MPhil Health Economics

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) is a premier and internationally reputed school of research and learning in economics, established in 1957. PIDE is devoted to theoretical and empirical research in Development Economics in general and on Pakistan-related economic issues in particular. Over the past 58 years, PIDE has earned an international reputation and recognition for its research. Since 2006 it is offering academic programmes with world class standard quality education through its foreign qualified faculty and state of the art studying environment at affordable cost.

Department of Health Economics was established in 2012, and associated with the Centre for Population, Health and Social Policy (CPHSP) at PIDE. Health Economics is a rapidly developing field with high importance worldwide. The M.Phil. in Health Economics programme is a two years (Four Semesters) academic programme, and introduces students to the ways in which economic principles and concepts can be applied to the analysis of decisions by consumers, firms and governments regarding health and healthcare. The students are trained to measure economic impacts of diseases and interventions; evaluating the cause-effect relationships between care-seeking behaviour and the specific attributes of individuals and health systems; economic efficiency of resource utilizations by governments, individuals and health institutions; guide the choices in public health interventions; assess macroeconomic nexus of disease, development, poverty and globalisation; assess health systems’ performance for policy advice.

The programme offers the students an opportunity to develop strong health economic evaluation and analytical skills to start their careers in national and international health organisations both in public and private sectors. Graduates can go on to work in government departments, research units, universities, national health services and health care organisations, and pharmaceutical industry. Last but not the least; pursue a higher academic degree (PhD) abroad.
Those who have completed 16 years of education (master and/or BS honours degree) from an HEC recognized national or international university, with a minimum of 2.5 CGPA (out of 4 in semester system) or 2nd Division (annual system) are eligible to apply for this programme.

PIDE has very experienced core and adjunct faculty members who received training from renowned national and international universities such as Stanford University, The Johns Hopkins University, The Ohio State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Columbia University, The New School University, and University of California in USA; the Australian National University in Australia; University of Groningen in the Netherlands; University of Bradford, University of Kent, University of Cardiff, University of Bristol, University of York and University of Warwick in UK, University of Siena in Italy; and Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University, International Islamic University and Peshawar University in Pakistan.

PIDE has a very resourceful library that contains text books, journals and reports on economics and health. PIDE also provides state of the art computing facilities for students through three computer labs. PIDE students are also provided with opportunities to attend conferences, workshops and seminars at PIDE and other institutes/universities. Students are also actively involved in ongoing research projects at CPHSP PIDE.
Eligibility Criteria for M. Phil Health Economics

Candidate should have completed 16 years of education (Master or BS honors degree) from an HEC recognized national or international university, with a minimum of 2.5 CGPA (semester system) or 2nd Division (annual system). The candidates awaiting results for Master or Honors degrees may also apply for admission. Their admission is conditional on obtaining at least 2nd Division (annual system)/2.5 CGPA (semester system) in their respective BS honors/Master programs.

Academic Program:

Total Credit Hours: 36
Core Course Credit hrs: 12
Elective Course Credit hrs: 12
Research Work/Thesis: 12
Duration: 2 years (with the provision of one-year extension)
04 Core and 04 Elective Courses

Semester wise program structure
S. NoCourseCreditsSemester
1 Core-I 3 Semester-I
2 Core-II 3 Semester-I
3 Elective -I 3 Semester-I
4 Elective-II 3 Semester-I
5 Core-III 3 Semester-II
6 Core-IV 3 Semester-II
7 Elective-III 3 Semester-II
8 Elective-IV 3 Semester-II
9 Thesis 12 Semester-III & IV
List of Core & Elective Courses
Course CodeCourseCreditsCourse Type
HE-660 Health Economics, financing and Health Insurance 3 Core Course
HE-690 Research Methods and Techniques 3 Core Course
HE-670 Decision Modeling for Health Economic Evaluation. 3 Core Course
HE-650 Biostatistics 3 Core Course
HE-780 Issues in Public Health and Economics Challenges 3 Elective Course
HE-708 Economics of Social Policy 3 Elective Course
HE-720 Hospital Management 3 Elective Course
HE-730 Health Technology Assessment 3 Elective Course
HE-735 Pharmaceutical Economics 3 Elective Course
HE-775 Ethics in Health Care 3 Elective Course
HE-745 Economics of International Health 3 Elective Course
HE-680 Health Policy and Planning 3 Elective Course