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We are pleased to offer this short course online. This course is for health professionals and health researchers who want to understand the basics of health economics and its relevance to the health service. No previous knowledge of economics is required.

Introduction to Health Economic Evaluation - Generic Course Programme

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Oxford University or the OUH NHS Foundation Trust employees may be eligible for a bursary: Closing date 01 May 2024: Research Training Bursaries | NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre


What the course is about

The course is the starting point for anyone involved in the healthcare sector or in health services who needs to be introduced to the language of economics and economic evaluation. It explains how economists evaluate the costs and benefits of health interventions, and how health economics is used by decision makers in the health services and in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries.

The course has been offered regularly at the University of Oxford for a UK-based audience, with its content applicable to healthcare worldwide. From 2020 we have offered this course online.

No previous knowledge of economics is required, but for those who do have some general knowledge of health economics, or economic evaluation, it will serve as an introduction to the Applied Methods of Cost-effectiveness Analysis course.

  • To introduce key health economic concepts
  • To give an understanding of the design, conduct and analysis of economic evaluation in healthcare.


INTRODUCTORY MODULE - (Watch Module 1 of the course here)


The course is divided into four modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to key health economic concepts
  • Module 2: Measuring and valuing outcomes
  • Module 3: Measuring and valuing costs
  • Module 4: Interpreting and using cost-effectiveness analysis in decision making

Modules will comprise of a mix of pre-recorded lectures, practical exercises to reinforce the presentations, and live sessions with tutors to go over exercises and to provide an opportunity for questions.

Access to the online course materials including the pre-recorded lectures, exercises and other supporting documents will be provided two weeks in advance of the live sessions.

The lectures and practical exercises can be viewed and worked through at a time convenient to participants before the live sessions which will take place.

The language of the course is English.

A certificate of participation will be provided (electronically) post course.

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