The University of Birmingham has a strong tradition in the field of Health Economics, with research and teaching in this field spanning some 30 years. The Health Economics Unit seeks to inform policy and resource allocation in the NHS and to guide research methodology through undertaking, promoting and facilitating high quality health economics research.
The Health Economics Unit currently receives core funding from the NIHR, it is one of the main health economics centres in the UK and provides the only major grouping of health economists within the Midlands area. The Unit’s large and robust programme of rigorously-conducted applied research combined with unique research strengths in the methodological area of modelling and a world-leading innovative programme of research on evaluative spaces and the capability approach differentiates its expertise and research direction from the other main health economic centres in the UK. Further, the research conducted contributes hugely to the NHS and NIHR at both national and local levels.
Further, the unit has an extensive teaching and learning programme aimed at building health economics research capacity and providing skills for people working in the health sector. Our activity in this area incorporates a PhD programme, postgraduate study opportunities at MSc / Diploma level, undergraduate teaching for trainee doctors and economics students, and continuing professional development courses and workshops.