The Health Economics and Policy Analysis group is located in the Discipline of Economics at NUI Galway. The group is part of the research network at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, which includes the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, the Institute for the Lifecourse and Society, and the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology.


The aim of the Health Economics and Policy Analysis group is to develop, apply and teach methods for the economic analysis of health and health care. 


The research focus of the Health Economics and Policy Analysis group centres on the techniques of Economic Evaluation, including Health Technology Assessment and Stated Preferences, Applied Health Econometrics, and Health Policy Evaluation. These methods are currently being applied to explore a range of research questions in relation to ageing, dementia, disability, mental health, chronic disease, cancer, and obesity. While the research is mainly of an applied nature with an emphasis on peer-reviewed academic output, members of the group also engage and contribute to policy formulation in a range of areas at national and international level. The group have extensive links with clinical and social science researchers at NUI Galway, as well as being engaged in active collaborations with colleagues in national and international organisations. Current research projects include those funded by the Health Research Board, the IRCHSS, Atlantic Philanthropies, NIHR, WHO, Safefood and industry partners.


In conjunction with the School of Business and Economics, the Health Economics and Policy Analysis group teach an array of modules in Health Economics for a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes. At postgraduate level, the Discipline of Economcis offers a full and part time Masters programme in Health Economics and a structured PhD programme, which currently includes eight Health Economics PhD candidates. The Health Economics and Policy Analysis group also offer bespoke executive education programmes in Economic Evaluation, Health Technology Assessment and Applied Health Econometrics.