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This is an intensive classroom-based course for health economists and health professionals, with some knowledge of health economics, who wish to learn about the methodology of cost-effectiveness analysis as applied in health care. The course will be held face-to-face in KUALA LUMPUR.

The course will include the following sessions:

- Introduction 

- Health Outcomes

- Resource Use & Costs

- Reporting & Presenting Cost-effectiveness Results

 In addition, participants will be offered access to a subsequent online session in Decision Analysis and Modelling (date tbc)




Analytic methods of economic evaluation are applied in health care to address the fundamental economic question of how to allocate scarce health care resources to maximise health gain. This course teaches the latest methods for performing a cost-effectiveness analysis of a healthcare intervention.


Standards of best practice in economic evaluation, required by health technology assessment and reimbursement agencies, and more recently by leading journals, have become more explicit and more demanding over time. The course provides the expertise to use and interpret the guidelines issued by official and professional bodies.

In addition, health economists are increasingly involved in complex studies: for example, conducting economic evaluations alongside large pragmatic trials running over a long period of time with multiple comparisons, multiple endpoints and incomplete patient specific data on resource use and quality of life. Furthermore, even the largest and longest clinical trials do not remove the need for economic modelling, which may be required before, during, after and instead of trials. The course provides the tools for conducting such economic evaluations. The exercises that form part of the course enable participants to learn the techniques by direct experience. 


The course is designed for those who need to perform cost-effectiveness analysis in healthcare and those who need to understand in some depth the issues that health economists face when performing these analyses, hence, researchers and decision makers from public, commercial and academic organizations concerned with healthcare resource allocation. In the quarter century that the course has been running participants have come from a wide variety of organizations and from all over the world. If you are unsure as to whether the course is suitable for you, please email us and we will be happy to advise.

Participants from all countries are welcome. As this is the first time the course has been hosted in South-East Asia for almost twenty years, it may be of extra interest to participants from the region. Participants working in the university or government sectors in Malaysia may be entitled to a bursary to enable them to attend the course - please contact Dr Lee-Ling Lim for further details:


Prospective participants are advised that they will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel. There are no formal prerequisites for attendance, but participants need to be familiar with Microsoft Excel, and to have some prior knowledge of the principles of economic evaluation. If you do not feel confident working in Excel, please click HERE to assess your competency prior to attending the course. 


 - To provide detailed study of the methods of cost-effectiveness analysis for health care interventions

- To give participants ‘hands on’ experience through the use of computer-based exercises with real data

- To broaden the knowledge base of researchers through the use of practical examples and problems

This course is taught in English and a certificate of attendance will be issued post course.

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For enquiries, including group bookings, please contact the HERC Administration team at, or to be placed on a waiting list for future courses please visit