MS Health

The M.Sc. in Health Economics and Health Care Management is a one year international programme.  It accepts students with varied backgrounds in health sciences, social sciences, administration and other fields.  The course progresses from basic economics to very practical applications in the health area at international scope.  The programme which is internationally recognized can attract foreign students from all over the world every years.

Field visits are arranged at appropriate times during the year to provide direct knowledge and experience of special disease or health care problems, and of ongoing initiatives to improve health care management.

The programme also collaborates with the faculty’s Centre for Health Economics (CHE), a WHO Collaborating Centre since 1993 and member of the Asia Pacific Health Economics Network (APHEN) as well as the Asia Pacific Network in Health Systems Strengthening, or ANHSS (formerly known as the Asia Network for Capacity Building in Health Systems Strengthening).

Academic Terms

The programme commences in August each year and finishes the following July.  The programme normally runs from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. during working hours only.

Tuition Fee

Compulsory Expenses Thai student
(Thai Baht)
Foreign student
(Thai Baht)
Foreign student
(US Dollar)*
1. Application fee 200 200 6.23
2. Admission fee 800 800 24.92
3. Tuition and fee 240,000 255,000 7944.57
4. Field trip 15,000 15,000 467.33
Total 256,000 271,000 8443.05
Estimated Additional Expenses**  
1. Book and Supplies 16500 16500 514.06
2. Accommodations*** 360,000 11,215.86
3. Meals and Personal Expenses 300,000† 9,346.55
Total 676500 21076.47

*These are estimated expenses in US Dollar by using the Bank of Thailand’s average selling rate on
January 11, 2019 at 32.0974 Baht/US$ 1. This is for reference purpose only. The final exchange rate
depends on the daily rate in which the transfer is made.
**Estimated additional expenses paid by students excluding roundtrip airfare.
*** This is an estimated figure based on average monthly rent of 30,000 Baht/month around
Chulalongkorn University campus. However, the actual rent may vary depending on the type of
accommodation and location. Most rental apartments in Thailand require 3-6 months rents as
deposit and at least 1-year contract. It is student’s responsibility to prepare his/her
accommodation and do the reservation in advance before his/her arrival in Thailand.
Accommodation list would be provided by the program upon request.
†The estimated living expenses will be approximately THB 25,000 per months (3 meals per day,
transportation costs, and personal expenses), excluding accommodation and luxury items.
Additional Notes:
(1) There always is additional bank fee when transferring money to Thailand. It is student’s
responsibility to pay for this fee. For reference, Siam Commercial Bank quotes a bank fee of no
more than 500 Baht for each transfer as of January 11, 2019.
(2) Students are responsible to buy health insurance from their home countries with the coverage
spanning the entire period of their stay in Thailand. Students could seek primary health care at
the University Health Center at small fee, however.

Payment method

Account Name :                      Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University

Account Number :                   403-494540-4

Swift code:                              SICOTHBK

Bank Name and Address :       The Siam Commercial Bank, Chulalongkorn University Branch

254 Phayathai Road, Wangmai Sub District, Phathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND

Program Committee

  • Asst. Prof. Touchanun Komonpaisarn, Ph.D.                           Program Director
  • Prof. Pirom Kamol-ratanakul, MD.                                            Program Advisor
  • Asst. Prof. Chanetwallop Nicholas Khumthong                        Program Advisor
  • Prof. Siripen Supakunkanti, Ph.D.                                            Program Advisor
  • Assoc. Prof. Paitoon Kraipornsak, Ph.D.                                  Program Committee
  • Asst. Prof. Netnapa Khumthong                                               Program Committee
  • Pirus Pradithavanij, M.D., FACHE                                            Program Committee
  • Asst. Prof. Kannika Damrongplasit, Ph.D.                                Program Secretary

Admission

Application Form(Click here)
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Contact Us

M.Sc. in Health Economics and Health Care Management

Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University

254 Phayathai Rd., Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Tel. (66-2) 218 6298, Fax. (66-2) 218 6212

E-mail : mschecon@chula.ac.th

Curriculum

The curriculum comprises eight coursework modules and a thesis. Each module runs for four weeks and encompasses both theory and applications to health sector problem-solving, with individual and group exercises and assignments.

First Trimester

2950631 Economic Analysis and Applications in the Health Sector I [August]

This course is designed to prepare a non-economist to apply microeconomic theories and tools to health systems, to health care consumer behaviour and to health care provider perspective.

2950632 Economic Analysis and Applications in the Health Sector II [September]

This course is designed for a non-economist to understand public economics, macroeconomic concepts, the role of health as an engine for economic growth and in international trade and to apply these tools towards the applications in the health care sector.

2950633 Health Care Systems, Financing and Socio-economic Development (Health Care Financing)** [October]

This course aims to enable participants to analyze recent efforts in developing countries to finance and organize health care and to apply methods of economic and policy analysis to health care financing in the context of socio-economic development.

2950638 Statistics for Health Economics [November]

This course introduces the statistical tools necessary for analyzing health care systems using quantitative data, with emphasis on empirical applications using microcomputers. The covers methods from simple regression to time series analysis.

Second Trimester

2950636 Economic Analysis and Evaluation of Health Care Services** [December]

This course explores the nature, purpose and limitations of economic analysis and evaluation; public and private perspectives; measurement and valuation; analysis of costs, performance and effectiveness; cost-effectiveness and cost benefit analysis; inequality and equity.

2950653 Health Policy and Planning [January]

Issues, elements and components related to the multi-dimensional aspects of health planning and policy formulation, whereby varieties of information, tools of analysis, problem defining and analysis techniques, strategy formation, organisation of socio-political participation and implementation processes and designing of monitoring and evaluation processes are put in place to concoct a systematic blueprint of what and how health status should and can be achieved, parts and parcel of the arsenal of policy and planning procedure and measures will include management expertise, political and civil society elements of governances, techniques of epidemiological methods, health measurement indices, input-output matrices for building up information and the continuous development of health and public policy formation and delivery.

2950648 Health Care Service Management [February]

Theory and concepts of health management, competition and corporate strategies, marketing, financial accounting and management, operation management and organization effectiveness, health care industry and policy analysis, negotiation, communication and medical informatics.

2950700 Health Economics Research Methods [March]

This course covers the key principles of health economics research, including the roles of questions, hypotheses, theories in the research process, with critical review of research design and methodologies; this leads to preparation of a research proposal.

Third Trimester

2950811 Thesis [April-July]

Students write a thesis, worth 12 credits, on a topic of their choice under the guidance of an advisor as well as a thesis committee, which is assigned by the executive programme committee. Students usually get started as early as the first trimester and must pass their oral examination and complete their thesis by the end of the third trimester to be able to graduate within one year. Evidence that the thesis or a part thereof has been published or has been accepted for publication has to be submitted prior to graduation or has been accepted for presentation in an academic conferences of which complete proceedings are produced afterwards.

Intensive Course

Students with no undergraduate-level education in economics will need to attend preparatory intensive courses prior to the start of the first trimester. These preparatory courses usually run from the third week of March to the end of May and teach students the basics of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematics and Statistics.

Scholarships/Fellowships

Fellowships are not available from Chulalongkorn University. However, a number of organizations have indicated that they may support suitable candidates, including the World Health Organization, the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), UNICEF, IDRC, the British Council, DFID, SIDA, GTZ, TICA. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from their Ministry of Health, from international agencies, or to consult with the WHO Representative’s office in their own country.