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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Special Interest Groups
IHEA Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a key platform for professional interaction between members with a common interest. There are currently 14 approved SIGs:
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 Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at the University of Calgary from July 19 – 23, 2025.
IHEA holds regular webinars and shares information on events organized by other groups active in the health economics field.
Resources & opportunities
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.
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.
- 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
- September 21 - September 22
University of Oxford (HERC): Online Understanding and Predicting Choice Behaviour in Health: Preference Elicitation & AnalysisOctober 4 - October 14
- October 17 - October 18
- October 25 - October 27
University of Oxford (HERC): Inequality in health and health care: theoretical and empirical considerationsNovember 15 - November 17
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.