The IHEA congress, held every second year, is the only global forum for health economists to engage around the latest methodological developments, present recent research findings and explore the implications of this research for health policy and practice.  The IHEA congress includes presentations across the full spectrum of health economics’ fields.


July 19 – 23, 2025

University of Calgary

Calling all health economists working in parts of the world that have not yet hosted an IHEA congress!

Do you work in an institution with a team of health economists who are eager to bring the largest gathering of health economists from around the world to your country? IHEA has just released its call for expressions of interest in hosting the 2027 World Congress on Health Economics and is eager to receive proposals from underrepresented regions. We particularly encourage proposals from regions that have not hosted many, or any, IHEA congresses before. You can view past IHEA Congress locations below.

Proposals must be initiated and led by health economists based in universities or other research organizations, who would act as the local organizing committee.

You can find full information on what your proposal should contain by downloading the call for proposals below. The deadline for proposals is June 11, 2024.

information and reflections from the 2023 Congress!

The 15th IHEA World Congress on Health Economics was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from July 8-12, 2023.  The Health Economics Unit of the University of Cape Town, which is the oldest health economics research centre in Africa, hosted the congress.

Please contact with any Congress inquiries.

Opening Plenary: Diversifying Health Economics: Balancing Power and Partnership

Closing Plenary: Reframing health economics in the context of climate change

2023 Congress Reflections

Abstract submission will open in early August 2024 and will close earlier than usual on 19 November 2024please note that this deadline will not be extended.

Given IHEA’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, including ethical collaborative research practices and fair opportunities to present research, we strongly advocate for the presentation of research by local researchers from the country which is the subject of the research.

Two categories of abstracts can be submitted:

  • An individual abstract to be considered for inclusion in a contributed oral or poster session, made up of four papers or eight posters on a similar topic.
  • An organized session proposal including three to four presentations with one or more discussants (please seek a balance of presenters by gender, career stage and geographic location).

You may submit a maximum of two abstracts where you would be the presenter. So, you could submit a maximum of:

  • two individual abstracts;
  • one individual abstract and one as part of an organized session; or
  • presentations as part of two organized sessions

You will be asked to select a health economics field and up to three sub-fields when submitting an abstract, to assist in assigning your abstract to an expert in your field for peer review and for program organization purposes.  Please identify the most appropriate field and sub-fields from this table before submitting your abstract.

Accessing Congress Recordings

Those who registered for the Congress can login on the program site to view Congress recordings.

To access Congress recordings:

  • Sign in with the same credentials you used to access the program and app during the Congress (your last name + ID). If you need this information to be sent to you again, please email
  • Navigate to the session you would like to access the recording for (you can either search or browse by day or field to access any sessions).
  • Click on the name of the session to open it and then scroll down to view the embedded recording. Note: these recordings cannot be downloaded, they can only be viewed in this format. 

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee (SC) plays a critical role in IHEA congresses given that the program is based on abstracts accepted through a rigorous peer-review process.  An open call is issued for IHEA members to express their interest in serving on the panel to review abstracts submitted for each congress. Those who have served on the SC Review Panel for at least two recent congresses are eligible to be considered to serve as Program Chairs. There are two to three Program Chairs for each health economics field, who work together to finalize the abstract acceptances (from the review panel scores) and compile individual abstracts into coherent sessions. To be considered for the position of overall SC Co-Chair, an IHEA member needs to have served as a Program Chair for at least two recent congresses.

Members of the Scientific Committee for the 2023 Congress are listed below.

Ana Balsa

Universidad de Montevideo

Paula Lorgelly

University of Auckland/Waipapa Taumata Rau

Funding Partners​

We are extremely grateful to our funding partners who played a critical role in the success of the first IHEA Congress held in Africa. Their contributions facilitated the participation of many delegates from low- and middle-income countries.

Future Congresses

IHEA releases a call for expressions of interest in hosting a congress three years in advance of that congress.

The call for expressions of interest in hosting the 2027 Congress can be found here.