Public Health, Health Services Research and HTA

Introduction to Health Technology Assessment

4-Day Certified University Course

2022 - 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.)


Objectives & Framework of Health Technology Assessment 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 Meta-Analysis:
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 Different Perspectives 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

In addition, tutors from the Institute of Public Health, Medical Decision Making and Health Technology Assessment (UMIT TIROL) 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.



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.


There are a number of hotels near the campus. Reservations should be made when you receive your registration and payment confirmation. We have made special arrangements with hotels near the course location. After registration, you will receive more details regarding accommodation via email.

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.

In case of restrictions due to COVID-19, the course will be held completely online.