Health economics and policy, Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
International doctoral courses in Health Economics and Policy are offered in English by the universities of Berne, Geneva, Lausanne and Lugano. The programme comprises advanced and highly specialised courses in health economics and policy.


Applicants must be candidates for a PhD in Economics registered at one of the member universities of SSPH+ or a university with which an agreement exists. Also eligible are people who already hold a PhD in Economics and have specialist knowledge of microeconomics and economics.

Core topics: Health economics, Health policy and politics, Econometric analysis in health economics, Applied welfare analysis in health, Empirical methods in health economics, Inequalities in health and healthcare,Econometric analysis of healthcare demand.

Further details are available on the web site under teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Participants can be:

  • Students registered at one of the Swiss Universities (Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano, Neuchtel, St.Gallen, Zurich) as a regular PhD student. The courses are part of the doctoral program of these universities.
  • PhD students from universities outside Switzerland can attend courses of their choice among those offered with the agreement of these universities to include them in their doctoral program. Students enrolled in the program will pursue a PhD program in economics in their own University and benefit from the health economics and policy focused curriculum offered by the SSPH+ as a specialisation program. Successful applicants of the PhD program will have to fulfil the admission requirements for the doctoral program in economics at the university granting the title they pursue.
  • Researchers with a PhD in economics or in a related discipline as well as other health researchers with an interest in health economics.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Applying for Admission to the Ph.D. Programme

We encourage applications from highly qualified candidates. Admission to the Ph.D. programme is competitive. Each year we receive many strong applications from around the world. Applicants are admitted based on their research interests and experience, potential for success in the programme, and compatibility with current needs of the Faculty.

The official language of the Ph.D. programme is English. Students must be able to demonstrate fluency in English prior to admission.

The Ph.D. programme is governed by regulations adopted by the Faculty.
In order to be admitted, the applicant must have completed a Master's degree in computer science, informatics, or a closely related field prior to joining the program (but not necessarily prior to applying to the programme).

Applications for admission to the Ph.D. programme are reviewed two times per year. Admission is typically for the Fall semester (commencing in September)

Tuition Fee


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