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McMaster offers a wide-range of education opportunities in health economics at the undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and post-professional levels.

Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities

Students at McMaster can pursue their health economics interests through several graduate programs designed to prepare students for the varied career opportunities open to those with health economics expertise.



McMaster is home to vibrant research programs that span the full range of topics in health economics, the full set of methodological approaches used in health economics, and the continuum from foundational economics science to research that directly informs specific health policy questions.



Links to Departments, Programs and Research Units, involved in Health Economics at McMaster

What is health economics?

Health economics draws together the ideas and tools of various fields of economics including econometrics, public finance, labour market economics, and industrial organization to study the economics of health and health care systems. These are combined with sector-specific institutional knowledge both to study and to contribute policy advice regarding the health sector. Topics are diverse including, for example, tax policy concerning health-related behaviours, payment models for the health workforce, insurance and financing schemes for health care, equity in health and health care, the dynamics of health, and determinants of physical and mental health outcomes.

HEAM to the rescue: the 2021 Redesign of the Canadian Community Health Survey – Wednesday November 1, 3:30 – 5:00pm, CRL B119

The third major redesign of the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) is now underway. One of the major objectives of this redesign is to review and update the survey’s content to ensure that the CCHS remains relevant and continues to be able to respond to emerging data needs.

Oct 13, 2017

HEAM seminar — Wednesday December 6, 3:30 – 5:00pm, CRL B119

Fanor Balderrama: Changes in health differentials between native-born Canadians and Immigrants

Sep 26, 2017

HEAM seminar — Wednesday October 4, 3:30 – 5:00pm, CRL B119

Mia Kibel & Meredith Vanstone: Reconciling ethical and economic conceptions of value in health policy using the capabilities approach: A qualitative investigation of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)

Sep 20, 2017