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International Health Technology Assessment and Reimbursement (Online)

School of Health and Related Research, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Build your understanding of health technology assessment with the only online course offering the full range of skills needed by those developing health technologies for market.
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Course description

This is the only online course offering the full range of skills needed by those developing health technologies for markets across the globe.

The course is taught by experts who work directly with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on health technology appraisals.

You’ll gain an understanding of the entire HTA process alongside practical insights into the markets, pricing and customers needed for new product development in the healthcare industry. If you’re already working or aspire to work in the field of health technology assessment, health economics or market access, this course will give you the training you need to progress in your career or gain a post as a health technology evaluator or commissioner.

The course is suited to those working in the pharmaceutical, medical devices or diagnostics industries worldwide, or within health technology policy formulation, management and evidence-based commissioning and purchasing. You'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the processes and contexts of markets, pricing and customers needed for new product development in multiple jurisdictions.

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Modules

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

Continuing Professional Development

All modules on this course can be studied as standalone CPD modules. It is possible to complete standalone modules and then apply to transfer to an MSc/PGDip/PGCert qualification. Any time spent on the CPD route counts toward the time-limit a student has to complete their chosen qualification.

You will take 180 credits including all core modules listed, plus two optional modules. You will also complete a research project worth 60 credits.

Core modules:

Methods and Processes in International Health Technology Assessment

This module outlines the process of Health Technology Assessment and sets out the framework by which companies may develop Therapeutic Value Propositions (TVPs), i.e. positions in a disease management pathway where a new technology may add value in terms of effectiveness, safety or cost. The module covers identification and synthesis of evidence to construct disease management pathways, and how to pinpoint areas of unmet need. It also covers an introduction to the types of evidence needed to demonstrate clinical and cost-effectiveness, including clinical trial design as well as non-trial evidence.

15 credits
Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis: Principles DL

The purpose of this unit is to enable students to understand the principles of systematic review. It covers the defining characteristics and application of systematic reviews; how to search for and select relevant evidence; how to quality assess primary research articles; the key issues that may generate bias; and the general principles governing evidence synthesis.

15 credits
International Healthcare Systems and Reimbursement DL

This module introduces students to the range of healthcare and reimbursement systems to be found throughout the world, considering tax-based, compulsory private insurance, employer insurance, private insurance and uninsured systems with varying degrees of centralisation and devolution. Students will consider how health technology assessment (HTA) fits within these systems, looking at one or two countries as particular examples.

15 credits
Cost-effectiveness Modelling in International Health Technology Assessment DL

This unit sets out the different uses of modelling in Health Technology Assessment (HTA), together with the main principles and common techniques (including Markov models and individual level simulation). It reviews the international guidance on good practice and develops particpants' skills to appraise and commission models for HTA. Learning is based around a core international literature on modelling covering methodological papers and a substantial set of case studies, ensuring learning is grounded in real world examples. Participants also undertake some simple 'hands-on' model-building and model reviewing in EXCEL to help embed the principles learned.Students interested to learn more about building cost-effectiveness models can enrol the Building Cost-effectiveness Models for HTA module (HAR6119). This module runs in the Spring semester and is worth 15 credits.

15 credits
Economic Evaluation in International Health Technology Assessment DL

This unit introduces the concept of economic evaluation as applied to health technology assessment, the different types of evaluation that are available and the various stages and techniques that need to be applied to generate results. The techniques will be matched against current practice guidelines in different jurisdictions so that students can understand the current policy context of the methods. Also, as additional techniques are described, the strengths and weaknesses of each will be highlighted, with the students being encouraged to critically appraise their appropriateness to different contexts and jurisdictions.

15 credits
International Health Technology Assessment and Reimbursement Real World Case Studies

This module provides students with real-world case-studies of HTA submissions for a range of therapeutic interventions, and encourages a critical approach to the evaluation of the different methods used. The module is a summation of the taught modules for students on the diploma programme, introduces advanced topics and prepares Masters students for the long project module.

15 credits
Long Project

This is the long project for the MSc in International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement. It is designed to allow students to integrate their knowledge of health technology assessment, pricing and reimbursement acquired throughout the MSc, using a real or hypothetical case study of a health technology to prepare a value case for submission in multiple jurisdictions.

60 credits

Optional modules - two from:

Randomised Controlled Trials to Support Reimbursement Decision Making DL

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are of use when evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, as part of health technology assessment and decision-making. This unit covers the appropriate use of trials, the range of available research designs, strategies to optimise recruitment, sample size, outcome measures, and the use of economic and qualitative methods alongside trials.

15 credits
Using Evidence in the Design and Development of Models

This unit sets out the process of developing decision-analytic models in health technology assessment (HTA), and explains how this process is informed by evidence. It explores conceptual modelling, including how to understand decision problems and how to apply this understanding to the specification and population of a relevant decision-analytic framework. Students are introduced to information retrieval methods and formal problem structuring processes as applied to HTA.

15 credits
Building Cost-effectiveness Models for Health Technology Assessment

An advanced course teaching the technical and practical skills required to build cost-effectiveness models for international health technology assessment. It builds on from the introductory unit, HAR6113 Cost-effectiveness modelling in international HTA, which covered the principles behind modelling. Content includes problem definition and structuring, building decision tree and Markov/state transition models in Excel, identifying appropriate data sources, implementing deterministic and probabilistic sensitivity analysis, and Value of Information analysis. It is an advanced course, aimed at students with a strong mathematical background who want to go on to build their own economic models.Students require a mathematical / statistical background and a sound understanding of the principles of modelling (prior completion of HAR6113 or evidence of previous training/knowledge). Good pre-existing Excel skills are essential. For students considering this Module as a standalone option who only require an understanding of the principles of economic modelling and good practice and who need the skills to be able to review other people¿s models, but do not need the technical skills to build their own models, the introductory module HAR6113: Cost-effectiveness Modelling in International HTA may be a more appropriate choice of module.

15 credits
Utility and Patient-reported Outcomes Data in Health Technology Assessment

The module explores the assessment and generation of patient reported outcomes for use in international health technology assessment, the quality adjusted life year (QALY) model and its weaknesses, and alternative methods of valuing benefits. The approaches used to generate outcomes and other utility data will be explored in relation to current practice guidelines of reimbursement and other agencies in different countries.

15 credits

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Teaching

The course is taught entirely online, and you study in your own time. The course is a mixture of online learning and independent study. We use customised online rooms within our Virtual Learning Environment to deliver course materials in an accessible and engaging format, including live online webinars allowing interaction with course tutors and other students.

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework and project work.

Duration

MSc or PG Diploma: 2-4 years, part-time

PG Certificate: 1-2 years, part-time

Your career

Our graduates typically work for

  • Large and small, national and international pharmaceutical and devices companies
  • Health economics consultancies (including being self-employed in this capacity)
  • Health care providers and hospital organisations
  • Government departments, ministries and agencies
  • HTA agencies
  • Universities

Our students live and work all over the world. They are seeking to develop key skills to enhance their careers within HTA, market access, trial design and other aspects of health technology assessment in the private or public sector.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a related subject.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

scharr-pgt-enquiries@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5454

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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