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International Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics
Master | Full Time

International Health Economics & Pharmacoeconomics master’s program

The master’s program in International Health Economics & Pharmacoeconomics (M.Sc.) qualifies you for higher positions in research and education, as well as in the public and private sectors. More than three quarters of your fellow students come from abroad – and this leaves its mark on the course. Here, you will develop a huge set of skills that will equip you for the global challenges expected to face a graduate of health economics. Alongside internationality and interdisciplinarity, this study program includes a strong application focus.

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Career prospects with your study program

After completing this master’s program, you will have comprehensive knowledge and skills in pharmacoeconomics and health economics as well as large methodological and strategic capabilities. This will open up many promising career prospects for you.

After graduation, you can start a career in all sectors of health and pharmaceutical industries, research, and non-profit organizations. Some of your possible positions are:

  • Market Access
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Data/Business Analytics
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Health Economic and Outcome Research (HEOR)

You can also continue your academic career and pursue a doctorate.

Your study program in detail

Become an expert in licensing processes and pricing, gain the necessary qualifications for more senior roles at public authorities, institutes, or companies in the industry: In this Master’s program, you will not only acquire skills to meet the international requirements for qualified health economists but also familiarize yourself with healthcare systems from many cultural areas, and benefit from an intensive exchange of ideas with your fellow students.

During your studies, you will learn to understand and analyze industry processes from an economic perspective. You will gain a broad know-how about methods such as statistics and cost-benefit analysis. And you will acquire the knowledge and skills to be aware of how healthcare systems are established and funded, which political and regulatory factors play a role in the licensing of new drugs and medical devices, and how pricing structures work. Some of the topics, you can expect, are:

  • Economic theory for healthcare
  • Global healthcare systems
  • Health policy and healthcare delivery
  • Epidemiology and public health
  • Global health product development and regulations
  • Market strategies for international healthcare
  • Pricing and reimbursement

In addition to internationality and interdisciplinarity, the master’s program in International Health Economics & Pharmacoeconomics (M.Sc.) is characterized by its strong application focus: Specific health economic tools and methods and a twelve-week residency placement combined with an academic project in the third semester provide you with a comprehensive foundation for continued scientific work in academic institutions or research-oriented organizations within the pharmaceutical or medtech industry.

Additionally, all the knowledge and skills you acquire in your classes have practical relevance and can be applied to everyday working life. Throughout your studies you write numerous semester papers, a project report, and a master’s thesis. These are not just for research purposes but also deal with topics highly relevant to the healthcare industry.

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Admission requirements

To be admitted to the master’s study program in International Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics (M.Sc.) at Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, you need to fulfil the following admission requirements:

You must have completed a bachelor’s study program with at least 180 credit points

You must have proven English language skills at Level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or 62 points in a PTE Academic English test.

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