Specialization Health and Social Policy
New from summer term 2021!
interdisciplinary – international – interactive
for students in BBE, BW, IBW and WIRE
fully taught in English
30 students per term
What is this specialization about?
Health and social policies are dealing with issues such as health care, pensions, child care and old age care, unemployment, poverty and social exclusion, etc. In the European Union, public expenditure on health and social policies accounts for almost 30% of GDP. On a global scale, many countries are investing heavily in health and social protection, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations are pushing the agenda. This specialization offers you a comprehensive presentation of the socioeconomics of health and social policies, of challenges, current policies and options for future directions.
Which interests should students have?
This is a specialisation for students with a genuine interest in health and social policies. The specialisation follows interdisciplinary approaches, it links theory with real world problems, and it ties rigorous analysis and creativity. Highly interactive courses require students to contribute to class discussions and to work effectively in international teams.
Which career prospects can graduates of the specialization expect?
The main objective is to train students who want to pursue a wide range of careers that relate to health and social policies. It can perfectly complement existing business specializations, programs in business law or in business and economics. Work opportunities exist in the public sector and in the private sector, in nonprofit organizations as well as in international and supranational organizations. Students will acquire a solid understanding of the scope, organization, and objectives of health and social policies and will learn skills that are directly transferable professionally.
Which courses are offered in the specialization?
Course I: Introduction to Health and Social Policy (starts summer term 2021)
The course will present an introduction to the socioeconomics of health and social policy and into important social policies including pensions, health and long-term care, unemployment insurance, poverty reduction, education, and family policies. Each social policy will be illustrated by concrete examples in Austria and internationally, and analyzed from economic and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Course II: Economics and Policy of the Public Healthcare Industry(starts summer term 2021)
This course explains key economic concepts that are relevant to the public healthcare industry and related policies. The presentation takes the real world perspective from the government and other public institutions. The course covers healthcare demand and disparities, social health insurance, public hospitals and physician practices, cost-effectiveness analysis, and public health.
Course III: Economics and Policy of the Private Healthcare Industry (starts summer term 2021)
This course explains key economic concepts that are relevant to the private healthcare industry and related policies and regulations. The presentation takes the real world perspective from private agents making economic decisions. The course covers patients as consumers of care, private health insurance companies, private hospitals and physicians, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Course IV: International and Transnational Social Policy (starts winter term 2021)
The course will start by presenting a European and global comparative perspective on social policies and the role of supranational organizations such as the World Bank, World Health Organization, and the European Union. Examples of supranational social policies and their interactions with national policies will analyzed from interdisciplinary perspectives. The second part of the course will introduce transnational social policies, in particular in the context of the European Union, in areas with large cross-border spillover effects.
Course V: Social Policy Evaluation (starts winter term 2021)
The course will present a comprehensive framework to evaluate health and social policies. Special emphasis will be given to the assessment of policy effectiveness with the presentation of methods such as cost-effectiveness analysis. The comprehensive framework will cover the evaluation of the policies’ efficiency, impact, equity, acceptability, relevance, and sustainability, and will be applied to the analysis of concrete health and social policies in Austria and internationally.
Access to the specialization?
The specialization starts each semester with up to 30 students.
The formal requirements for admission to a specialization at WU must be met.
Admission to the specialization Health and Social Policy in the summer term 2021 requires the following steps:
Please register for the course AG 5959 “Access to Specialization: Health and Social Policy”. Registration is possible between January 26, 2021 and February 1, 2021 using LPIS.
Please send a motivational letter (300-500 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org between January 18 and February 1, 2021. For further information on the motivational letter see below.
We will inform accepted students no later than February 12, 2021.
Registration for courses of the specialization starts February 18, 2021.
Students applying for the specialization Health and Social Policy are asked to submit a motivational letter. In this letter, you can refer to a selected current issue in health and social policy or future challenges that we might have to face. You can address an issue on local, national or international level. You can focus on pressing issues high on the political agenda, but you can also address issues that are often widely neglected. Tell us about how you perceive the chosen issue or challenge and how this motivates you to take the specialization in Health and Social Policy.
This is a motivational letter, so references to the literature are not needed. But please note the following formalities:
Heading: This has to include your name, student ID number, Specialization Health and Social Policy: Motivational Letter
Length: 300-500 words (without heading)
Submission: Please send a pdf-file titled lastname_firstname_studentIDnumber to email@example.com (between January 18 and February 1, 2021).
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