Patient centric health economics was the focus for Module 5, in our Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation

News | Posted on: 10 March, 2020

Module 5 for our Postgraduate Diploma students – Patient centric economics – was ably led by Prof Charles Normand, Edward Kennedy Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. For over a decade Charles held the position ‘Professor of Health Economics’ at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and remains a visiting professor there. Both his BA and DPhil are in economics. Much of his work is on the evaluation of treatments and services, with a particular interest on neonatal technologies, heart disease and the major cancers.

Module 5, of the HIHI/TCD Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation, develops the students ability to apply economic principles to health systems analysis. In particular to understand the roles of incentives, how markets work and fail in health systems. Setting priorities based on economic evaluation and the impact of ageing and demographic change on costs of care, are also examined.

Dr James O’Mahony supported delivery of Module 5, over two days. James is a health economist at the Centre for Health Policy and Management at Trinity College Dublin. He holds the position of Assistant Research Professor within the School of Medicine and is employed under a Health Research Board (HRB) Emerging Investigator Award.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation is a level 9 full-time one year course. It comprises of eight taught modules:  six foundation modules and two project modules including methodology workshops and a practical field project. The programme offers a fundamental grounding in key subjects such as design thinking and embedding a culture of innovation, process innovation, lean thinking and social innovation, innovation & health economics, healthcare, innovation and leadership.

The course culminates next summer in a practical project, rather than the traditional thesis, comprising two phases. The Course Director  will help the participants to identify and plan, with a view to implementation, an innovative solution applicable to each participants workplace.

Applications now open for 2020/2021 intake More here.


Eimear Galvin, HIHI TCD Manager: