Public Release:  LSE and ESC announce the launch of a new executive-style MSc

Masters to train the next generation of leaders in cardiovascular sciences

European Society of Cardiology

Brussels/London, Thursday 24 July 2014. LSE Health and the European Heart Academy (EHA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) are pleased to announce the launch of a new, executive-style MSc aimed at professionals working in the field of cardiovascular sciences.

The MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences aims to equip cardiovascular specialists with the health management, economics, research and policy skills required to take on advisory, management or leadership roles within the field.

Designed by academics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with support from the European Heart Academy of the ESC, based in Brussels, Belgium, it is the first post-graduate course of its kind to offer working professionals in the field of cardiovascular sciences the opportunity to obtain a formal graduate qualification whilst continuing employment.

Participants will explore new advisory, management, and leadership roles within the cardiovascular field through four two-week intensive courses.

In addition to gaining a theoretical and conceptual understanding of health economics, outcomes research, and management, the MSc will also help the next generation of leaders in their field to acquire the skills to accelerate their careers or refocus into related sectors, such as hospital management, the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, government and non-governmental organisations.

Professor Elias Mossialos, Director of LSE Health, said: "Cardiovascular diseases remain the main cause of morbidity and mortality globally and both medical and economic knowledge is essential to achieve the best results for patients, care providers and health systems. We are delighted to be partnering with the European Society of Cardiology to deliver this unique graduate programme designed for experts working in this field."

Professor Panos Vardas, President of the ESC, said: "This course will not only provide cardiovascular specialists with the opportunity to acquire world-class knowledge in health economics, outcomes research and management, it will allow the next generation of leaders to broaden their horizons in an international environment."

Professor Paulus Kirchhof, of the European Heart Academy and the ESC's academic liaison to the new programme, said: "We are delighted that LSE has partnered with the European Heart Academy to develop an interdisciplinary graduate programme in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management. We believe that this course will be able to nurture future leaders in cardiovascular sciences. I look forward to seeing this unique partnership come to fruition."

The LSE MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes, and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences will run from December 2015.

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