From recent graduates to senior executives, GSE programs respond to global demand for training in health economics and policy

The Barcelona GSE educational offer now includes two programs dedicated to training in health economics and health policy. One is the new Master Program in Health Economics and Policy, designed for recent graduates and junior scientists and consultants; the other is the Global Health Leadership Forum, a continuing education program tailored to the needs of senior executives, celebrating its eighth edition this year.

Global Health Leadership Forum (GHLF)

The GHLF is an innovative continuing education program for senior health executives focusing on Health Policy issues of global importance. It was created by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the UPF Center for Research in Health and Economics (CRES), and the Barcelona GSE joined the initiative in its sixth edition (2009). The program takes place in two intensive one-week sessions in Barcelona and Berkeley.


The 2011 Berkeley session was completed at the beginning of April, and the Barcelona session will take place from July 17-22. The sessions include a combination of case studies, seminars and workshops, as well as presentations by the participants themselves, who develop an independent project mentored by expert faculty advisors during the interim period between sessions. During last year's Barcelona session, participants presented projects concerning areas such as health insurance, health-care delivery, sanitary facilities, and how to solve specific concerns such as epidemics and tropical diseases.

Selected speakers for this year's GHLF sessions:

Barcelona Session

Berkeley Session

  • Rafael Bengoa, Regional Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs for the Basque Region
  • Josep Figueras, Director, WHO
  • Panos Kanavos, Senior Lecturer in International Health Policy at LSE Health
  • Ellen Nolte, Director of Health and Healthcare, Rand Europe
  • Jim Rice, VP and Practice Leader, HIS
  • Lise Rochaix, Member of the Collège de la Haute Autorité de Santé, France.
  • Peter Berman, Lead Economist, World Bank
  • Chris Ham, CEO, The King’s Fund United Kingdom
  • Jin Ma, Executive Dean, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Consultant to China on healthcare reform
  • Steve Shortell, Dean, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley and Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management


Master Program in Health Economics and Policy 

The Health Economics and Policy Program has been designed by program directors Prof. Pau Olivella (UAB and GSE) and Prof. Guillem López-Casasnovas (UPF-CRES and GSE), who is also a director of the Global Health Leadership Forum. While the GHLF is targeted to established professionals in the health sector, the master program responds to the needs of recent graduates in Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, or Business Administration, as well as junior scientists and consultants with some background in economics looking for advanced tools in health technology evaluation and health policy.

The Health Economics and Policy Program aims to provide training in health technology assessment including a comparative vision of health systems, a view of the structure of the biosciences market, the tools of political and organizational analysis, and medical ethics. Students will develop the analytical capacity geared toward decision-making in all aspects of the healthcare sector.

Potential employers for program graduates include: health, policy and pricing divisions in pharmaceutical companies; health technology evaluation agencies; consulting firms for the health industry; and health authorities.


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