Manchester Centre for Health Economics

Developing and applying health economic methods to maximise health and care value.



The Manchester Centre for Health Economics (MCHE) provides academic expertise in health economics for the delivery of research programmes and projects, and to support the development of the careers of early and mid-career researchers.



Our expertise

Our researchers and health economists are experts in a number of areas.

Key themes

  • mental health
  • patient safety
  • precision medicine
  • cancer
  • women’s health
  • medicines adherence
  • dental health


  • decision-analytic model-based economic evaluation
  • use of routine data in economic evaluation
  • methods for integrated economic and clinical trials
  • methods of optimisation and taking account of capacity constraints
  • econometric analysis of administrative and survey datasets
  • methods to value the benefits and harms of health interventions
  • stated preference methods such as discrete choice experiments
  • methods to evaluate complex health and social care programmes
  • health technology assessment
  • workforce planning and resource allocation

Interested in working with us? Get in touch.


Our research

Health economics involves the development and application of economic methods for studying the production of health, illness and recovery.

It furthers understanding of the behaviour of individuals, health care providers and health systems, and compares alternative uses of health care resources to improve the health of individuals, patient groups and populations.

Much of our work is grant-funded from national and international funding bodies but also from charity-based organisations.

The team currently hold grants from a wide range of funders, notably the Medical Research Council (MRC), the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), the Department of Health and the European Union.

Key charities which support our research include Cancer Research UK and Versus Arthritis.

Examples of research programmes we work with include:

In addition, members of staff within MCHE support and working collaboratively with the University of Manchester Innovation Factory and the Diagnostics and Technology Accelerator to help small- to medium-sized enterprises and academic teams understand the value of their proposed health care innovations.


We contribute to professional training qualifications and undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University.

Professional training qualifications include teaching a module on economic evaluation for two Scientist Training Programmes in clinical bioinformatics and genomic counselling.

We also contribute to the Epidemiology Summer School organised by the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care.

We supervise projects in health economics for medical students completed as part of the MBChB Medicine programme for second and third year medical students on the Personal Excellence Pathway (PEP) and Applied Personal Excellence Pathway (APEP).

We also contribute to health economics modules on three postgraduate courses at the University:


Find out more about our members and affiliates.

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Stay up to date with the latest from the Centre and health economics research news from across the University.

You can download PDF versions of our most recent issues from the links below:

Discover more about our latest research highlights.

Our researchers post regularly on our blog 

MCHE seminar series

Our weekly Monday meetings will host a range of talks and presentations. 

Check our 2024 calendar

Contact us

If you’d like more information, please get in touch.

Centre Lead

Professor Rachel Elliott
Professor of Health Economics
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5846

General enquiries

Matthew Ward
Administrator for Health Economics
Tel: +44 (0)161 529 3149

Twitter: @HealthEcon_MCR