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MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing

Financing health is becoming a global challenge from providing universal coverage in low income countries to managing the ever-increasing public health expenditure in developed economies.

Health policy is concerned with fundamental health-related questions of the society: to whom, what health services at what quality, how frequently and at what cost should be provided? The Health Policy, Planning and Financing program will introduce students to the theory and practice of health policies. This special area requires complex interdisciplinary knowledge.

The program is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of health care systems both at macro and micro levels within the context of technological development, ageing and patient expectations. The program encourages critical thinking and teaches students how to solve problems on the market of health care from an economic point of view, and how to evaluate health policies, public health programs as well as regulations using the economic toolkit. Students will be able to use their practical and theoretical knowledge in health policy and health economics to analyse and solve health service and health care problems.

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Core courses

 

The core courses provide a general methodological basis for the programme. In the first block, there are six mandatory courses covering both economics, statistics and health policy:

  • Advanced Microeconomics,
  • Applied Statistics,
  • Introduction to health economics
  • Healthcare law and ethics
  • Health Policy and Public Health and
  • Sociology of Health

The other block consists of five courses addressing a specific field of health policy:

  • Health Care Financing,
  • Health informatics
  • Public Health Strategy, Projects and Assessment
  • Statistical methods in healthcare analyses and
  • Controlling in Non-Business Organizations

 

Planned Specialisations

 

The HPPF programme offers specialisations in one area. This specialisation is:

Specialization in Health Economics

The health economic specialisation allows students to focus on health economic analysis and pharmacoeconomics and to develop analytical skills in quantitative research methods as well as in health technology assessment. Students will benefit from the daily interactions with the research staff at the Department of Health Economics, including specialists in health economics, outcome research, public health and health technology assessment. Students will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects while writing their dissertation.

Specialisation courses:

  • Health economics
  • Valuation of health
  • Healthcare marketing
  • Survey research methods in healthcare
  • Health economic modelling and
  • Pharmacoeconomics and Health Technology Assessment

 

 

Career opportunities

 

Upon the completion of the HPPF programme, graduates may choose from several career opportunities. Graduates gain skills, which will allow them to work in health administration, government departments, research and consultancy agencies, universities, national health services, health care organisations and pharmaceutical and medical device industry.

 

Admission requirements

1, A Bachelor’s degree

Applicants are required to present an authenticated copy of at least a BA/BSc degree both in the original language and in English, as well as an official copy of the transcript of their studies. Graduating students need to send their certificates after the defense of the thesis work.

(PLEASE NOTE: THE DEGREES ARE ONLY ACCEPTED IF THEY ARE DIPLOMATICALLY VERIFIED/APOSTILLED)

2, Successful entrance exam

3, Language requirements

The English-language skills of applicants are tested in the entrance exam, which is an oral exam, and, therefore, a certificate proving the English-language skills of the applicants is not required to be enclosed in the application package.

The application procedure

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICANTS WITH HUNGARIAN CITIZENSHIP (INCLUDING DUAL CITIZENSHIP) MUST APPLY THROUGH THIS LINK UNTIL FEBRUARY 15.

https://www.felvi.hu/

The Faculty welcomes applications the entire academic year.

Application deadline: 15th of March 2019.

(Till that deadline the application fee should be paid also.)

The program is launched on the first week of September each year.

Application package

  • A completed application form
  • An authenticated copy of the BA/BSc degree - (PLEASE NOTE: THE DEGREES ARE ONLY ACCEPTED IF THEY ARE DIPLOMATICALLY VERIFIED/APOSTILLED) - THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT HAS TO BE PRESENTED AT THE ENROLMENT
  • An official transcript of studies
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A motivation letter
  • A copy of applicant’s passport
  • A copy of receipt proving payment of application fee

Application packages have to be sent in an electronic form to economics(at)uni-corvinus.hu or by post to Corvinus University of Budapest (1093 Budapest Fővám tér 8. room number 191). by the application deadline provided on the Faculty’s website. Successful candidates receive the certificate of acceptance in online form via E-mail, as well as in hard copy via post so that, in case it is applicable, the visa application procedure can be started in time.

Application fee: 110 EUR - to be paid by the 15th of March 2019. 

How to pay the application fee?

Name of the bank: Magyar Államkincstár Rt., 71 Váci út, 1139 Budapest, Hungary
Account number: 10032000-00282857-00000000
Name of the account holder: Corvinus University of Budapest, Corvinus School of Economics
Address: 8 Fővám tér, 1093 Budapest, Hungary
Swift code: MANE.HUHB
IBAN (International Banking Account Number): HU74 1003 2000 0028 2857 0000 0000
Name of transfer: „FEC-CUB-327 000”

The application fee is non-refundable.

Degree acknowledgement

You also have to request Corvinus University of Budapest to acknowledge your degree certificate as valid to study in Hungary.

The fee of the request is 15,000 HUF (you have to pay it in Hungarian Forint, we cannot make any exceptions).

You should only start the request procedure after you receive conditional acceptance.

More info on this will be uploaded soon.

The entrance exam

Entrance exam to the Master’s Program consist of the following:

1. Concept paper

The applicant will receive a short article and a few tasks that need to be complited within 24 hours. This is a written assignment. Only those are invited to the interview who successfully complete the concept paper.

2. A telephone or Skype interview. (Only those are invited to the interview who successfully complete the concept paper.)

The purpose of the interview is to assess applicants’ basic command of base subjects and disciplines of the programme (such as economic and statistical foundations of health policy) and their verbal competences, as well as to learn about their motivation for joining a program. Interviews are evaluated, among others, on the basis of how successful applicants are in communicating their ideas, what career plans they have in mind or how they think they can benefit from the Master’s program in order to meet their future goals.

The concept paper writing task will take place during 21-26 March 2019. You will be informed about the exact date before the exam. The time of the oral exams is 1-12 April 2019. You will be notified about the exact time of your interview during 26-27 March.

Tuition fee

400,000 HUF tuition fee + 250,000 HUF language fee for EEA-students and 2500 EUR for non-EEA students per semester.

Payment terms

  • Please transfer the tuition fee for the two semesters of the next academic year until the end of June to our bank account. (For EU citizens, as they do not need residence permit, only one semester tuition fee has to be paid by the given deadline.)
  • Please note that registration is conditional upon the receipt of the fee.
  • If the tuition fee for two semesters does not arrive by the end of June, we will not be able to send a letter of acceptance to you about the arrival of the payment, which you need for the residence permit application at our Embassy.
  • Please note that the university is unable to offer postponement of payment, or to provide an installment payment scheme.
  • How to pay your tuiton fee?

Name of the bank: Magyar Államkincstár Rt., 71 Váci út, 1139 Budapest, Hungary
Account number: 10032000-00282857-00000000
Name of the account holder: Corvinus University of Budapest, Corvinus School of Economics
Address: 8 Fővám tér, 1093 Budapest, Hungary
Swift code: MANE.HUHB
IBAN (International Banking Account Number): HU74 1003 2000 0028 2857 0000 0000
Name of transfer: your name and the following:

MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing

Scholarships

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VISA and residence permit

Successful candidates will receive immediately a notification of acceptance by which their visa application can be accelerated if necessary.

The Faculty can assist in the visa application process.

Read more about health care issues, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to arrive to Hungary by the 1st of September.

Further information

If interested in the MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing programme, please contact us at the following address:

Ms. Éva Zsille

Erasmus coordinator
Phone: +36-1-482-5350
E-mail: economics(at)uni-corvinus.hu

Room 185
8, Fővám tér
Budapest, 1093
Hungary

Programme Management

Programme Director

Prof. Valentin Brodszky

E-mail: valentin.brodszky(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Practical Information

Draft budget

In addition to the tuition fee, you also have to support yourself during your studies in Budapest. You can expect the following costs:

Rent (in a shared apartment): 300-600 EUR/month

Monthly public transport pass for students: 12 EUR/month

Two course menu in the University canteen: 4 EUR

Dinner in a restaurant: 20 EUR + drinks per person

Mug of beer in downtown: 1,5 EUR

Pack of cigarettes: 3,5-4 EUR

One-way train ticket to Lake Balaton: 4 EUR

You can see other practical information here:

Accomodation

Transportation

Visa, residence, permit and address card information

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