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PhD scholarship with a specialization in Health Economics

The research project “Equity and the Socioeconomic Impact of Disease Management Programmes (EQUIP)” directed by Professor Karsten Vrangbæk is offering one PhD scholarship funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The scholarship is offered from 1 June 2018 but an earlier starting date is a possibility.  
 
Deadline for applications: 13 February 2018.  
 
The PhD programme provides PhD students with strong research training which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, and knowledge dissemination, including teaching. The PhD programme must be undertaken as a three-year full-time study at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The PhD position will be based at the Section for Health Services Research, Department of Public Health, but it is expected that the PhD student will benefit from spending some of his/her time at the Department of Economics where a partner project to EQUIP will be conducted.  
 
The EQUIP research project aims to investigate two areas of health economics and health policy research. The first area of interest is related to the recent implementation of disease management programmes (DMPs) in Denmark. DMPs aim to achieve high overall quality of health care to patients with chronic diseases through coordinated and coherent progress of services needed over time within standardised patient pathways and enhanced coordination among relevant providers within and outside the health sector. There is currently only limited knowledge on how the impact of such complex programmes may be evaluated and the EQUIP project will attempt to fill that gap. It is anticipated that the impact of DMPs will be assessed mainly by using data extracted from Danish public registers. The second area of interest originates from the observation that mainstream health economic evaluation techniques do not explicitly incorporate concerns for equity despite the fact that aversion towards inequity is a core value in most health systems across the world. One objective of the EQUIP project is therefore to develop further the current health economic evaluation methods from a theoretical perspective in particular with respect to incorporating equity values that may be held by a given society. These theoretical developments may subsequently be investigated empirically using data collected as part other components of this research project. (A more detailed description of the EQUIP project is available on request.) 
 
Applicants for the PhD scholarship must be willing to specialise in topics within Health Economics including for example economic evaluation and equity in health and to take part in other components of the EQUIP research project. It will further be an advantage if the applicant has expertise and/or interest in (some of) the following topics: 
 
• Health economic evaluation techniques such as cost-effectiveness analysis 
• Microeconomic theory and applications 
• Health state measurement and valuation 
• Evaluation of complex interventions 
• Health economics in general 
• Statistical analyses based on Danish public register data 
• Questionnaire development and survey planning 
• Knowledge of the Danish health care system 
• Basic knowledge of epidemiology 
 
Qualifications and salary 
Applicants must have at least an MSc degree for example in Economics or Public Health, but other academic fields may be relevant also. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in Health Economics, a solid academic performance during previous studies, a motivation to engage in theoretical as well as empirical work, and good oral and written communication skills in Danish and English. Prior experience with some of the points mentioned above will be an advantage. 
 
Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements.
 
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organizations. In addition to the seniority-based salary, the appointee will receive an annual supplement of currently DKK 15,759,72 and additional bonuses may be negotiated on an individual basis. 
 
The PhD fellow is obliged to carry out – without additional pay – allocated teaching-related tasks, etc. of up to 840 working hours during their period of employment. 

 
Information  
Further information on the PhD study programme in Health Sciences is available on the website of the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences: http://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/. ;
 
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and invites all qualified applicants to apply for the positions.   
 
For further information on this PhD position or the research project “Equity and the Socioeconomic Impact of Disease Management Programmes (EQUIP)” of which this particular PhD study programme is a part, please contact Associate Professor Kristian Schultz Hansen (direct phone: +45 35337754 or e-mail: krha@sund.ku.dk) or Professor Karsten Vrangbæk (direct phone: +45 35337329 or e-mail: kavr@sund.ku.dk). 
 
Applications  
The application can be in either Danish or English and include a CV (including the applicant’s address and e-mail address), a short motivation letter including initial ideas for topics to be covered in the PhD research (maximum 2 pages), a list of publications (if any) and copies of certificates of degrees obtained. 
 
The application must be submitted electronically no later than 13 February 2018
 
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.  Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk. ;
 
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises app. 7500 students, app. 1500 PhD students and app. 3200 employees. The Faculty creates new knowledge and recognition through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions for the benefit of patients and the community. 


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