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Scotland’s first postgraduate degree in health economics is being launched by the University of Aberdeen to help meet a shortage of those working in the field.

Economics is of increasing importance in health and health care - it informs policymakers about health care decisions on all sorts of issues.

Dr John Skatun, Head of Economics at the University of Aberdeen, said: “Economics is often defined as the study of the allocation of scare resources. The application of economics to health and health care is therefore increasingly being recognised as a primary policy tool.