iHEA’s mission

is to foster an inclusive global community of health economists, committed to strengthening the field, sharing ideas and resources, developing and applying economic theory and methods and generating evidence for improved, equitable health and health care.

About us

IHEA is a not-for-profit membership organization, with over 1,500 members from more than 100 countries. It is governed by a Board of Directors and Board committees, and managed by an appointed team.

IHEA’s strategic goals are to: 

  1. Promote excellence in health economics research and teaching: IHEA pursues excellence in the field by supporting early-career researchers, strengthening the capacity of health economics researchers, teachers and practitioners and engaging around different methodological and theoretical approaches.
  2. Promote international engagement and collaboration among health economists: IHEA facilitates collegial engagement and promotes ethical collaborative practices between health economists across countries and world regions.
  3. Expand the profession and its impact: IHEA strives to increase recognition of the contribution of health economics to policy for social good, and to attract economists to the field, particularly in low- and middle-income countries and from diverse backgrounds.


IHEA holds a congress every second year, where health economists from around the world are able to engage around the latest methodological developments, present recent research findings and explore the implications of this research for health policy and practice.

The 15th IHEA World Congress on Health Economics was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from July 8-12, 2023. Access our Congress plenary recordings on our YouTube channel here.

SAVE THE DATE for the 16th IHEA World Congress which is being held in Bali from July 19 – 23, 2025.

The call for proposals to host the 2027 IHEA World Congress has closed.


IHEA holds regular webinars and shares information on events organized by other groups active in the health economics field.

Resources & opportunities

IHEA provides a range of resources on the website, including:

The Teaching Materials Repository, which contains course outlines, audio-visual teaching materials, case studies and other materials shared as open educational resources.

A list and links to resources for promoting diversity and inclusion in health economics research and teaching.

IHEA offers various opportunities for health economists, including:

An annual Student Paper Prize, the annual Arrow Award and the Adam Wagstaff Award linked to the IHEA biennial congress.

A mentoring program to support early- and mid-career health economists in their professional development and personal wellbeing.

We also disseminate information on other opportunities, such as:

  • Career opportunities – jobs, post-doctoral fellowships and funded degree opportunities
  • Information on calls for research grant proposals, special issue journal submissions, and related opportunities
  • Training programs offered by IHEA University members

News & Press

Read about recent events, essential information and the latest community news.


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IHEA’s Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

IHEA is committed to taking concrete actions to promote social justice, diversity and inclusion within our association and more broadly.