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Methodology in Health Economic Evaluation

Content partner
Julius Center
Course coordinator
van der Meulen


Methodology in Health Economic Evaluation
17 - 21 June, 2024
Course co-ordinator
M. (Miriam) van der Meulen
Course description
The aim of this course is to introduce economic evaluation methodology and practice to persons unfamiliar with economic thinking in a healthcare and prevention context. Participants will be introduced to the main approaches to economic evaluation, the measurement of costs and effects, including quality of life measurements, economic modeling, and uncertainty analyses. Participants will also learn to assess economic evaluations as published in the literature.

The course topics will be covered in interactive lectures, case studies and group discussions. In addition, aspects of economic modeling will be covered extensively with computer exercises, in which participants will learn how to develop basic and advanced cost-effectiveness models.
Lectures and computer exercises will be given by staff from the Health Technology Assessment group of the Julius Center/UMC Utrecht.
Course objectives

At the end of the course the participants should:

  • be able to understand the key concepts of economic evaluation methodology
  • be able to design an economic evaluation study in which cost and effect measurements are incorporated
  • be able to critically assess published economic evaluations
  • have knowledge about decision-analytical Markov models with and without time-dependent probabilities and about probabilistic Markov models and the assessment of uncertainty by means of Monte Carlo simulation
  • be able to understand and assess the presentation of results from economic evaluations
Prerequisite knowledge
Participants need to be familiar with the use of functions and formulas in Microsoft Excel™.
Course: Classical Methods in Data Analysis or similar knowledge
Course days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
From 10 AM to 5 PM
Course format
Lectures, computer practicals, group exercises
We recommend to buy the following book, but this is not obligatory reading:
Drummond MF, Sculpher MJ, Torrance GW, O'Brien BJ, Stoddart GL. Methods for the economic evaluation of health care programmes (third edition). Oxford University Press, 2005.This book will be used for computer exercises, it is essential that students have access to this book at the beginning of the course. The book costs are approximately € 35-40.
80% attendance, Group Presentation & (Open book) Exam
Number of participants
Course fee
€ 980,-
Prerequisite for participation is sufficiënt capacity in terms of teachers and locations.


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