OverviewMaster's Student Discussion

The M.S. program in Health Economics provides graduate-level training in economics, specifically in the economics of the health care industry. Our M.S. program emphasizes extensive training in mathematical and quantitative analysis, including substantial exposure to applied econometrics, working with large and diverse data sets, and a wide range of statistical software.

A note about the fall 2020 semester:  The econ graduate programs at CU Denver are on-campus programs.  However, all of our first-semester graduate level economic courses will have a remote learning option in the fall.  This means that you can attend graduate level economics courses at CU Denver in the fall from anywhere in the world.  All you will need is a computer or laptop, a webcam, and a solid internet connection.  This includes international stduents.  Our graduate courses meet at 5:00pm or 6:30pm (mountain standard time) on Mondays/Wednesdays or on Tuesdays/Thursdays.  Most professors will want students to attend class online, and take online exams, during the regular class time.  Given your time zone, you should decide if attending class remotely is a practical option for you.  Many of the required courses after the first semester will be on-campus only and so students will not be able to complete the entire degree via remote learning.

International students do not need to be in the U.S. or have an F-1 visa to register for and attend classes remotely in the fall 2020 semester. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the M.S. degree in Health Economics, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the economic approach to studying the healthcare sector, health behaviors, and health outcomes.
  2. Understand how different markets function in the health care sector, such as the market for health care, health insurance, health labor (such as physicians and nursing), and pharmaceuticals.
  3. Understand the challenges in identifying causal relationships using health data. 
  4. Use and develop statistical and econometric models, based on economic theory, to analyze various economic issues and make policy recommendations.

A Multidisciplinary Program

The M.S. in Health Economics builds off the strengths of the Economics Department, which is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy (HSMP), which is housed in the Colorado School of Public Health, allowing students to take courses on both the downtown Denver and Anschutz Medical campuses. The curriculum equips students with an applied interdisciplinary skill set that integrates creative knowledge with the technical expertise that is in demand in the health care industry, enhancing their career and professional development, and provides those pursuing advanced degrees an edge in gaining admission to top-flight Ph.D. programs.

A Bridge to a Ph.D. in Health Economics

The first-year courses in the M.S. program are the same as those in the Ph.D. in Health Economics program.  Students admitted to the M.S. program may apply to the Ph.D. program in their second year.  If admitted to the Ph.D. program in Health Economics, students can apply courses taken as an M.S. student towards their Ph.D., earning both degrees in as few as four years.

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