Online Postgraduate in Pharmacoeconomics (in English)
Online Postgraduate in Pharmacoeconomics (in English)
With the Postgraduate Course in Pharmacoeconomics, you will specialize in the economic evaluation of drugs and medical technologies, as well as in drug policy and management at the macro, meso, and micro levels. The program places special focus on pharmaceutical policy and management.
This postgraduate course is part of the Master's in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics. Its theme is oriented to the economic evaluation of medicines and medical technologies, economics, and policies of financing and management of medicines in health services
With the Postgraduate in Pharmacoeconomics you will be able to understand the basic concepts and principles that characterize economic analysis and use economic language with ease. In addition, you will learn the basic and fundamental aspects of the techniques and instruments for the economic evaluation of medicines and medical technologies through cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, and cost-benefit analysis.
To do this, you will focus on the use of statistical and econometric techniques and on economic analysis in areas as disparate as the relationship between spending and income, the behaviour of drug prescribers, the preparation of pharmacy budgets, or the study of the determinants of the effectiveness of a treatment.
Due to its focus on Pharmacoeconomics, you will carry out analyses on the justification and effectiveness of the main regulatory and financing policies for drugs in a health system. As well as knowing and applying the instruments of rational use of drugs in order to guarantee the best possible use both from the point of view of the effectiveness and efficiency of pharmacological interventions.
Why choose this program
Gain a prestigious international degree
You will obtain a prestigious degree, backed by the international recognition of the UPF, the number 1 university in Spain, which will allow you to differentiate yourself and meet new professional challenges. The certificate does not mention the study methodology (online).
Academic excellence at your fingertips
We will connect you with professors of the highest academic level and recognized international trajectory, led by Jaume Puig-Junoy and Carlos Campillo, academics and professionals with extensive experience and recognition in the field of health economics. They will support you and inspire you to achieve your professional goals.
We adapt to you
We offer you flexible and dynamic online training of the highest quality, fully compatible with your work and family responsibilities. Also, you will learn, connecting with international students, at your own pace and from anywhere in the world.
Receive current and relevant content for the sector
With more than 20 editions and a 92% satisfaction rate, it is part of the training agenda of important multinational companies in the health sector, thanks to a global and rigorous approach with content adapted to the current workplace reality.
Who is it for?
The program is aimed both at professionals with management responsibilities and at graduates who want to acquire the necessary skills to manage hospitals, clinical laboratories, and public and private health centres; public administrations in charge of the management and/or financing of medicines and health services; private insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, training centres in drug management, and health services, etc.
The Postgraduate Course in Pharmacoeconomics is part of the Master's in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics and covers its first 5 subjects, whose focus is Pharmaceutical Policy and Management (economic evaluation of drugs and medical technologies, economics, and financing policies).
To facilitate day-to-day management and the achievement of your academic goals, the program is structured into didactic units, with which you will acquire instrumental, attitudinal, and conceptual skills. You will have available in each of them, a progress bar that will indicate the status of completion of the tasks and a recovery period in case you need more time to complete them.
The duration of each teaching unit will be two weeks. Each didactic unit is taught from Wednesday to Tuesday, so that the student can, if they wish, take advantage of the weekend to carry out the activities. A special period will be established to carry out the recovery exercises corresponding to the teaching units that have not been passed.
Each subject is organized into 4 teaching units that combine different methodologies: didactic content (interactive and downloadable materials, cases, video tutorials), introductory test, self-assessment activities, practical activities, and personalized access to the tutors through the forum of discussion, and other complementary resources of the learning (complimentary bibliography and related articles).
The general aim of this module is to introduce the participants to the basic and fundamental aspects of the main techniques and instruments used in the economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies, and apply them to a number of case studies. This is the first of two teaching modules that pursue this objective.
Teacher: Jaume Puig Junoy
Teaching Unit 1. Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals, Medical Technologies, and Health Programs
Teaching Unit 2. Cost Analysis in Economic Evaluation (1)
Teaching Unit 3. Cost-Utility Analysis
Teaching Unit 4. Cost-Benefit Analysis (1)
The aim of this module is to provide the basic tools for analysing the overall behaviour of variables of interest for pharmaceutical and health management. Participants learn how to interpret the results of a selection of statistical and econometric analysis techniques that may be useful in decision-making in this area.
Teacher: Jaime Pinilla Domínguez
Teaching Unit 1. Measuring the relationship between health care expenditure and income
Teaching Unit 2. Factors Determining the Efficacy of a Treatment
Teaching Unit 3. Building pharmaceutical budgets
Teaching Unit 4. Prescriber behaviour
The basic aim of this module is to enable the participants to analyse the justification for and effectiveness of the main policies for the regulation and funding of pharmaceuticals in a health system.
Teacher: Jaume Puig Junoy
Teaching Unit 1. Pharmaceutical Expenditure: Interpretation and Distinctive Features of the Market
Teaching Unit 2. Insurance and Demand for Pharmaceuticals
Teaching Unit 3. Pharmaceutical Price Regulation
Teaching Unit 4. Patents and Policies Encouraging Competition in the Pharmaceutical Market
The general aim of this module is to familiarise the participants with some recent advances in the use of techniques and instruments for the economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies, and apply them to a number of case studies. This is the second of two teaching modules that pursue this objective.
Teacher: Jaume Puig Junoy
Teaching Unit 1. Cost Analysis in Economic Evaluation (2)
Teaching Unit 2. Cost-Benefit Analysis (2): Methods of Estimating Willingness to Pay
Teaching Unit 3. Models and Uncertainty in Economic Evaluation
Teaching Unit 4. Use and Application of Economic Evaluation in Decision-Making
The general aim of this module is to make the participant aware of the possibilities of applying rational drug use in order to guarantee the best possible use of pharmacological resources from the point of view of both the effectiveness and the efficiency of pharmacological interventions and apply it to a number of case studies.
Teachers: Josep Lluís Segú
Teaching Unit 1. Can We Manage Pharmaceuticals in Health Systems? The Micromanagement Approach
Teaching Unit 2. The Development Process of New Drugs: The Perspective of the Pharmaceutical Industry
Teaching Unit 3. Elements for Drug Management in Health Systems: The Micromanagement Approach
Teaching Unit 4. Implementation of Drug Management in Microenvironments: Information, Responsibility Sharing, Integration, and Evaluation
Students must have (or acquire at the beginning of the program) knowledge in global health, statistics, and economics to ensure that they make the most of the program. For this reason, 3 initial leveling training complements are proposed in these areas. These courses will be carried out in parallel to the first subject to level the academic profiles of the students at the beginning of the master's.
Furthermore, the postgraduate course include the online BSM Inside module:
BSM Inside is a transversal and interdisciplinary module, common to all master's and postgraduate degrees at UPF Barcelona School of Management, which has been conceived to work on a set of key competencies for professional development in conjunction with the real needs of today's organizations.
This module extends throughout the academic year and is made up of 3 areas of knowledge that constitute the identity traits of the UPF-BSM: Communication; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Planetary Well-being and Humanities.
All the subjects of the BSM Inside module are 100% online and have been designed as self-learning subjects: from the first day of the subject until the end of the term you will have all the teaching materials available on the eCampus and you can work with the material and the different activities that it contains at your own pace, according to your availability and in a self-organized way.
Once you have passed the program, you will be awarded the International Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacoeconomics, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.
The program is lead by Jaume Puig-Junoy and Carlos Campillo, academics and professionals with extensive experience and recognition in the field of health economics and the Center for Research in Health and Economics (CRES-UPF).
The course proposes a double approach:
- Academic: thanks to a faculty made up of doctors in medicine, economics, statistics, and pharmacy, who will transfer the knowledge and rigour of several of the most important universities in the country.
- Professional: due to the participation of professionals from the sector, who provide a clear vision of the market and the application of this knowledge to the current reality of companies.
Adjunct professor BSM
Teaching Assistant BSM
Adjunct professor BSM
- Carles Murillo
Co-founder of the program and academic advisor.
- Carlos Crespo Palomo
Professor at the Departament of Statistics at the University of Barcelona
PhD in Statistics from the University of Barcelona. He also has a Master in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics from Pompeu Fabra University.
- Jaime Pinilla Domínguez
Professor of Applied Economics of the Quantitative Methods in Economy and Management Department at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University.
- José Manuel Rodríguez Barrios
Health Economics Lead at Novartis Pharmaceuticals
PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from Rey Juan Carlos University. He collaborates with the Research Centre for Health and Economics (CRES) and has the Master in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics from UPF-IDEC.
- Marisol Rodríguez Martínez
Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Barcelona.
MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. She is also a Researcher at the Center for Research in Welfare Economics (CREB) of the University of Barcelona and Associate Researcher in the Research Center for Health and Economics (CRES) of the Pompeu Fabra University.
- Lluís Segú Tolsa
Primary Healthcare Pharmacist.
Master in Health Economics and Health Management from the University of Barcelona. Degree in Pharmacy.
At the UPF Barcelona School of Management we are committed to a flexible and dynamic online model, which aims to place the participant at the centre of the process so that they are the owner of their learning process.
To facilitate day-to-day management and the achievement of your academic goals, the program is structured into subjects, with which you will acquire knowledge, and instrumental and aptitude skills.
All this, while having 24/7 access to the virtual environment so that you can organize your study without schedules and at your own pace. In this way, you can combine it with your work and personal life, making the most of the time you have for it.
Didactic and interactive teaching materials
You will have access to materials in various formats to make your experience more motivating and dynamic: content maps, interactive and downloadable teaching materials, study cases, video tutorials, and additional readings. These materials are designed and periodically updated by professionals and experts in the field for you to have at your disposal the latest knowledge, skills, and tools at your fingertips to take your career to the next level.
Active and collaborative learning
Participation and discussion with your colleagues and teachers are essential and enriching for the collaborative learning process. We will provide you with various tools such as the Discussion Forum, where you can propose new topics for debate, comment on and answer questions presented by the teacher or give feedback to interesting comments.
To make your experience more tangible and immediate, you will have the support of fundamental people such as the teacher or expert tutor, who will guide you through the subjects of the program. The program manager will help you in the monitoring and general operation of the program, as well as in the management of procedures or access to other services of the university. And the professional career advisor will guide you in improving your personal brand and in the search for professional opportunities.
The evaluation of each subject will be carried out as follows:
- 75% of the qualification will correspond to the average of the scores obtained in the final exercises of each of the four teaching units. To pass each module, the participant must have a score equal to or greater than 5 in three of the four final exercises of each didactic unit. The final exercise is considered passed if the participant obtains a minimum of 5 answers out of 10 (or equivalent figure if the number of questions is other than 10). In the event that at least the final exercises of three didactic units have not been passed, the module is automatically pending.
- 25% of the grade will correspond to the grade obtained in the individual or group activity established for each module.
- In the case of not passing the module, a period of time will be established during the academic year during which the student will have the possibility of doing, for the second and last time, another final exercise for the teaching units not passed. The individual or group activity carried out for each module will not have a recovery period.
The learning process is characterized by its flexibility, since, in the virtual learning environment, the structure of the school calendar and the diversity of multimedia resources which are made available to the student allows them to acquire knowledge in a self-regulated manner.
The support of the teaching staff and interaction with classmates is carried out by making use of a wide variety of communication channels that facilitate proximity and didactic dialogue.
The Online Master's Degree in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics brings together professionals of more than 20 nationalities from the health and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as professionals from the economics and business areas. The online course is tailored to the needs and requirements of experienced professionals and recent graduates who wish to expand their knowledge in these areas, so it does not require previous knowledge of economics from the participants.
Due to the high international participation in the master's degree, it offers great opportunities for mutual enrichment and networking with other professionals in the sector, promoting links and work synergies with different experts and fellow students.
Average years of professional experience
Thanks to the school's Professional Careers Service, you will be able to participate in the Talent UP professional development program, a training complement designed to increase the value and positioning of our students in the professional market. This program provides students with tools and resources, individual career advice, training activities, company events, and various career opportunities.
The program is designed to complement the training of professionals with management responsibilities and graduates interested in acquiring the necessary skills to take on such responsibilities in:
- Hospitals, clinical laboratories, and public and private health centres.
- Public bodies responsible for managing and/or funding pharmaceuticals and health services.
- Private insurance companies.
- Pharmaceutical companies and companies related to the distribution of pharmaceuticals.
- Pharmaceutical and health service management training centres.
- Consultancy and advisory firms related to the health sector, etc.
Admission and enrolment
Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.
Who can apply?
Academic and professional background:
- Candidates must hold a Bachelor's Degree in health, pharmaceutical, health sciences, or economics.
- Graduates from other fields will also be taken into consideration.
- Candidates without a Bachelor´s degree will be able to apply based on their professional and academic achievements.
- A minimum experience of two years in these fields will be positively valued, both nationally and internationally.
Proficiency in English:
In order to be admitted, proof of English level is required:
- TOEFL IBT: > 72
- CAE: B2
- IELTS: > 5.0
- Duolingo: > 115
- Employer letter: HR department letter stating English as the official language of the company, or that the candidate uses English on a daily basis.
*Applicants whose mother tongue is English do not need to present the aforementioned certificate.
*Applicants who have completed their full Bachelor's Degree or any other higher education studies at an English-speaking university must submit written evidence that English was the language of instruction.
*Depending on the undergraduate degree of the participants, additional training will be required. Students will be required to take additional courses that should be done during the first weeks of the Master and do not involve an additional cost. The courses will be in the areas of Global Health, Statistics, and Economics.
How to apply?
To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through the following form.
Application for admission
Complete your application within the next admission rounds:
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Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:
- Complete the online admission form.
- Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
- Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
- Presentation letter or video
- Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
- Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
- Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
- Passport-size photo (jpg format)
Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Application rounds are subject to the number of places available on the program.
- The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
- You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.
- Registration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
- Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
- Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
- If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
- Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
- If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 2935.
- The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.
Grants, scholarships and financing
The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.
Grants and discounts
You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.
In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).
Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.
Online Postgraduate in Pharmacoeconomics (in English)