The news was recently shared that the University of Sheffield will no longer run its MSc Economics & Health Economics course. If there was ever a time that this course is important, it is now. Please sign the petition below to encourage the university to reinstate the course.
You can read about the course on the University’s website. It was jointly run by the Department of Economics and the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). Herein lay its value. It was one of only a few Masters courses in the UK that equipped students with a solid foundation in economics and applied training in a health economist’s day-to-day work.
The reasons for the university’s decision to terminate the course have not been formally shared. My guess is that the reasons relate to the commercial value of a course that has – on average – enrolled just 6 or 7 students each year.
Please sign the petition below if you think that the course should be reinstated. Please also consider adding a comment to this blog post, especially if you are a past student, a current employee of the University of Sheffield, or somebody who has worked with graduates from the course.
Your email address will not be used for any purpose other than confirming your identity in relation to this petition (please check your spam). It will not be shared with any third party and you will not be added to any mailing lists.
- 2021-04-12: Having reached our initial target of 104 signings, I have submitted our petition to the department heads. Please continue to sign the petition. I will re-submit it as we reach new milestones (e.g. 200, 500, 1 million).
- 2021-05-04: Prof Steve McIntosh, head of the department of economics, has agreed that I can share his email response:
Despite having to pause some activity due to the current pandemic we would like to continue teaching this important specialism. We are looking to refresh how we teach our Masters Programmes in the future to give our students the best possible experience – including being part of a diverse cohort of peers. Whilst this might mean that this is no longer run as a stand alone course, the important content that our graduates have benefitted from will still exist – if in a slightly different format. ScHARR will also continue to run the Health Economics and Decision Modelling Masters Programme, which contains a lot of the same content.
I hope this reassures you that we are committed to teaching a well rounded curriculum both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, which is reviewed regularly to ensure we provide high-quality teaching to our students, and includes health economics as well as other important global issues.
We wish our alumni from the programme all the best for the future and hope they are able to stay in touch with us in the years ahead.Prof Steve McIntosh, 28th April 2021
- 2021-05-09: Please continue to sign the petition! One way we can help to make the case for continuing the course is by demonstrating the success of its graduates. In particular, we can make information about graduates’ careers more readily accessible to any faculty members who need ammunition in their defence of the course. You can help with this even if you are not a graduate of the course. For instance, you can help by increasing membership of this LinkedIn group, either by joining yourself (if you are a graduate) or inviting others to do so. Please also share with me the name of any alumnus who has an author page on RePEc and I will add them to this list. If you graduated from the course and you have not registered on RePEc, you can do so here.