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

Marie-Anne Boujaoude, PhD Candidate

Research: This PhD project aims to develop and apply equity-based methods in the context of health technology appraisal in Australia. A methodological and empirical study of equity in economic evaluation will build upon 2 newly developed economic evaluation methods (DCEA and ECEA). This will contribute to an understanding of Australian health regulatory and reimbursement decisions through an equity lens.

Start date: May 2020


Michelle Tew, PhD Candidate

Research: Michelle's 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


Emma Watts, PhD Candidate

Research: Emma’s postgraduate research will focus on vaccine programs in LMIC and include a distributional cost effectiveness analysis of rotavirus vaccine introduction in Indonesia. Additionally, within a study of severe health events in Lao, sources of household vulnerability to catastrophic health expenditure, and financial coping mechanisms will be explored.

Start date: February 2019

Xiuqin Xiong, PhD Candidate

Research: Children are the future and their health is very important. My PhD project mainly focuses on the health economics of child health. At the current stage, I am using the LSAC data to study the quality of life of children.

Start date: October 2019


Completed PhDs

Xinyang Hua Health economics and chronic disease, with a specific focus on diabetes, 2018
Chris Schilling Increasing the value from individual-level observational data: practical applications in health economics, 2017
Foruhar Moayeri Health-related quality of life; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and smoking, 2016
Rachel Knott Empirical studies in socioeconomic-related health inequalities, 2015
Thomas Lung Health economics, simulation modelling and Type 1 diabetes mellitus, 2015

Selected publications

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

HUA, X., ERREYGERS, G., Chalmers, J., Laba, T. L., & CLARKE, P. (2017). Using administrative data to look at changes in the level and distribution of out-of-pocket medical expenditure: An example using Medicare data from Australia. Health Policy. Early online.

HUA, X., McDermott, R., Lung, T., Wenitong, M., TRAN-DUY, A., Li, M., & CLARKE, P. (2017). Validation and recalibration of the Framingham cardiovascular disease risk models in an Australian Indigenous cohort. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. [Epub ahead of print].

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).

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).

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.

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.