Introduction to Economic Evaluation

Course dates

24 - 26 April 2019

Course duration

3 days ( Approximately 18 hours of teaching including lectures and practicals)
Registration will begin at 9am on the first day; the course will finish by 4:30 on the final day.

Course tutors

Dr Elsa MarquesDr Sian Noble (course organisers), Professor William Hollingworth, Professor Nicky Welton, Professor Joanna Coast, Dr Joanna Thorn, Dr Howard Thom, Dr Sabina Sanghera, Dr Paul Mitchell and others.

Course aims 

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of economic evaluation in health care. Participants will be able to recognise the role of economic evaluations and when conducting one may be appropriate; critically appraise the methods and approaches taken in economic evaluations; and evaluate how economic results may influence real-world decision-making.

Course objectives

By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  1. explain the rationale for measuring cost-effectiveness within the health care sector;
  2. distinguish between different forms of economic evaluation and, in a given context, give an explanation as to which approach should be used;
  3. explain the techniques used to measure and value costs and benefits in an economic evaluation;
  4. explain the basic methods of model-based economic evaluation;
  5. interpret the results of an economic evaluation;
  6. critically review published economic evaluations; and
  7. explain how economic evaluation can influence decision-making.  

Who the course is intended for

Clinicians, public health specialists and researchers who are, or will be, involved in research projects that evaluate the cost-effectiveness of health care. The course will also be useful for professionals who would like a better understanding of the quality and clinical practice implications of economic evaluations published in the medical literature.

Please note: No previous experience or knowledge of economics is required. There will be opportunities for course participants to discuss and develop planned and ongoing research topics. Experience of using Microsoft Excel is useful for some practical sessions.  

Course outline

  • The rationale for measuring the efficiency in health care: values and ethical judgments in economic evaluation
  • Identification, measurement and valuation of resource use to create costs
  • Identification, measurement and valuation of health benefits and benefits beyond health, including the use of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), and the ICECAP capability measure
  • Interpreting the results of economic evaluations
  • Applying decision analysis models in economic evaluation
  • Critically appraising the quality of economic evaluations
  • Translating economic evidence into health policy

Please note: Some of the course sessions will be held in a computer lab, so you will not need to bring a laptop.   


Bookings for this course have now closed.

Very impressed with the course content and excellent organisation of the course. I liked the addition of practical exercises which helped to consolidate my learning and I found all tutors very approachable.

Course feedback, March 2017

Course fee


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Course venue

Bristol Medical School
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
United Kingdom

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Course refreshments

We provide morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, including tea and coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit.

If you have specific dietary needs we ask that you let us know in advance.

Lunch is not included. There are a range of local cafes and supermarkets nearby for students to purchase lunch. 


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