ONLINE Advanced Simulation Methods


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Within healthcare decision-making, cohort Markov models and decision trees are frequently used. However, in some situations, these are not the most appropriate modelling methods. This course provides an in-depth review of individual-level simulation rationale, techniques and methodologies with a particular focus on discrete event simulation and its practical application to inform healthcare decision-making. From the fundamentals of a basic model, the course will progress to modelling complex systems, verification and interpreting output, as well as exploring alternative software options. 

What does the course deliver?

This course aims to provide participants with the skills required to be able to undertake simulation projects to a professional level. It will be both theoretically-based and practically-based, with the use of the Simul8 software package. It will cover the use of discrete-event simulation to assess the impact of alternative options within a local system with resource constraints and the use of patient-level simulation for health economic modelling.

Who will benefit from this course?

This course is primarily for health economic modellers who want to broaden their skill base, as well as healthcare decision-makers who would like to understand more about patient-level simulation and when it might be useful.

Participants must have a basic level of knowledge of health economic modelling in order to follow the course.

Course content:

The course will be taught using a mixture of live sessions, pre-recorded materials plus exercises to be completed between sessions.


Dates and times

This will be updated once the next intake has been confirmed.  The course has previously been delivered online over 6 half day sessions.

In the meantime, please complete the Register Interest google form below with your details and you will be contacted as soon as the next intake has been confirmed.

The fee for this ONLINE delivered course is £599 per person.  

If you are a member of ScHARR Staff or a ScHARR Student please contact Karen Holden at in the first instance, to confirm your eligibility and details of how to book at the reduced rate of £499.

Booking and payment
This will be updated once the next intake has been confirmed.
In the meantime, please complete the Register Interest google form below with your details and you will be contacted as soon as the next intake has been confirmed.
Payment can be made via credit/debit card, PayPal or via company invoice (provided a purchase order can be provided at the time of booking).

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your purchase order details before making your booking.  Wherever possible please also email an electronic copy of your company purchase order to

Immediate payment or purchase order details are required at the time of booking, please ensure you have these details to hand before making your booking.

If you have any queries or require any further details, please contact Karen Holden at

Course delivery

This course will take place ONLINE via the University’s ‘Blackboard’ platform, over 6 x half day sessions plus some self-directed learning between sessions.

Online delivery via University’s Blackboard platform:

  • Reliable and stable internet connection.
  • A PC or Laptop with a mouse (a USB mouse is recommended for ease of completing exercises in-class).
  • Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB Headset)
  • A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact ScHARR Short Course Unit via email at

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to take telephone enquiries due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation as staff are working remotely at this present time.  Please accept our sincere apologies for inconvenience this may cause.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is 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.

Information last updated: 14 March 2022