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This is a one-day course for health professionals and health researchers who want to understand the basics of health economics and its relevance to the health service.


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Commercial / Private Sector     £295

Academic / Public Sector          £195


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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 is offered regularly at the University of Oxford for a UK-based audience, but its content is applicable to healthcare world wide. Read comments from previous participants.

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  course on applied methods of cost-effectiveness analysis.

A certificate of attendance from the University of Oxford will be awarded to participants.


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


This is a one-day course starting at 9.15 am and finishing at 5.00 pm (registration from 08:45 am). Lunch and refreshments are provided.

The language of the course is English.

It is divided into four sessions, each lasting approximately 1½ hours. Practical exercises reinforce the presentations.

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

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