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Centre Of Strategic Health Studies

Beside Ibn Alnafis

Damascus, Syria

Tel/ Fax: 00963 11 514 59 23



Background to the MHEP&F

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The Master of Health Economics, Policy & Finance (MHEP&F) is a new Master Programme set up to strengthen human resources in health in the Arab Republic of Syria and in the region.This Programme is an entirely new development for Syria.

The MHE is a collaborative project between the Centre for Strategic Health Studies (CSHS), Damascus and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK, funded by EU and BMB Mott MacDonald.  LSTM has significant experience of organising postgraduate courses in Syria and the region.  Needs assessments carried out in February and June/July 2007 provided evidence from a range of stakeholders of the relevance of capacity building in health economics in Syria.  For example, the following needs were identified:

  • economic assessment of pharmaceuticals and other health technologies;
  • helping to implement evidence-based strategies that are cost-effective;
  • supporting senior decision-makers with economic analysis;
  • supporting health service managers, including support to economic planning and procurement;
  • supporting the planning and implementation of Social Health Insurance.

The teaching staff will be from UK principally, assisted by CSHS staff to whom increasing responsibility will be transferred over a number of years.

The MHE will, (a) ensure high quality teaching, learning and research through the development of synergies between staff with proven track records of successful teaching and research; (b) provide a programme that is relevant to potential students, employers and that acknowledges the current challenges facing health economics and (c) enhance the quality of the student experience at the CSHS, Damascus.

Career Opportunities
The interdisciplinary nature of the programme reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to work effectively in Health Economics. The graduates of the programme will be qualified to work in a range of health settings and programmes, in regional and national government and in international organisations. Graduates will be equipped to pursue higher level academic qualifications such as PhD.

Entrance Requirements

Academic Requirements
The Master of Health Economics Degree programme is open to university graduates of economics and those with health-related, social science and other relevant disciplines
The programme is taught in English. Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of a proficiency level.