SA4C3      Half Unit
Statistical Methods in Health Care Economic Evaluation

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr. Maria Raikou, OLD.2.24


This course is available on the MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing, MSc in Health, Population and Society, MSc in International Health Policy and MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


There is no pre-requisite, although it is envisaged to be complementary to SA4C4.

Course content

This course develops the statistical and modelling techniques necessary to apply economic evaluation to the health care sector. Introduction to random variables and probability distribution, linear regression analysis, logistic regression analysis, survival analysis for health outcomes, survival analysis for treatment costs, parametric and non-parametric approaches for missing data, economic evaluation and clinical trials. Estimation of confidence intervals for cost-effectiveness ratios. Transformation of ratios - net benefit approach. Presentation of results, acceptability curves. This is the same course as SA4G4 Statistical Methods in Health Care Economic Evaluation (modular) but it has different teaching and assessment arrangements.


20 hours of lectures and 16 hours of computer workshops in the LT. 1 hour of lectures in the ST.

Indicative reading

The following are basic reading for the course: M Drummond & A McGuire (Eds), Economic Evaluation in Health Care: Merging Theory with Practice, OUP, 2002; M Drummond, B O'Brien, G Stoddart & T Torrance, Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, 2nd edn, OUP, 1997; M Gold, J Siegel, L Russell & M Weinstein, Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, OUP, 1996; M Johannesson, Theory and Methods of Economic Evaluation in Health Care, Kluwer, 1996; P Johansson, Evaluating Health Risks: An Economic Approach, CUP, 1995


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2500 words) in the ST.

This is the same course as SA4G4 Statistical Methods in Health Care Economic Evaluation (modular) but it has different teaching and assessment arrangements.

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 2.9
Merit 61.8
Pass 33.3
Fail 2

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: 27

Average class size 2014/15: 29

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills

Course survey results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 62.1%



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