Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Introduction to Health Technology Assessment

The University of Glasgow

This online course introduced you to HTA, a multi-disciplinary process that evaluates the ethical, social, economic and organisation issues of a health intervention. The intervention may take the form of a pharmaceutical drug, a medical device, or a health service. In this context, health is not only the absence of disease or illness, but a person’s entire wellbeing. This course covered the topics of quality of life, making decisions within fixed health budgets, and cost-effectiveness.

3 weeks, 4 hours per week


Jim Lewsey

Reader in Medical Statistics

The University of Glasgow


Learning outcomes

  • Describe the multidisciplinary nature of Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
  • Develop an appreciation for the diverse range of skills and knowledge involved at each stage of HTA
  • Explain the concept of quality of life and understand how it can be measured
  • Reflect that when working within a fixed health budget tough decisions have to be made
  • Explore the concept of cost-effectiveness and how that can assist in making tough decisions in HTA


Week 1 – Introduction and what is HTA?

  • A bit about you
  • What is HTA?
  • Examples of HTA
  • Principles and stages of HTA
  • Who conducts HTA?

Week 2 – Making decisions with HTA

  • Measuring quality of life
  • Whose health should we prioritise?
  • Decision making using HTA
  • Importance of perspective
  • Identifying relevant costs

Week 3 – HTA in practice

  • Important research themes
  • HTA case study: findings and challenges

Issued on 17th January 2022

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Free online course:

Introduction to Health Technology Assessment

The University of Glasgow