Title: Economic Evaluation in Health Care
Country: United Kingdom
Institution: UK - Institute for Global Health, University College London
Course coordinator: Jolene Skordis-Worrall
Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli
Date start: 2018-01-08
Date end: 2018-01-26
About duration and dates: Three weeks, plus 15 hours of portfolio preparation at the end of the course. Optional face-to-face sessions on 8th and 19th January 10:00 – 11:30
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Distance-based
Course location: UCL Institute of Child Health
ECTS credit points: 5 ECTS credits
SIT: 150 study hours:
5 hours Lecture/Screen-casts
35 hours practical sessions
70 hours private reading
25 online contact hours*
15 hours of portfolio preparation

- Throughout the course, the tutors will be available online to facilitate the online discussions and respond to the students’ questions.
- The course is assessed using a portfolio method. The portfolio is a collection of the practical exercises undertaken on the course, together with a reflection on the lessons learned through each exercise. It is assumed that 15 hours will be spent on the portfolio compilation and writing of the reflection.
Language: English
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
- Compare the common forms of Economic Evaluation and understand when they are most appropriately applied;
- Understand the different theoretical foundations of the economic evaluation of health care;
- Assess the different types of costs related to health care, and how they are measured;
- Contrast the different types of outcomes related to health care interventions, and how they are measured and valued;
- Appraise the need for equity considerations in economic evaluations of health care;
- Assess sources of uncertainty and how uncertainty should be represented in economic evaluations;
- Judge the quality and usefulness of economic evaluation of health care as commonly presented in published literature.
- Apply different economic evaluation methodologies to real world examples and engage with policy discourse around the application of economic evaluation data
Assessment Procedures:
The assessment will be in form of a portfolio (100%).
The portfolio will be a single document, evidencing the students’ responses to the practical exercises throughout the course and their reflections on each practical exercise. Student’s who fail the assessment will be given an opportunity to resubmit their portfolio within 4 weeks of receiving their grade.
General topics to be covered are as follows.
- Introduction to different types of economic evaluation, with an overview of their strengths and limitations;
- Theoretical foundations of economic evaluation in health care;
- Measuring costs in health care: issues and current debates;
- Measuring benefits of health care interventions;
- Discounting and sensitivity analysis in economic evaluations of health care;
- Equity issues in economic evaluation of health care;
- Using Economic Evaluation to inform research and policy
A range of innovative methods of learning will be used in this course. The course will combine an online didactic component (including lecture-casts and screen-casts, computer-based exercises and independent reading) with peer-to-peer learning through virtual journal clubs or online discussion forum, regular online contact with a tutor, the creation of a portfolio to assist with the transition from learning to working, and an assessment that is constructed over the duration of the course to form a final coherent whole in a modified version of portfolio assessment.
Students will not be required to have a formal background in Economics. All teaching assumes little or no knowledge of Economics and the content is designed to be understood without a previous Economics degree. Students are supported by online tutors where needed.
No limits
First come, first served.
GBP: 850
Student evaluation:
This course was implemented as a pilot e-learning course during April and May 2013. We received very positive feedback from the students about the course in general and the practical sessions (computer exercises and virtual journal clubs/discussion forum) and the assessment method (portfolio) in particular.

The main concerns expressed by the students were the distribution of the practical exercises throughout the course and limited time given for reflection on each exercise.
Lessons learned:
Based on the feedback received, necessary changes have been made to the course, including better spread of the work load across the three weeks, clearer instructions for the practical exercises and cutting some of the reading materials or replacing them with more practical readings.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Umea, January 2014. This accreditation is valid until January 2019.
Email Address: a.gilry@ucl.ac.uk
Date Of Record Creation: 2014-02-05 04:21:11 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2017-09-12 21:47:20 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-09-12 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 16:07:01 (W3C-DTF)

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