Graduate Research

A higher degree by research is a way of exploring health economics in greater depth. Sometimes research students from other disciplines may include a health economic component as part of a broader research project (e.g. a cost-effectiveness analysis).

Students may also wish to undertake a higher degree focusing on health economics. For those wanting to specialize in health economics, training in micro-economics and econometrics represent good foundations.

More information on undertaking a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne is available on the Future Students Website.

Current higher degree students

Michelle Tew, PhD Candidate

Research: My PhD project builds on existing research specifically focusing on the health economics of infections in cancer patients and patients undergoing lower limb arthroplasty. It represents a unique opportunity to analyse patterns of health outcomes and health service use, and to develop, test and validate economic evaluation methods thus providing valuable input and to better inform health policy decisions in these vulnerable populations. This project is a collaborative effort between a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.
Start date: June 2017

Xinyang Hua, PhD Candidate



Research: Diabetes is one of the most common metabolic disorders in the world, which needs of lifetime management and imposes a high economic burden on both national and personal level. My PhD project focuses on the cost, long-term outcome and simulation modelling of diabetes.

Featured publication during PhD: HUA, X., CARVALHO, N., TEW, M., Huang, E. S., Herman, W. H., & CLARKE, P. (2016). Expenditures and Prices of Antihyperglycemic Medications in the United States: 2002-2013. JAMA, 315(13), 1400-1402.

Start date: September 2014

Completed PhDs

Rachel Knott Empirical studies in socioeconomic-related health inequalities, 2015.
Thomas Lung Health economics, simulation modelling and Type 1 diabetes mellitus, 2015.
Foruhar Moayeri Health-related quality of life; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and smoking, 2016
Chris Schilling Increasing the value from individual-level observational data: practical applications in health economics, 2017.

Selected publications

Below are some selected publications of former graduate students undertaken while doing PhDs at Melbourne University:

KNOTT, R., Cass, A., Heeley, E., Chalmers, J., Peiris, D., & CLARKE, P. (2012). How fair is Medicare? The income-related distribution of Medicare benefits with special focus on chronic care items. Medical Journal of Australia, 197(11), 625-630.

LUNG, TW., CLARKE, PM., Hayes, AJ., Stevens, RJ., & Farmer, A. (2013). Simulating lifetime outcomes associated with complications for people with type 1 diabetes. Pharmacoeconomics, 31(6), 509-518.

MOAYERI, F., HSUEH, Y., CLARKE, P., & DUNT, D. (2016). Do Model-Based Studies in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Measure Correct Values of Utility? A Meta-Analysis. Value in Health. Jun;19(4):363-73.

ONG, JJ., Fairley, CK., Carroll, S., Walker, S., Chen, M., Read, T., ... & CLARKE, P. (2016). Cost-effectiveness of screening for anal cancer using regular digital ano-rectal examinations in men who have sex with men living with HIV. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 19(1).

SCHILLING, C., PETRIE, D., Dowsey, M. M., Choong, P. F., & CLARKE, P. (2017).The Impact of Regression to the Mean on Economic Evaluation in Quasi‐Experimental Pre–Post Studies: The Example of Total Knee Replacement Using Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Health Economics. Volume 26(12).