Mission Statement

Health economics is a subject that applies economic theory, models and empirical techniques to the analysis of decision-making by individuals, health care providers and governments with respect to health and health care.

The aim of the Department of Health Economics (DHE) is to support efficiency and equity concerning health and health care and create relevant interdisciplinary collaborations within the Medical University of Vienna and with other Austrian and international research and decisions making institutions by: 

  • Promoting the understanding and use of health economics in research and decision making nationally and internationally
  • Developing relevant undergraduate, graduate and professional education and training programmes in Austria
  • Fostering research capacity development through the supervision of master and doctorate students in health economics
  • Excelling in collaborative applied and methodological research programmes both nationally and internationally
  • Acting as a point of call for health care professionals for expert advice

Major research areas include the synthesis of evidence on and appraisal of the socioeconomic burden of diseases, the costs, benefits and cost-effectiveness of preventative, diagnostic and treatment interventions both alongside clinical studies and using modelling techniques. Further research interests cover the evaluation of health services and health systems.


Current Publications


Nagel A, Łaszewska A, Haidinger G, Simon J. (2021) Wiener Klinische Wochenzeitschrift


Castelpietra G, Simon J, Gutiérrez-Colosía MR, Rosenberg S, Salvador-Carulla L (2020) The British Journal of Psychiatry.


Stelzer IV, Sierawska A, Buyx A, Simon J (2020) Journal of Personalized Medicine.


Janssen L, Pokhilenko I, Evers S, Drost R, Simon J, König H-H, et al. on behalf of the PECUNIA Group (2020) International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.


News & Events


Prof. Dr. Judit Simon has accepted the invitation to join the BJPsych Open International Editorial Board with handling editor's responsibilities. “Prof. Simon’s breadth of experience, research and publications with international collaborations..


In order to curb the spread of the pandemic, many governments introduced country-level lockdowns involving a range of social restrictions designed to limit physical-social interactions and mobility. However, these measures have also resulted in..


Prof Andrea Cipriani (University of Oxford) presented: "Innovative methods of evidence synthesis: a primer on network meta-analysis."


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