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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.



Next dates:

  • Monday 27th July 2020 - Friday 31st July 2020 REGISTRATION HAS NOW CLOSED


Early Booking (until Wednesday 8th July 2020) Private Individual / Industry  £199 NOW CLOSED

Early Booking (until Wednesday 8th July 2020) Academic / Public Sector / Non-Profit Organisation  £99 NOW CLOSED

Private Individual / Industry  £235

Academic / Public Sector / Non-Profit Organisation  £135

Lower Middle Income Country** (LMIC) Private Individual / Industry £199

Lower Middle Income Country** (LMIC) Academic / Public Sector / Non-Profit Organisation £99

**Countries which are defined as low-income economies or lower-middle-income economies (LMIC), as defined by The World Bank Group, are eligible for the reduced short course fees. Eligible countries can be found at this webpage:

Intro to HEE Book

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. In 2020 we will be offering 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.


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 course material will be provided at least a week in advance of the course. The lectures and practical exercises can be viewed and worked through on the morning of the live session, or at a time convenient to participants before these live sessions. There is no set material to cover on the final day, the optional session with tutors on the Friday is an opportunity to ask questions about any of the sessions.

Example Programme

The language of the course is English.

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

More on course content

Further information - Email HERC