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.


» 16-18 October 2019: The DHE Short Course "Evidence-based healthcare evaluation" is taking place. For more information and registration: DHE Short Courses

» 15 January 2019Judit Simon, Head of the Health Economics Department at the Medical University of Vienna, Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), and James Thomas, Chief Technology Officer at the Wellcome Trust discuss the impact of emerging technologies on advancements in public mental health at the Royal Institution in London, UK on the 15 January 2019. For further details, please go to http://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2019/january/patrons-present-mental-health-in-a-digital-age


»  28 Nov-01 Dec 2018: Prof Dr Judit Simon participates at the 11th European Public Health (EPH) Conference in Ljubljana. She presents the PECUNIA project as panelist in the pre-conference "Building Public Mental Health across the life course" and discussing "future needs for mental health research at the EU level" on the 28 November.