Public Health, Health Services Research and HTA

Introduction to Health Technology Assessment

HTADS - Program on Health Technology Assessment &
Decision Sciences

4-Day Certified Course

2021 - no date defined so far


The HTADS Program starts with a four-day course focusing on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), Health-Economic Evaluation and Outcomes Research.
This introductory course covers the key elements and methods of HTA and combines lectures, discussions, case study group work, and hands-on computer lab session.

The course is aimed at members of:
  • Healthcare & health policy organizations, national HTA Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical & medical device industry
  • Academia and research institutions
  • Health insurances/sickness funds
  • Consultancy organizations
Course Pre-requisites

This is an introductory course, there are no pre-requisites. Course language is English.


By the end of the course, participants will be familiar with:
  • HTA principles and practice
  • Methods in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology and EbM
  • Patient-relevant outcome measures
  • Critical study appraisal
  • Systematic reviews & meta-analysis
  • Economic evaluation and pricing
  • Decision-analytic modeling (+ computer tutorial)
  • Context-specific application of HTA
  • HTA from different perspectives (agency, industry, etc.)


[Registration starts at 11:00]

Objectives & Framework of HTA
Clinical Investigation, EbM and Health Outcomes:
Study Design, Biostatistical & Epidemiological Methods, EbM, Systematic Reviews, Measuring Health Outcomes

EXERCISE: Assessing Clinical Publications: Case Example

Goal and Scope / Literature Search / Databases

Design, Methods, Software (RevMan 5.0, Cochrane Collaboration)
Health Technology Assessment (HTA):
Key Principles & Guidelines, Process & Methods, Horizon Scanning, HTA Institutions
EXERCISE: Working with HTA Reports: Case Example
Economic Evaluation in Health Care:

Costs, Economic Study Types, Trial-based Analysis, Modeling
EXERCISE:  Assessing Economic Publications: Case Example
Pharmacoeconomic Modeling:
Decision-analytic Modeling, Decision Trees/Markov Models/Discrete Event Simulation, Sensitivity Analysis, Validation
HTA from the European Perspective (EUnetHTA)

[End of course 14:00]

Reimbursement, Pricing & Market Access
EXERCISE: Programming a Decision-Analytic Model
SESSION XIV:  Specific Aspects and Future Challenges in HTA:
ELSI (Ethical, Legal & Social Issues), Impact, Harmonization, Future Trends, Wrap-up and Closing Remarks
Optional: Course Examination [14:30 - 15:30]

Course Director
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Uwe Siebert, MD, MPH, MSc, ScD
Professor of Public Health (UMIT TIROL), Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management (Harvard University), Chair, Dept. of Public Health, Health Services Research and Health Technology Assessment, UMIT – University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Hall i.T., Austria

Course Coordinator
Caroline Steigenberger, MPH
Institute of Public Health, Medical Decision Making & Health Technology Assessment
UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology

In addition, tutors from the Institute of Public Health, Medical Decision Making and Health Technology Assessment (UMIT) will be involved in all exercises.

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Rochau, MSc
Dipl.-Biol. Dr. Petra Schnell-Inderst, MPH
Ass.-Prof. Dr. Nikolai Mühlberger, MPH
Dipl.-Math. Dr. Beate Jahn



Certificates will be provided to all participants after the course.

For those who are interested in a graded course performance record, we are offering a course examination subsequent to the HTA course. The exam is designed to evaluate the understanding of the basic HTA concepts and is administered on the last day of the course. The exam is a closed-book test mainly consisting of multiple-choice answers, short calculations or open text questions, which are drawn from the major topic areas of the course. Further information regarding the examination and enrollment will be provided after registration.




Registration fees

Course fee (public/academic sector): Euro 1850
Early booking fee: Euro 1450
Course fee (commercial/private sector): Euro 3650
Early booking fee: Euro 2850

VAT is not payable.

Course fees include a comprehensive syllabus, an extensive binder with background reading material, course certificate, snacks and lunch, but not accommodation.


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Alumni – Save 20%
UMIT TIROL Alumni or if you have previously participated in a Continuing Education Program Course on HTADS, you are eligible for a discount on this course.

Method of Payment

Payment must be made by bank transfer. After registration, participants will be provided with the payment details via e-mail.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund of course fees (less 15% administrative charges) will be made for cancellations received in writing at least one month prior to the workshop. Substitutes can be made but please email new delegates details when known. Cancellations made less than one month prior to the course are non-refundable/non-changeable.
In the unlikely event that, due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment, the course has to be cancelled by the UMIT TIROL, our liability is limited to refund of course fees only. We recommend that delegates have adequate insurance cover to claim any travel or personal expenses.



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