Economics of Cancer Research Symposium, 2nd September 2013
NUI Galway Health Economics Network

NUI Galway Health Economics & Policy Analysis

The Health Economics and Policy Analysis (HEPA) group is located within the Discipline of Economics at NUI Galway. The group forms part of the research network at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, linking with the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, the Lifecourse Institute and the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology.


The aim of the group is to develop and apply economic methods to explore issues relating to health and health care. The skill set of the group, which includes Health Technology Assessment, Applied Health Econometrics, and Health Policy Evaluation, are applied to a range of issues including: ageing, dementia, disability, mental health, chronic disease, cancer, and obesity. While the emphasis is on peer-reviewed academic output, the research is mainly of an applied nature and members of the group are contributing to policy formulation in a range of areas. The group have extensive links with clinical and social science researchers at NUI Galway, as well as being engaged in active collaborations with colleagues in national and international organisations. Current research projects include those funded by  the Health Research Board, the IRCHSS, Atlantic Philanthropies, NIHR, WHO, Safefood and industry partners.


In conjunction with the School of Business and Economics, the group offers a full and part time Masters programme in Health Economics as well as a structured PhD programme and bespoke Executive Education programmes. Graduates from the Masters programme have gone on to take up employment with leading pharmaceutical companies such as GSK, Novartis and Janssen-Cilag as well as in government and banking, while others have pursued postgraduate research across Ireland,  the UK, and the USA.