Global healthcare is in the midst of a historic transition: since the 193 United Nations’ member states officially adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, global spending on healthcare has grown significantly, reaching 10 per cent of global GDP by 2017. In the same period, low-income countries spent $41 per capita on health, compared to $2,937 in high-income countries.*
On the Health Economics and Policy online certificate course, you’ll use economic principles and how they relate to healthcare to explore the challenges facing the industry. You’ll also engage with policy proposals designed to address inequality in the system. Alongside mechanisms such as supply and demand, you’ll gain insight into healthcare financing systems and universal health coverage, and will explore the complexities of the healthcare labour market. Finally, you’ll develop a balanced view of health and social justice, allowing you to assess the inequalities and social determinants of health, and make justifiable decisions regarding fairness in the system.
This course has been designed by faculty from the Department of Health Policy at LSE. Bringing together interdisciplinary research and teaching, the Department aims to influence and improve how health policy is designed, implemented, and evaluated. Experts and alumni from the Department have made substantive contributions to health planning and delivery on the global stage, working as policy specialists in governments, NGOs, and the private sector.
*World Health Organization (2019).
This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 50 hours of learning.