Health Care Management & Economics, PhD

The program combines intensive training in health care management and economics coupled with advanced training in a traditional business discipline.

Our program provides thought leadership and policy development in the following areas of distinction:

  • Value of technology and innovation
  • Health insurance design and reform
  • Design and impact of incentives in numerous health industry contexts
  • Competition and collaboration across the value chain
  • The broad interprofessional/multidisciplinary work of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Wharton’s doctoral program is unique among similar programs because it provides a strong background in microeconomic theory, an advanced teaching of econometric and statistical techniques, a comprehensive analysis of both health economics and health care services research, and grounding in management/strategy theory and research. The doctoral program complements the course work with numerous opportunities to collaborate with faculty members in research projects exploring a wide variety of topics in the health economics and management fields.

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Required Courses

A minimum of 16 course units are required.

Core Requirements
Health Care Courses
Select major field course requirements from the following list: 1
Proseminar in Health Economics: Models and Methods
Proseminar in Health Economics: Health Econometrics
Special Topics in Health Economics: The Industrial Organization of Health Care
Economics of Health Care and Policy
Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Behavior and Theory in Health Care
Statistics 1
Select one of the following course combinations:
Applied Regression and Analysis of Variance
and Introduction to Nonparametric Methods and Log-linear Models
and Applied Econometrics I
Applied Econometrics I
and Applied Econometrics II
Applied Econometrics I
and Mathematical Statistics
Econometrics I: Fundamentals
and Econometrics II: Methods & Models
Microeconomics 2
Select one of the following course combinations:
Microeconomic Theory
and Game Theory and Applications
Microeconomic Theory I
and Microeconomic Theory II

A one-year graduate level sequence in statistics or in probability and statistics is required. Any of the following sample sequences can be used. Students may substitute other graduate level courses upon approval of the graduate director of the Statistics department.


A one year sequence in microeconomics is required.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.

Sample Plan of Study

First and Second Years
Research Papers
Research Activities
Completion of Other Requirements by Field
Third Year
Directed Reading & Research
Admission to Candidacy
Formulation of Research Topic
Fourth Year and Beyond
Continued Research
Dissertation Proposal Defense
Dissertation Defense