Utility Data for use in Cost-effectiveness Models ONLINE

13.09.22 - 11.10.22 (5 Individual Sessions taking place over 5 consecutive Tuesday Afternoons)


NICE and health care funding agencies around the world are using QALYs (quality-adjusted life year), hence the need for health state utility data in their assessments of the cost-effectiveness of health care interventions. This raises questions about the measurement of health, the valuation of health and how to use the values in cost-effectiveness models. It creates additional challenges for meeting the requirements of a ‘reference case’ set of methods that may not be appropriate in all circumstances.

This new version of our popular health utilities course, comprises of five individual sessions covering a variety of topics relating to utility data.  Course participants can register for all five sessions, or select any number of individual sessions they wish to attend.

What does the course deliver?

This course outlines the practical requirements of measuring utility and obtaining utility data for health technology assessment for agencies such as NICE. The course explores up-to-date research and guidance in utilities including mapping, the updated 2022 NICE recommendations for Health Technology Assessment, and identifying utility evidence and using it in cost-effectiveness models.

  1. 13.09.22 (2pm - 5pm) - Introducing QALY's and Health State Utilities for use in Cost-effectiveness Models
    • What is QALY?;
    • Preference elicitation;
    • Whose preferences;
    • Generic and condition-specific preference-based measures.
  2. 20.09.22 (2pm - 5pm) - Mapping
    • Mapping;
    • Data, modelling, reporting and use of model outputs;
    • EQ-5D-5L to 3L.
  3. 27.09.22 (2pm - 5pm) - Identification and Review of Health State Utilities for use in Cost-effectiveness Models
    • Using utility data in economic models;
    • Identifying appropriate evidence from the literature;
    • Critically review & synthesise HSUVs;
    • ISPOR taskforce recommendations.
  4. 04.10.22 (2pm - 5pm) - Generating Health State Utilities for Public Policy in the UK: : In accordance with the NICE 2022 reference case for Health Technology Assessment
    • Revised NICE reference case;
    • EQ-5D and how to determine whether it is inappropriate;
    • What to do when EQ-5D is not appropriate;
    • What is the role of vignette studies?;
    • Utility measures in children;
    • International recommendations.
  5. 11.10.22 (2pm - 5pm) - Collection and use of Health State Utilities for Cost-effectiveness Models
    • Health state utilities for cost-effectiveness models;
    • Collection of utility data;
    • Use of utility data within models.

Who will benefit from the course?

This course is for academics, government agencies, pharmacoeconomics and outcomes experts in industry and consultancies with an interest in the use of health state utility data. 

Course content:

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.


Dates and times

This newly devised course will be delivered online.  It will consist of 5 individual sessions taking place over 5 consecutive weeks, on Tuesday afternoons as follows:

  • Tuesday, 13th September 2022 (2pm - 5pm) - Introducing QALY's and Health State Utilities for use in Cost-effectiveness Models
  • Tuesday, 20th September 2022 (2pm - 5pm) - Mapping
  • Tuesday, 27th September 2022 (2pm - 5pm) - Identification and Review of Health State Utilities for use in Cost-effectiveness Models
  • Tuesday, 4th October 2022 (2pm - 5pm) - Generating Health State Utilities for Public Policy in the UK
  • Tuesday, 11th October 2022 (2pm - 5pm) - Collection and use of Health State Utilities for Cost-effectiveness Models

You can attend all five sessions, or select any number of individual sessions that you wish to attend.


The fees for this newly developed online course are as follows:

No of Sessions

Standard Rate

Includes % discount

1 Session



2 Sessions



3 Sessions



4 Sessions



5 Sessions



If you are a member of ScHARR staff or a ScHARR student, you may be eligible for a further reduced fee.  Please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk to confirm your eligibility and details of how to make a booking.


Booking and Payment

All of our ScHARR short course bookings are initially processed via our Online Store and payment can be made via credit/debit card, PayPal.


Payment via Invoice:
If your organisation is paying your fees and they would prefer to be invoiced, please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk to confirm invoicing details (including copy of purchase order wherever possible).

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

Course Delivery/Requirements

This course will be delivered online using the University of Sheffield Blackboard platform.  Further details and links will be provided directly to participants a few days prior to the course/session start date.

Online Delivery

  1. Reliable and stable internet connection.
  2. A PC (or Laptop if a PC is not available to you).
  3. Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB Headset)
  4. A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.
  5. Ability to access Google Sites and other Microsoft/Google software.

For further information, please contact ScHARR Short Course Unit via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

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: 8 August 2022