Health economics has become increasingly relevant as healthcare costs continue to rise and limited resources must be allocated effectively. As the healthcare sector becomes more complex, it is essential to carefully communicate economic aspects of healthcare to policy makers, healthcare providers, and patients. Being able to causally identify and understand the economic impact of various healthcare policies and interventions is critical both for ensuring that resources are used efficiently and distributed in a fair and equitable manner. More importantly, understanding the principles of health economics can support informed decision-making that leads to improved health outcomes and sustainable healthcare delivery.
Despite the increasing need for health economists in public decision making and the growing demand for them in the pharmaceutical sector, training opportunities in Switzerland remain scarce. This is partly due to the interdisciplinary nature of health economics, which makes it challenging to incorporate into traditional economics departments. To address this, we propose starting a new interdisciplinary Master's program that will be accessible to students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds, including those with natural and medical sciences training. The curriculum will not only introduce students to the latest advancements in health economics, but also provide them with the core health economics skills and competencies required in the job market.