Earn an MA in Public Policy from Harris Public Policy and an MSc in Health Economics and Policy from the London School of Economics.

Continuing changes in the global healthcare sector have increased the demand for specialized training in health policy. The Double Executive Master’s in Health Policy was created to prepare health professionals to lead and direct programs and policies in the private, public, and government sectors.

Tailored to serve ambitious, mid-career health professionals around the world looking to transition to leadership roles, the program is designed to complement the body of knowledge of practitioners working in the healthcare and health-related industries with a strong foundation in global health policy and economics.

"Our program allows participants to continue working full-time while pursuing the degree, and to interact with peers from across the globe. Students will transform their international leadership skills through the first transatlantic partnership of two leading global universities."

– Professor Elias Mossialos, Head, Department of Health Policy, LSE

The degree program leverages Harris Public Policy’s expertise in health economics and public policy and the London School of Economics’ (LSE) focus on global health and policy to provide a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing healthcare across the world and how to develop sustainable solutions to address them.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants are awarded a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the Harris Public Policy, and a Master of Science in Health Economics and Policy from LSE. (Visit the LSE degree page.)

How It Works

This program is designed for working professionals. It is set up so you don't need to take a break from your career in order to study, and you can live and work anywhere in the world while participating in the program. 

Each year, you will spend 4-6 weeks in full-time residence: 2-3 weeks in London in the fall and 2-3 weeks in Chicago in the spring each year of the two week program. While there, you will complete an intensive curriculum that covers foundations in global health policy, healthcare economics, analysis of the performance of a variety of heath systems, leadership, negotiation, and healthcare advocacy.

The first year of the program culminates in a capstone course completed during Summer 2019, and the second year concludes in Summer 2020 with with a written dissertation, after which students are awarded both the Harris Public Policy MA and the LSE MsC.

Who Should Enroll

Participants in the program have backgrounds with significant health related work experience, whether in industry, health NGOs in developing countries, global health institutions and organizations, or ministries of health. This includes:

  • Leaders in national and global healthcare organizations

  • Senior state and national public health officials

  • Leaders and managers in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Senior leaders at health insurance companies

  • Administrators and practitioners in state hospital systems

Curriculum

The curriculum leverages Harris Public Policy’s expertise in health economics and public policy and LSE’s focus on global health and policy. It covers foundations in global health policy, healthcare economics, analysis of the performance of a variety of heath systems, leadership, negotiation, and healthcare advocacy.

LSE courses, which lead to the award of a MSc in Health Economics and Policy, focus on financing healthcare, cost-effectiveness analysis, pharmaceutical economics, and systematic review and meta-analysis. Harris courses lead to the award of a MA in Public Policy with a certificate in health policy and will focus on microeconomics, statistics, analytical politics, public policy research and strategies and tactics in health policy.

Module One: LSE, November/December 2018

Global Health Policy

This course will teach students to critically examine global health policy and normative shifts in understanding global health which impact upon it.

Paying for Health Care

This course aims to introduce students to a comparative approach to analyzing the development of health care financing, both in theory and in practice, with an emphasis on critical assessment of current and future policy options and issues.

Evidence Review and Synthesis

Evidence review and synthesis methods (such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses) are increasingly used to evaluate the relative benefits and harms of healthcare interventions.

Module Two: Harris Public Policy, April/May 2019

Microeconomics for Health Policy I

The first of a two-part sequence in microeconomic theory, this course covers the theory of consumer choice, the theory of the firm and the concept of equilibrium.

Statistics for Health Policy

This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of statistical analysis for policy research and leadership. This course makes no assumptions about prior knowledge, apart from basic mathematics skills. Examples will draw on current events and global health debates when possible.

Leadership, Negotiation and Advocacy in Health Policy: Strategies and Tactics

Discusses two major 'soft skills' that are critical to drive successful health policy engagement and reform: Leadership and Negotiation.

Summer 2019

Capstone Project

Led by Harris faculty, this is an intensive experiential learning initiative in which teams of students work under faculty supervision to apply their rigorous program education to resolve actual health policy challenges.

Module Three: LSE, November/December 2019

Cost-Effectiveness in Healthcare

This course will introduce students to the basic notions of economic evaluation including cost-benefit analysis, cost-utility analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis as applied to the health care sector.

Economics of the Pharmaceutical Sector

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the economics of pharmaceutical sector and related policies and practices that affect national and international markets.  The course will provide students with an understanding of basic features of pharmaceutical markets, how pharmaceutical markets work and how competition manifests itself in different parts of pharmaceutical markets. 

Measuring the Performance of Health Services and Systems

Health systems are increasing introducing more systematic ways to assess the performance of health services and health care organizations. This course aims to consider the new opportunities and challenges associated with the measuring the performance of these entities, and using them to improve performance itself.

Module Four: Harris Public Policy, April/May 2020

Analytical Politics: The Policy-Making Process

This course covers the normative foundations of policy making, how strategic interactions give rise to social dilemmas that create room fo public policy to improve social welfare, and how technological, political and institutional factors constrain policymakers and sometimes prevent good policies from being enacted.

Microeconomics for Health Policy II

This second part of a two-course sequence on microeconomics explores why markets and policies can fail to be efficient and what polices and markets may be used to correct these inefficiencies.

Mixed Methods to Public Research

Introduces students to a diverse range of mixed methods approaches to policy research and will provide them with a foundation in multiple disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches.

Summer 2020

Dissertation in Health Economics and Policy

The dissertation could be on any topic in the field of health policy and economics. It should attempt to integrate approaches and knowledge learned across courses and present results to address a health policy, economic issue or a problem identified through the use of either primary or secondary data.

Course Schedule
Application Process and Requirements

Process

The two-year executive double master’s program is tailored to motivated, mid-career professionals who have an interest in health economics, policy and management. Applicants from across the globe are encouraged to apply. Applications for this degree program are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the program will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply. 

Applications are made via the LSE application system, but will be jointly considered by a selection committee from both LSE and Harris.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

  • Academic achievement (demonstrated on your transcripts)

  • Personal statement

  • Two references (either one academic and one professional, or two professional given the executive nature of the programme)

  • CV or resume

Test Scores

A GRE or GMAT score is NOT required.

Other Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree (Upper second class honors, 2:1 in the British system) or equivalent in any relevant academic subject (science, medicine, economics, political science, sociology, other social sciences). 

  • Significant health-related work experience is essential whether in industry, health NGOs in developing countries, global health institutions and organizations, or ministries of health.

  • You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. 

Tuition
  • Tuition: $80,000, which covers the full two years of the program.

  • Tuition covers registration and examination fees, course materials, lectures, classes and individual supervision at both schools. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

  • For this program, there is a pre-registration fee of $2,000 (USD) to secure your place and to gain access to online program materials (this will be deducted from the overall tuition fee).

  • Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for financial support from Harris that may be applied towards cost of attendance at the University of Chicago. See further information on Harris financial support.

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The collaboration between LSE and Harris is expected to involve the development of a two-year Executive double Master’s program tailored for ambitious, mid-career health professionals on both sides of the Atlantic.

FAQs

LSE Dual Degree - Financial Aid

Is financial assistance available for this program?

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for financial support from Harris that may be applied towards their cost of attendance at the University of Chicago. See further information on Harris financial support.

This program is not eligible for LSE’s Graduate Support Scheme as the program is designed for students to continue working and earning a salary while they study.  Further details on funding from LSE.

LSE Dual Degree - Visa Requirements

Will I need a visa to study on this program?

For the modules at the University of Chicago

Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to attend the Chicago-based modules of this program. If this is required, you will need to obtain the appropriate visa through the University of Chicago's Office of International Affairs.

For the modules at LSE

Depending on your nationality you may need a visa to attend the LSE modules. If this is required, you will need to obtain a Short-term Student Visa. Depending on the nationality and circumstances of each student, different visa arrangements may apply for the two overseas modules. We will assist you throughout the admissions process and provide information to those of you who may require visas for the overseas modules. We can supply supporting documents for visa applications. Please see the relevant pages below for further information:

General information for prospective students
Information about Short-term Student Visas and visas for Executive Programmes
 

LSE Dual Degree - Timing

When and where will classes take place?
  • The first module will take place at LSE in November/December 2018.

  • Module two will take place at Harris in April/May 2019.

  • A capstone is to be completed during the summer of 2019.

  • Module thee will take place at LSE in November/December 2019.

  • Module four will take place at Harris in April/May 2020.

  • A dissertation is to be completed during the summer of 2020.

 

 

LSE Dual Degree - Capstone and Dissertation

The program requires a capstone and a dissertation. What's involved with each of those?

Led by faculty from Harris, the capstone project is an intensive experiential learning initiative in which teams of students will work under faculty supervision to resolve actual health policy challenges.

The dissertation can be on any topic in the field of health policy and economics. It should attempt to integrate approaches and knowledge learned across courses and present results to address a health policy, economic issue or a problem identified through the use of either primary or secondary data.