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


Steel, C, Korrelboom, K, Baksh, K, Kingdon, D, Simon, J, Wykes, T, Phiri, P, Van der Gaag, M. (2020)


Hiesmayr, M, Tarantino, S, Moick, S, Laviano, A, Sulz, I, Mouhieddine, M, Schuh, C, Volkert, D, Simon, J, Schindler, K (2020)


Moick S, Hiesmayr, M, Mouhieddine, M, Kiss, N, Bauere, P, Sulze, I, Singer P, Simon, J (accepted/in press)


News & Events


The November edition of the ASPHER (the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region) Newsletter features a COVID-19 country report from Austria written by Professor Simon. Link:..


Working paper presenting a snapshot of the results of the study “Auswirkungen von COVID-19 auf die psychische Gesundheit und das Wohlbefinden in Österreich" has been prepared by the DHE team and can be viewed here. Description of the study in..


The DHE team is presenting the PECUNIA Project


The poster entitled “Internal and external aspects of freedom in the application of the capability approach – the case study of developing a linguistically and culturally valid Hungarian version of the OxCAP-MH well-being questionnaire” has been..


Medical University of Vienna press release about DHE findings


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