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Health Policy Planning and Financing (Specialization in Health Economics), launched in English, offers multi-disciplinary expertise and a problem-oriented approach. Such knowledge and skills will remain relevant in the long run and help graduates understand and analyse key issues of future health systems, such as: efficiency of health technologies, sustainability of health financing, and techniques to measure and influence the performance of health care systems.

Our programme prepares students for career positions in both the private and public sectors. This includes health care governance and financing at national and local levels and careers at pharmaceuticals companies, public and private health care providers, as well as education and research institutions.

The Master Programme offers multi-disciplinary expertise and a problem-oriented approach enabling graduates to understand the complexities of health care systems both at macro and micro levels and to perform tasks in analysis, planning, financing and management of health technologies, health care services and health systems. Foreign students studying at Hungarian medical universities may choose to combine their medical degree with the degree offered by our programme. A master degree in English can also be an attractive option for Hungarian students, given increasing international co-operation in several areas of health care.

The MSc programme offers a specialization in health economics. The other specialization – health policy – is not available in English at this time. 
The master programme enables graduates for:
  • analysis of international trends in health care, including their influence on the national health care systems;
  • assessment of  health technologies (including pharmaceuticals), including the  methods of the development and application of economic models;
  • evaluation and development of strategies/tools for improving the quality and efficiency of health care services;
  • analyses of the performance of health care providers and financing organisations, and possible alternatives for improvement;
  • evaluation of the performance of the health care systems at meso- and macro-level and possible alternatives for improvement; and planning and management of health care projects.

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Full-time and part-time programmes

The master programme can be completed as a 2-year full-time or as a part-time programme, too. The part time programme is especially tailored for those participants who already have working experience and would like to further develop their knowledge and skills without giving up their working position. The contact hours of the course are organised in three educational weeks in each semester. One week (Monday to Saturday) presence is required per month in each month from September to November (first semester) and from February to April (second semester). The application procedure and the course fee of the part-time programme are the same as for the full-time programme.


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Structure of the program

The basic courses module (28 credits) offers the basics of multi-disciplinary orientation and comparative analyses of healthcare systems. Included are courses on health economics; health policy; health law and ethics; epidemiology, public health, etc.

The professional core material (32 credits) includes material on the analysis of healthcare systems, institutions, services and technologies, including the development of alternatives in decision-making. Included are courses on health economic evaluations; health financing; health services organisation; health informatics; statistical methods in healthcare analyses, etc.
The specialization in health economics covers the most important international sources of knowledge, while also preparing students to execute practical applications. The student’s individual professional program also plays a vital role, which is realized in the form of the thesis seminar and internship. The compulsory courses are: methodology of economic modelling in health care; measurement of patient-reported outcomes; financing of health technologies; health technology assessment; strategic pricing and marketing of health technologies; thesis seminar. Students have to select elective courses which can be any courses offered at ELTE in any MA/MSc programme.
The MSc internship gives the students the opportunity to apply the concepts and technical skills they have mastered during the first two semesters: 
  • The duration of the internship is 160 hours.
  • It can be completed in pharmaceutical companies, government agencies (including the Ministry of Health and the National Health Insurance Fund Administration), health care organisations, consulting companies, commercial insurance companies and research institutions.
  • Students have to prepare an internship report.

Strength of program

Our faculty members have an exceptional combination of international work experience at multinational public and private organizations (e.g., the OECD, Novartis in Basel, University of Sheffield, Erasmus University, etc.), research and teaching both abroad and in Hungary. Our faculty members serve as policy advisors to global health care corporations, public decision-makers and international professional societies (e.g. International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research).

The MSc programme also benefits from the experiences of the members of our International Advisory Board. Our international exposure guarantees the transferability of knowledge and skills learned here to different health care systems and technologies.

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board was set up in 2010 with the purpose of helping the DHPE to meet international standards in its programmes and extend its international relationships. Members of the IAB are also to contribute to the education of the master programme.

Career opportunities

The master programme prepares students for career positions in both the private and public sector. This includes health administration (e.g., health ministries, local governments, health insurance organizations, etc.), manufacturers and retailers of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, public and private health care providers, voluntary health insurance funds, commercial insurance companies, non-profit organizations, educational and research institutions, as well as the media.

Job examples

policy advisor in the ministry of health; market access manager at an international pharmaceutical company; analyst at a health technology analysis institute; manager at a health fund; strategic director at a health insurance company

Further comments

Applicants should have a BA/BBA degree in any of the following areas: social science, public health studies, health administration, health sciences, economics, business administration or a medical degree.