HP4A3E Half Unit
Resource Allocation and Cost-effectiveness Analysis
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Dr Ranjeeta Thomas COW 2.07
This course is compulsory on the Executive MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management. This course is not available as an outside option.
The aim is to give an overview of the theory underlying economic evaluation as applied to the health care sector; to consider the different forms of economic evaluation; to give an understanding of the techniques associated with economic evaluation as applied to health care; to give an understanding of the interpretation of the results gained from economic evaluation; to provide the main practical tools necessary to undertake economic evaluation using computer-based programs. The course will cover the following topics: Conceptual rationales for economic evaluation in the health care sector (Pareto efficiency, Social Welfare, extra-welfarism and decision-making); Introduction to the methods of economic evaluation: cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis, and Cost-benefit analysis; Cost data; Incremental cost-effectiveness analysis; Quality Adjusted Life Years gained and other outcome measures; Discounting; Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis; Economic evaluation and clinical trials; Policy decision-making using economic evaluation.
This course will be delivered as a combination lectures and seminars. In seminars students will work on structured learning activities set by the course lead.
In class group exercise: critical appraisal of published evidence
M Drummond et al, Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, Oxford, OUP, 2015, fourth edition..
M Drummond & A McGuire (Eds), Economic Evaluation in Health Care: Merging Theory with Practice, Oxford, OUP, 2002.
Gray, A. Clarke, P.M, Wolstenholme, P., Wordsworth, S. Applied Methods of Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Healthcare (Handbooks in Health Economic Evaluation), Oxford, OUP, 2011.
Students will be given access to essential readings before the course begins through the pre-sessional reading programme on Moodle, which they will be expected to read prior to the first day of class.
Coursework (20%) and take-home assessment (80%) in the LT and or ST.
Students will complete coursework tasks during the teaching block (20% of the final mark) and a take home assessment of critical appraisal of a published study (80% of the final mark) in the weeks following teaching delivery.
Student performance results
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Health Policy
Total students 2019/20: 3
Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable
Controlled access 2019/20: Yes
Value: Half Unit