M.Sc HEM Program

Master of Science in Health Management & Economics (MSc-HME)

MSc-HME Programme Goal

The MSc Health Management and Economics Programme supports the Academy’s mission by equipping students with a comprehensive set of management knowledge and skills along-with the understanding of planning, financing and economic evaluation tools and techniques for improved management of health care services. The overall aim of this program is to enhance management capacity of the participants in order to improve the health service management of the country.

MSc-HME Programme Objectives

During these two years of studies, the students will be familiarized with essential components of public health, health systems, fundamental principles of management, financing, and human resource management. Overall objective of this program is to develop knowledge and skills to address the managerial and administrative issues of Public and Private sector health settings at all levels. Main objectives of this program are:

  1. To strengthen local capacity to learn and apply management principles and techniques in health sector policy     and management.
  2. To improve decision-making process in health services management.
  3. To prepare a pool of health managers and health economists in the country for improved health care system.
MSc-HME Programme Learning Outcomes :

After successfully completing this program the students should be able to:

  1. Take on leadership roles in health planning, management and decision-making in health sector.
  2.  Analyze and manage the problems being faced by the health managers in routine as well as in special circumstances.
  3. Apply the management functions such as planning, organizing, staffing controlling and evaluating interventions in health care settings.
  4. Construct budgets, undertake financial costing and cost effectiveness of health care services.
  5. Evaluate different economic approaches for better priority setting in health care.
  6. Appraise the role of effective health care financing and improved service delivery at all levels.
Course Catalog for MSc-HME Programme
Semester I Public Health (Core Courses)
  • HEM-401 Foundations of Public Health (4 credits)
  • HEM-402 Comparative Health Care Systems (4 credits)
  • HEM-403 Quantitative Methods for Health Economics (4 credits)
  • HEM-404 Research Methods (4 credits)
Semester II Health Economics (Core Courses)
  • HEM-310 Microeconomics for Health (3 credits)
  •  HEM-311 Macroeconomics for Health (3 credits)
  • HEM-312 Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes (3 credits)
  • HEM-313 Health Care Finance (3 credits)
Semester III – Health Care Management (Core courses)
  • HEM-314 Hospital Management and Long Term Care (3 credits)
  • HEM-315 Human Health Resource Management (3 credits)
  • HEM-316 Health Policy Management and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • HEM-317 Health Management Information Systems (3 credits)
Semester IV: MSc HEM 499 Dissertation/Thesis- 12 Credits

Twelve credit hours of M.Sc thesis will be earned through engaging in evidence based research, research based on primary and secondary data sources, addressing issues of practical relevance to the national health care issues in particular and global health issues in general, under the supervision of specified faculty member(s) from within or outside Health Services Academy. A list of approved MSc thesis supervisors will be developed in accordance with the HEC guidelines for research supervisors. The completion time for research and defense will be one semester. The thesis will be evaluated by a team of internal and external examiners and viva voce examination will be held for defense.

    Admission Criteria & Procedures

    The Health Services Academy abides by its strict merit-based criteria with absolute transparency to select its students for the MSc-HEM program me. Every year, the number of Pakistani and foreign students is fixed by the Board of Governors. 

    Eligibility Criteria

    Basic Qualifications The candidate should possess one of the following qualifications or an equivalent degree from a recognized university or accrediting body.

    • BA/BBA/B.Com/BCS/BSc Degree with one of the following subjects: Economics Statistics, Mathematics, Psychology, and Sociology.
    • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery)
    • B.Pharmacy (Bachelor’s in Pharmacy)
    • BSc Nursing (Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing) (e) B. Veterinary (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine)