About Us

The key objective of the Health Economics Division is to teach at the post-graduate level to develop capacity in health economics and related health systems research in Africa. We convene a Masters in Public Health specialising in health economics programme, a PhD in health economics programme, and a post-doctoral programme in health economics.

Our research focuses on supporting current efforts to transform the health system, both at the national policy level (particularly in terms of health care financing reform), and at the district and service delivery level.  There is a strong emphasis on equity in our research, particularly to identify ways of promoting health system equity.  Another area to which we contribute on an on-going basis is the evaluation of cost-effectiveness of alternative preventative, diagnostic and treatment interventions for diseases of major public health concern, in particular TB and HIV.  A more recent area of work, which falls directly under the Chair in Health and Wealth, is exploring the social determinants of health within the South African context.