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Gaceta Sanitaria

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Abstract

RUIZ-ADAME REINA, Manuel; CORREA, Manuel  and  GARCIA-AGUA SOLER, Nuria. A study of the graduates of health economics masters programs in Spain. Gac Sanit [online]. 2019, vol.33, n.6, pp.523-528.  Epub Jan 27, 2020. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2018.07.009.

Objective

To identify the characteristics, motivations and employment implications among graduates of Masters programmes in health-economics (MPHE).

Method

The most renowned MPHE in Spain were contacted to assist in this research study. Participants submitted an online survey comprising 30 items designed specifically for the purpose. Our sample consisted of 439 graduates. Different statistical analysis, including a logistic model, were performed to describe the sample.

Results

The main motivation for undertaking an MPHE is academic, and to acquire new or enhance previous knowledge. The general profile of graduates is that of a woman aged 37.8 and a health professional. Those looking for a job in Health Economics generally found employment in the first (54.9%) or second year (29.7%). MPHE were very highly assessed. The most useful subject was health management (46.3%).

Conclusions

Undertaking an MPHE is a good investment because most of the graduates believed that their training enabled them to find a job. The graduates showed a high degree of confidence in the usefulness of the training. MPHE are highly evaluated irrespective of consequent employment. The subjects in which the curriculum vitae of the health professionals were weaker, such as those concerning management, were evaluated the highest as they were assumed to enhance promotion opportunities.

Keywords : Graduates; Masters programmes; Health economics; Human capital; Job; Spain.

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