Delve into the methods of health technology assessment (HTA) to learn how this tool can help make better healthcare decisions.

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Understand the basics of HTA

Health technology assessment (HTA) is a key tool for helping with decision-making, particularly concerning priority setting and resource allocation.

This three-week course will help you delve into HTA and its methodology to understand how it can be used to its full potential. You’ll explore the definitions of the technology, the disciplines and stakeholders involved, and the outputs of HTA.

This knowledge of the key principles and processes will help you understand how HTA is conducted.

Unpack the process of an economic evaluation

Economic evaluation is a vital part of decision-making in healthcare. It helps to compare the costs, benefits, and outcomes – using economic evidence to make better decisions.

You’ll recognise the process and structure of economic evaluation by exploring two case studies and how economic evaluation is used in HTA.

Explore the expansion of HTA to LMIC (low and middle-income countries)

You’ll discover the wider context in which HTA exists and how HTA is being extended into low-and middle-income countries (LMIC).

You’ll also understand how we are in an era of investment and expansion of HTA, what this means for low-and middle-income countries, and the potential this brings for promoting universal health coverage.

Exploring case studies on economic evaluation in both a high-income and LMIC setting, and learning from the specialists at the University of Glasgow, you’ll finish the course with a firm understanding of HTA across different contexts.


  • Week 1

    HTA and incorporating economic evaluations

    • What is Health Technology Assessement?

      This week is an introduction to HTA, providing you with information on the topic of HTA.

  • Week 2

    Case study: Cost-utility analysis of Footballs Fans in Training (FFIT), Scotland

    • The Evaluation of FFIT

      This week looks at assessing evidence and economic evaluation in a high-income country setting.

  • Week 3

    Case Study: Cost-effectiveness evaluation of vector control strategies in Zambezia, Mozambique

    • Cost-effectiveness evaluation of vector control strategies in Zambezia, Mozambique

      This week looks at assessing evidence and economic evaluation in an LMIC context.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the core principles and processes of HTA
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the tools of assessment commonly used in HTA
  • Describe the process and structure of economic evaluation

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone working in health who wants to gain more of an understanding of Health Technology Assessment.

You’ll learn methods and processes of analyses, and gain technical skills in using HTA.

Who will you learn with?

Eleanor's research interests include economic evaluation of public health and complex interventions, both trial-based and using decision analytic modelling. She leads HEHTA’s Global HTA research theme

I am a health economist with interests in evaluating health interventions to reduce the burden of infectious diseases in low- & middle-income countries.

Who developed the course?

The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

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    Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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Explore the key concepts of health economics and how health technology assessment aids decision-making in healthcare.

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