MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing

Delivering healthcare – leadership, financing and policy-making. Explore multi-disciplinary fields, including health economics, health-policy and public healthcare strategies.

Programme Information

​A perfect opportunity to become an expert in health-policy and health economics

Health Policy, Planning and Financing is a multidisciplinary programme designed to train healthcare professionals (including doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and therapists) and business graduates (from fields of economics, political science, sociology, public administration). The programme provides knowledge in healthcare financing, management and evaluation along with the business side of healthcare.

If you envision a career as a health economic expert, or you are interested in healthcare policies, this programme is the perfect choice for you.

You will be able to critically evaluate micro and macro level problems within the healthcare sector and construct innovative solutions. The programme aims to capacitate students in devising strategies, to achieve optimal policy outcomes for the society.

Dive into the economics of health. Learn how to analyse the potential effects of the pricing and financing methods of healthcare technologies and services. Multiple compulsory modules will give you the means to understand biostatistics, public health, healthcare law & ethics, and healthcare financing.

Admission for Health Policy, Planning and Financing programme requires BA/BSc or equivalent degree in economics,, social sciences or health disciplines, such as Applied Economics, Business and Management, Healthcare and Prevention, Healthcare Management, Sociology, Psychology, Public Service, etc.

*compulsory credit requirements stated below

ECTS: 120
Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)
Teaching hours: 16-10 hours/week
Includes internship: Compulsory (400 hours)
Start date: 12 September 2022

Tuition fees (EEA): 760 000 HUF (≈ € 2 100*) per semester
Total tuition fees (EEA): 3 040 000 HUF (≈ € 8 500*)
Tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 2 900 per semester
Total tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 11 600

*Fees conversion amount may vary due to exchange rates.

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What you will study
Core Modules

Year 1

  1. Introduction to Health Economics
  2. Health Policy and Public Health
  3. Health Care Financing
  4. Health Informatics

Year 2

  1. Valuation of Health
  2. Health Economics
  3. Health Economic Modelling
  4. Survey Research Methods in Healthcare

* The above is not an exhaustive list. Corvinus University of Budapest reserves the right to change modules.


There are two remarkable scholarship opportunities available to Non-EU international students:

  • Stipendium Hungaricum (for non-EU nationals from >70 countries)
  • Diaspora scholarships (for international students with Hungarian ancestry).

Both scholarships entitle you to:

  • Free tuition for the duration of your studies
  • 43,700 HUF (c. €120) per month for the duration of your studies (for living costs)
  • University accommodation or an additional 40,000 HUF (c. €110) per month for the duration of your studies (accommodation allowance)
  • Medical insurance.

Eligibility requirements apply, so please click on “Scholarship opportunities” for more information.

Scholarship opportunities

Application Requirements 

  • A completed higher education
  • You will have to take part in a preliminary interview
  • Minimum B2 knowledge in English, proven by a certificate
  • A valid passport

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Preparatory Programme

If you do not meet the requirements, you can apply for our preparatory programme.

Note: there are three ways to apply to Corvinus as an international student:

  1. Self-funded route (all applicants)
  2. Stipendium Hungaricum route – non-EU applicants only, further restrictions apply
  3. Diaspora scholarship route - non-EU nationals with Hungarian heritage only, further restrictions apply

Credit requirements

In Hungary, there are legal pre-requisite credit requirements to study graduate programmes.

Please make sure you meet the minimum requirements for this programme before applying.

You will need a minimum of 30 ECTS constituted from any of the following areas:

  • Economics (e.g. statistics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, finance)
  • Social sciences (e.g. political science, sociology, psychology, communication, public administration)
  • Healthcare (e.g. epidemiology, public health, health information technology, health administration, pharmacy).

Tip: to quickly calculate your credits in ECTS, divide learning hours by 30!

Learning hours should be formally described, but can be constituted of classroom hours, private study and assessment.

More information

As part of an outstanding international team, our students can improve their skills and knowledge in health economics and policy. They will learn about healthcare financing models, health economics, health policy, and understand the challenges of modern health systems. In addition, talented students can engage in health economics research at the university and gain practical experience in a particular field.

Dr. Valentin Brodszky
Programme Director

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Career opportunities

Our students are able to find work as Market Access Managers, Health Economics Analysts, Hospital Managers, Pricing managers and Healthcare Financial Analysts.

Our graduates are working at prestigious companies like National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Pfizer, MSD and Deloitte.


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