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


Wranik DW, Szekely RR, Mayer S, Hiligsmann M, Cheung KL (2021) Journal of Medical Economics


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


News & Events


Members of the DHE team moderate, chair and present at iHEA 2021.


Judit Simon and Timea Helter presented their findings of the study conducted on the impacts of the Covid-19 lockdowns, entitled "The impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on mental health and well-being in terms of the “capability approach” in Austria –..


Prof Simon is giving an invited talk "Comments: towards an overarching perspective on the care pathway analysis and health economics study for mental disorders" at the Value of Treatment 2 Synthesis Meeting, on the 8th June 2021, at 16:15..


Prof Simon has been awarded the title of Honorary University Professor by the Senate of Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary for her ongoing collaborative work at the Department of Health Economics, Institute of Economics and Public Policy...


"Assessing the costs and outcomes of healthcare for economic evaluations in Europe"


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