Judit Simon
Judit Simon
Head of Department

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 new 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.


» 22-24 October 2018: The DHE Short Course "Evidence-based healthcare evaluation" is taking place. For more information and registration: DHE Short Courses  

» 5 September 2018: Our next PriMHE (Programme in the Methods of Health Economics) lecture will take place at 12 pm at the Center for Public Health with Niek Klazinga, Professor of Social Medicine at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre who has been combining that role with coordinating the work on Health Care Quality and Outcomes at the OECD. He presently holds visiting professorship positions at the Economic Faculty of Corvinus University, Budapest and the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. The talk will be on "Value driven health care delivery: measurement and implementation challenges in OECD countries."  

» 14-15 July 2018: 1st PECUNIA Progress Meeting will take place in Maastricht (NL) after the EUHEA conference and the PECUNIA consortium will meet for the second time since project start.

» 11-14 July 2018: EUHEA - 12th European Conference on Health Economics, Maastricht, NL

  • Prof Dr Judit Simon is presenting: "Intersectoral costs and benefits in Europe: European research project PECUNIA"
  • Agata Laszewska is presenting "Psychometric properties of the German OxCAP-MH, a multi-dimensional capability instrument for outcome measurement in mental health"

  • Nataša Perić is presenting "Headline indicators for monitoring the performance of health systems: Findings from the european Health Systems_Indicator (euHS_I) survey"