Explore the applications of health technology assessment across different contexts to learn how to use HTA in practice.

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Develop an understanding of how HTA is used in different countries

There are wide cultural and systemic differences between countries, meaning there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to HTA.

This three-week course will help you explore HTA in practice in a variety of countries as you discover health technology assessment in different jurisdictions.

Explore case studies from HTA agencies

Examining case studies by HTA agencies, you’ll learn about their processes, methods, stakeholder engagement, and some of their challenges.

You will also see that although the scientific assessment of the available data may be similar wherever the HTA is undertaken, the way in which a technology is appraised (that is, how the assessment is used to devise recommendations on its value in healthcare) may vary from country to country.

Discover how decision-making skills play a key role in HTA

You’ll continue to explore HTA in the wider context to learn more about how countries make trade-offs between costs and benefits in their decision-making.

This knowledge will help you understand the number of elements that affect judgement calls, and how HTA bodies navigate this.

Learn from the experts at The University of Glasgow

Guided by the specialists at the Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA) Research Group at the University of Glasgow, you’ll finish the course with a sound understanding of HTA.

You’ll have both the theoretical and practical knowledge to immediately start applying HTA to your workplace.


  • Week 1

    Case studies: CADTH, Canada and MaHTAS, Malaysia

    • HTA agency case studies

      Canada and Malaysia HTA case studies

  • Week 2

    HTA country comparisons

    • HTA: country comparisons

      Pricing and incorporating other values

  • Week 3

    Decision-making: making trade-offs between benefits and costs

    • Decision making: trading off benefits and costs

      This last week is geared towards decision making

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Debate how different HTA bodies make trade-offs between costs and benefits to make appropriate judgements/decision-making
  • Explore the wider context in which HTA exists – health systems, guidance, evidence
  • Investigate different roles and structures of HTA bodies

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those working in healthcare including HTA agencies, healthcare professionals, researchers, and pharmaceutical industries.

It will help learners understand the methods of HTA and know how to use them in practice.

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

HTA reviewer with 10+ years experience in EBM in Malaysia. Seeking to leverage expertise in health economics and healthcare policy- and decision-making. Currently a PhD student in HEHTA.

A current PhD student in HEHTA.
Interested in Early-HTA in the innovation process and Medical Device Assessment Methodology.

Shelagh is an epidemiologist with 15 years of experience in health economics and outcomes research. She is currently working on her PhD, with a focus on qualitative research methods in HTA.

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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