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Foundations of Economic Evaluation in Health Care

Economic evaluation is widely used to inform clinical and health system decision-making and policy. Also, the demand for such evaluation from health and medical research funding bodies is rising.

Dates: 2018 dates to be confirmed
Location: Online

Course overview

This introductory online course will provide you with a foundation understanding of all key issues in the economic evaluation of health care programs.

Designed for participants with little or no prior knowledge of health economics, it comprises a set of short lectures (including multi-choice/short-answer questions) and problem-solving practicals, providing the opportunity to explore issues in greater depth.

The course also has a customised website where you’ll be able to access and review all lectures, practicals and background readings, and communicate with other participants and the course coordinator through discussion boards.

Course structure 

This course comprises four key parts:

Part 1: Introduction to economic evaluation including the building blocks of economic evaluation. 
Part 2: Health outcomes and costs including a full coverage of outcome measures with a focus on quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs).   
Part 3: Presentation and interpretation of economic evaluation including its use to inform clinical and public funding decisions
Part 4: Uncertainty and long-term extrapolation including an introduction to decision analytic modelling 


Please contact the course coordinator Dr Hossein Afzali for enrolment information.

Who should attend?

The course is ideal for people requiring a foundation for more advanced studies in health economic evaluation. This includes those working in professions allied to health services research, pharmacy, medicine, nursing and dentistry, and policymakers working in applied health economics.

About the course coordinator

Dr Hossein Afzali is a senior health economist with expertise in the economic evaluation of health technologies and the application of decision-analytic modelling techniques. He is a member of the Evaluation Sub-Committee (ESC) of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), whose role is to advise the Australian Government on evidence relating to the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new medical procedures.


For further information please contact Dr Hossein Afzali.

What our previous students say

I wanted to gain further knowledge in reporting resource allocation and evaluation. Stepping through this course assisted me to look at the health care services delivered and how best to measure improvement.
Marion Eckert, General Manager, Support, Research and Policy, Cancer Council South Australia
I had little formal education in economics and I found the course interesting and engaging. I learned concepts and terminology that will allow me to more effectively manage the scarce resources of the public health organisations for which I work.
Richard Elias, Intensive care unit staff member, Adelaide