In Hanoi (Vietnam) the University of Heidelberg has opened a one-year postgraduate Master of Science course on health economics. The course is run in collaboration with the National Economics University, Hanoi, under the aegis of Heidelberg University's Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health. The Heidelberg consortium was successful in its application to organise the World Bank-funded teaching project against keen competition from Europe, Australia and Thailand.
The course is targeted at doctors and also academics from other disciplines with at least two years' professional experience of Vietnam's health care system. A selection committee at the University of Heidelberg has chosen 18 participants from more than twice as many applicants. Heidelberg quality standards are the operative criterion both in the selection process and in the examinations.
The course is divided up into nine teaching units, eight of which are taught by professors and lecturers from the University of Heidelberg. The University of Leeds, a partner in the consortium, has been sub-commissioned to teach a unit on health planning. Under the guidance of a tutor, each participant in the course conducts a scientific study alongside the course tuition proper. It is thus logical (though unusual for Germany) that successful students will be awarded a M.Sc. degree from Heidelberg University.
The postgraduate course is designed to provide participants with the necessary theoretical and methodological know-how enabling them to undertake a scientific analysis of economic aspects of their own health care system. In a country with limited resources it is especially crucial to get the priorities right and avoid inefficiencies in the care system. A further focus is on the financing of health systems, notably via health insurance. The course builds on comparisons between existing health care systems in different countries of the world.
Please address any inquiries to:
Prof. Dr. Rainer Sauerborn
Abteilung Tropenhygiene und öffentliches Gesundheitswesen
phone: 06221/565344 or 565038, fax: 565948
More general inquiries from journalists may also be addressed to
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317