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Introduction to Health Economics and HTA

3-Day Certified University Course


This course combines lectures, discussions and case study group works in the key elements and methods of Health Economics (HE), Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and Health Decision Science.

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.


  • Key principles and practice of HE and HTA
  • Assessing health outcomes; clinical and epidemiological study types; utilities and the QALY concept
  • Assessing resource utilization and costs; economic study types (cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, cost-benefit, etc.), budget impact analysis
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis along the trial (using patient-level data)
  • Decision-analytic modelling in HE; model types (decision trees, Markov models, discrete event simulation, agent-based models)
  • Assessing uncertainty
  • Informing pricing and reimbursement decisions; league tables, ICER thresholds
  • Using real world evidence (RWE) in HE
  • Critical study appraisal
  • Good practices and guidelines for economic evaluation, (EUnetHTA, ISPOR-SMDM, CHEERS, etc.)
  • Context-specific application of economic evaluation in HTA;
  • Health Economics and HTA from different perspectives (agency, industry, decision maker etc.)
  • Breakout sessions and exercises assessing health economic publications



Certificates will be provided to all participants after the course.