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M.Sc. in Health Economics

The programme of the M.Sc. in Health Economics is by Courses and Dissertation

Admission Requirements

      1. Candidates for the Master of Science Degree in Health Economics must satisfy the University of Khartoum general regulations and requirements for admission and registration for Masters Degrees.
      2. Applications are acceptable from:
            i. Holders of B.Sc. (Honours) in Economics or Econometrics & Social Statistics from the University of Khartoum or from equivalent universities.
           ii. Holders of Non-economics B.Sc. (Honours) Degrees in relevant medical and health disciplines but with relevant and acceptable work experience.
          iii. Holders of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics with grade (Good = 60% overall average) as a minimum requirement.

Programme Objectives
  Objectives of the M.Sc. Health Economics are as follows:
      1. To enhance knowledge and skills in applying appropriate tools of economic analysis in the study and evaluation of inputs, processes and outcomes of health care and health care systems.
      2. To acquaint students with the economic logic and reasoning behind health sector policy and health system reforms.
      3. To equip students with the necessary techniques for evaluating the organisation and financing of health care systems.
      4. To build capacity in the decision making process in the health sector.

The M.Sc. Programme Structure
   The M.Sc. in Health Economics encompasses both taught courses as well as a dissertation. The taught courses are delivered within three semesters preceded by a 6-week preparatory crash course sessions. Semester one and two provide compulsory courses that render the student competent in analysing modern health care systems. Semester three provides a range of optional courses from which students should select three courses. During this semester each student should simultaneously engage in developing his/her proposal for the dissertation in close consultation with the programme coordinator and the potential advisor/supervisor.


Dissertation Writing and Submission
   Semester four is entirely reserved for the writing, submission and defense of the students' dissertations. Dissertations should be written on relevant topics that have been approved by the Scientific Board of the Health Economics Centre. Dissertations should not be of less than 10,000 words in length and should be prepared under the supervision of a competent economist possibly aided by a co-supervisor specializing in the students' chosen field.

Assessment and Award of the Degree
   Student performance will be assessed by a three-hour written examination on all subjects at the end of each semester. Course works comprises 10% of the total marks assigned to each subject. The Dissertation accounts for a quarter of the total credit hours required for the award of the M.Sc. degree. The degree is approved by the Centre's Scientific Board and the Research Board of the Faculty of Economic & Social Studies and finally to be approved by the Senate of the University of Khartoum.


The current M.Sc. Health Economics Programme

   The above designed structure of the M.Sc. Health Economics Programme in which students were grouped in A and B according to their basic academic background was applied to Batch One students and it is no longer applicable.

    Since 2006, from Batch Two and currently the programme was restructured with some changes in the admission requirements, course structure and the dissertation requirement.

The M.Sc. in Health Economics is by Courses and Dissertation

Admission Requirements

     1. Candidates for the Master of Science Degree in Health Economics must satisfy the University of Khartoum general regulations and requirements for admission and registration for Masters Degrees.
     2. Applications are acceptable from:
        i. Holders of B.Sc. (Honours) in Economics or Econometrics & Social Statistics from the University of Khartoum or from equivalent universities.
        ii. Holders of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics with grade (Good = 60% overall average) as a minimum requirement.

Programme Objectives
  Objectives of the M.Sc. Health Economics are as follows:
       1. To enhance knowledge and skills in applying appropriate tools of economic analysis in the study and evaluation of inputs, processes and outcomes of health care and health care systems.
       2. To acquaint students with the economic logic and reasoning behind health sector policy and health system reforms.
       3. To equip students with the necessary techniques for evaluating the organisation and financing of health care systems.
       4. To build capacity in the decision making process in the health sector.

The M.Sc. Programme Structure
   The M.Sc. Health Economics Degree takes two years - four semesters. The compulsory courses are to be taken in semester one and semester two. The optional courses are to be taken in semester three. The Dissertation (complementary scientific Research paper) is to start in semester three and to be submitted by the end of semester four.

Dissertation (Complementary Scientific Research Paper)
   Semester four is entirely reserved for the writing, and submission of the complementary Scientific Research Paper. The paper should be written on relevant topics that have been approved by the Scientific Board of the Health Economics Centre. Scientific Research Paper should not exceed 10,000 words in length and should be prepared under the supervision of a competent economist possibly aided by a co-supervisor specializing in the students' chosen field. The paper is approved upon acceptance and recommendation of the supervisor.

Assessment and Award of the Degree
    Student performance will be assessed by a three-hour written examination on all subjects at the end of each semester. Course works comprises 75% of the total marks assigned to each subject. Scientific Research Paper accounts for 25% the total (contact) hours required for the award of the M.Sc. degree. The degree is approved by the Centre's Scientific Board and the Research Board of the Faculty of Economic & Social Studies and finally to be approved by the Senate of the University of Khartoum. More than 30 students graduated from the Centre with the award of MSc. in Health Economics.