Ms Beatriz Rubio-Huete


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Beatriz completed her undergraduate in International Economics at the Public University of Navarre. She already showed her interest in health economics by doing an economic evaluation of the program of early detection of colorectal cancer for her undergraduate dissertation; guided by Dr. Juan Manuel Cabases. After two years of work experience in other sectors than academia, she decided to do her master's degree in Economics and Health Economics at the University of Sheffield. She worked with Dr. Simon Dixon on a cost-effectiveness analysis of Remifentanil intravenously administered patient-controlled analgesia versus Pethidine intramuscular injection for pain relief in labour (master’s dissertation). She is now working on a PhD, “What is the economic impact of mental health policies and services that are intended to reduce suicide rates?” with Dr. Rachel Elliot as her main supervisor.

Her research interests focus on healthcare policy evaluation, economic evaluation methods, applied econometrics, health technology assessment and mental health, among others.

PhD project description

Suicide is a major cause of death worldwide and its prevention is an international priority. Previous ground-breaking work by the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, University of Manchester, has identified that mental health policies and services can reduce suicide rates. Whilst these services reduce suicide rates, they incur costs, so health care providers may be reluctant to pay for them. In the past, mental health services have not been well-funded and many commentators have highlighted the disparity in approach between people with physical and mental health problems as inequitable and unfair. NHS England has proposed that mental health should be put on a par with physical health, referred to as “parity of esteem”.

There is little evidence around the economic impact of mental health service and policy provision and this evidence is needed to direct resources efficiently to those services that may provide best “value for money”. It is likely that once a societal perspective is taken on the economic burden of suicide, these policies would be seen to be even more cost-effective. 

External positions

Statistician, National Institute of Statistics

10 Jan 201613 Sep 2016

Accountant, ENISA

15 Dec 201410 Jan 2016

Economist, Public University of Navarra

15 May 201415 Aug 2014

Statistician, Volkswagen Navarre

15 Jan 201425 Jun 2014

Intern, Siesta Systems, S.L.

15 May 201315 Aug 2013

Areas of expertise

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2017 - Master of Social Science, Economics and Health Economics, The University of Sheffield (2016 - 2017)
  • 2014 - Bachelor of Economics, International Economics, Public University of Navarra (2010 - 2014)
  • 2012 - Bachelor of Economics, Exchange year, Carleton University (2012 - 2013)
  • Doctor of Social Science, PhD student, The University of Manchester (2017)