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.


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Next generation palliative care research: Integration and implementation.


Prof Simon chaired the session "Reflection on the topic" at the pre-conference 'Developments in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare' of the 14th EPH Conference on 10th Nov 2021.


"Estimating the monetary value of informal care provided to people living with dementia using a discrete-choice experiment" - Speaker: Dr Lidia Engel, Deakin Health Economics, Institute for Health Transformation (Melbourne/Australia)


Claudia Fischer presents at the 7. Interprofessioneller Fachtag Palliative Care in Vienna on the 5 Nov 2021.


Prof Simon presents the PECUNIA project (Health Care Economics - "Harmonising Methods for Assessing the Costs and Outcomes of Mental Health Services across Sectors and Countries in Europe") as part of the Rutgers Psychiatry Grand Rounds in..


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