Online Microcredential in Business & Management

Introduction to Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment

Learn the skills to understand how healthcare economics and the use of technology affect clinical outcomes and decision making.

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The University of GlasgowThe University of Glasgow

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Get an introduction to the key factors behind healthcare decision making

As healthcare systems around the world grapple with an unprecedented strain on resources and equipment, health economics and health technology assessment is in the spotlight like never before – and is certain to be a burgeoning field of employment in years to come.

Being able to fully understand the different factors behind the economics of healthcare – and how technology can affect clinical outcomes – is crucial to managing or participating in large-scale healthcare projects or organisations. Having the skills to critically access and discuss these issues can set your CV apart.

On this microcredential, you’ll explore practical case studies with experts in the field. You’ll learn how to critically discuss the key concepts of health economics – including the healthcare market, and clinical outcomes – and how to examine the core issues of health technology assessment, including the stakeholders involved, outputs, assessment, and impact.

Ultimately, you’ll be able to critically evaluate the contribution of health economics and health technology assessment to healthcare decision-making at a governmental and organisational level, leaving you confident to take your healthcare career to the next level.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

What skills will you learn?

  • Task-based and directed learning
  • Critical appraisal
  • Critical reflection
  • Team working
  • Presentational
  • Self-motivational

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Discuss the key concepts of health economics (definitions of health, utility, health care market (supply and demand), outcomes (costs, life years, quality adjusted life years)
  • Discuss the key concepts of health technology assessment (definitions of technology, the disciplines involved, the stakeholders, outputs, assessment, appraisal, dissemination, impact)
  • Evaluate the contribution of health economics and health technology assessment to health care decision making

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To join this microcredential, you will need at least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant quantitative subject (ie. economics, mathematics, statistics, medicine, pharmacy, epidemiology, or health services research) from a recognised institution.

Consideration may be given to those with a relevant professional qualification who have experience in the field of health economics and/or health technology assessment.

This course would appeal to anyone interested in undertaking research projects funded by HTA agencies, national research bodies, or health technology companies.

Is this microcredential right for you?

Anyone currently working in or studying healthcare or exploring healthcare management jobs would be interested in this course as an upskilling opportunity to further your career.

This includes:

  • Early career quantitative researchers interested in an academic career in health economics (HE) or health technology assessment (HTA).
  • Pharmaceutical professionals.
  • Biotechnology professionals.
  • Health insurance professionals.
  • Local or national government agency healthcare workers.
  • Employees of health service providers or international health organisations.
  • Recent graduates.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Course 1

    From 27 Jul 2020

    Welcome to Introduction to Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment

    This week will introduce you to the University of Glasgow and the key topics of this microcredential.

    1 week

    10 hours per week

  • Course 2

    From 3 Aug 2020

    What is Health Economics?

    Key concepts of health economics, explores mechanisms of the healthcare market and challenges to the global healthcare system.

    3 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 3

    From 24 Aug 2020

    What is Health Technology Assessment?

    Explores the current landscape of Health Technology Assessment globally and introduces key concepts, processes and methods.

    3 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 4

    From 14 Sep 2020

    The Health Minister’s Dilemma

    Applying critical understanding from previous weeks to case studies in high and low/middle income country settings.

    2 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 5

    From 28 Sep 2020

    Exploring the Relationship Between Health Economics (HE) and Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

    Recap of the key learning for this course; reflecting on difference between HE and HTA; introducing the assessment.

    1 week

    10 hours per week

What you will receive

10 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The University of Glasgow

This microcredential enables the award of credit towards MSc HTA (online distance learning). Successful completion of this course provides 10 credits towards a PG Certificate (60 credits), PG Diploma (120 credits), or MSc (180 credits) in HTA.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

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Career-focused learning by 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.

  • Established

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

Delivered by experts

I'm a Health Economist at HEHTA, UoGlasgow. My work involves undertaking economic evaluations alongside clinical trials, decision-analytic modelling, analysing linked health data & evidence synthesis.

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

Houra is a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow. She works on evaluating public health interventions applying econometric modelling especially time series analyses.

Jim is a Professor of Medical Statistics at the University of Glasgow. Jim is programme director and teaches on the MSc in Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

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