About the program

The program

The program offers advanced courses in health economics and policy with leading international experts. The courses provide advanced and practical training in the analytical tools required to address pertinent research questions in health economics along with insights and examples from current developments in the field. The program comprises 6 courses. The program offers 9 courses offered in a 1.5 year timespan. The qualification “Specialisation in Health Economics” is awarded if a student successfully completes 6 courses (18 ECTS).

The cost of the total program is 1'500 EUR, individual courses cost 300 EUR.

The objectives

The program is open for PhD students from Swiss as well as foreign universities who wish to enhance their specific knowledge and sharpen capabilities in the field of health economics and policy. Researchers with a PhD in economics and related disciplines as well as health researchers with a significant interest in economics can also be admitted.


Doctoral Program Entry Requirements

Applicants of the International Doctoral Courses in Health Economics and Policy need to:

  • be registered as candidates of a PhD in economics or in a related discipline
  • demonstrate sufficient proficiency in microeconomics, and
  • demonstrate sufficient proficiency in econometrics or statistics.

A full résumé will have to be submitted to the administration of the program in order to provide evidence and to support the application. A final decision with regards to admission will be taken after a thorough and individual assessment of the application.

Access to the Program and to Individual Courses

The program represents a specialization for economists. Priority will thus be given to PhD students in economics taking the full program. Other students wishing to follow part of the program, particularly students undertaking health research with a significant economic component are also encouraged to apply. Individual courses can be taken by other candidates upon approval of the Director of the program.


Application procedures


  • Full survey / CV

Please be aware that the board can accept or decline your request to enroll or decide to ask for further documentation to support your candidacy.



Three weeks before the start of the course