closer look at the evaluation and implementation of innovations from an economic perspective.

It is assumed that in this course the participants have basic knowledge of (health) economics.

“Over the last decade, achieving an efficient allocation of scarce resources (such as budgets, time, money, personnel, rooms, beds) with respect to health and healthcare has become imperative. Health economics is a specific branch within economics that among others includes Health Technology Assessment, which is aimed at economic evaluations of healthcare technologies (e.g. cost-effectiveness analyses). Economic evaluations are key as they enhance the possibilities of achieving an efficient allocation of these scarce resources”.
Mickael Hiligsmann, PhD, course coordinator


  • To gain knowledge about health economics, including health technology assessment.
  • To apply the knowledge to analyse care innovations from a health economic perspective.
  • To learn how to make judgments of care innovations on the basis of economic arguments.
  • To analyse cases of care innovation from a health economic point of view.
  • To work with others in a collaborative setting.


Participants in this course are healthcare managers, consultants, medical doctors and graduates from universities and universities of applied sciences who wish to enhance their knowledge about economics of healthcare and particularly health technology ass.essment

Teaching methods

Problem-Based Learning, team assignments, formal lectures, interactive lectures, tutorial group meetings, trainings. Examination consists of an individual test and assessment of team work.

Teaching staff

The teaching staff of the course consists of experts on health economics and economic evaluation from Maastricht University.

Admission requirement

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or an equivalent
  • Sufficient English skills

Upon completion of the course you will receive a certificate.
Upon successful completion you will also receive a list of grades.


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Course fee
€ 1752,- for the academic year 2016-2017

    Start: 9 September 2016
    End: 28 October 2016

    Application deadline
    24 July 2016

    Language of instruction
    Language of instruction is English.



    Locations for the classes are at Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.

    More information
    Mickael Hiligsmann, PhD (course coordinator)
    Department of Health Services Research
    Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
    Maastricht University
    Phone: + 31 43 3882219
    E-mail: m.hiligsmann[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl