This is the only online, international graduate programme offering the entire range of knowledge and skills needed by those developing health technologies for market, or involved in commissioning or evaluating health technologies.
Using innovative, online learning materials, the programme is suited to those with busy work commitments in these fields.
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 will gain a comprehensive understanding of the processes and contexts of markets, pricing and customers needed for new product development in multiple jurisdictions.
About the course
Programme starts September 2017
Intro week: 18-23 September
Teaching starts: 25 September
Modes and duration
2 - 5 years (MSc and PG Diploma)
1 - 2 years (PG Certificate)
One semester (individual modules)
£10,500 for the full MSc
£7,000 for the Diploma (120 credits, 8 modules)
£3,500 for the Certificate (60 credits, 4 modules)
£875 for single 15 credit modules
A bachelor's degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject
English language requirements: IELTS minimum of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)
The aims of the course are to:
Provide participants from health technology providers and assessors with a critical understanding of the entire process of health technology assessment, pricing and reimbursement worldwide.
Provide real knowledge and skills in the principles, techniques and real-world application of developing value propositions, trial design and analysis, systematic review and synthesis of evidence, economic evaluation including patient reported outcomes, and cost-effectiveness modelling in health technology assessment.
Equip graduates with professional-level competency in the design, commissioning, and review of health technology assessments in multiple jurisdictions (globally), and enable them to contribute a health technology assessment perspective in multi-disciplinary contexts such as product development planning, prioritisation of research and government or international health policy planning.
All modules account for 15 credits unless stated otherwise. You require 60 credits (4 x 15 credit modules chosen from any listed below) for the PG Cert, 120 Credits (8 x 15 credit modules including all 6 core modules below) for the PG Dip or 180 credits ( 8 x 15-credit modules including all 6 core modules listed below, plus the 60 credit project module) for the MSc. You can also choose to study 1 or more individual modules as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) student.
Please note that availability of optional modules is dependent on sufficient student numbers. Therefore, some optional modules (marked below with *) may not be available in some academic years.
Year 1 modules (all core modules - they must be studied)
Programme evaluations are run frequently to assess and improve the programme. We work constantly to develop and enhance the learning experience of our students.
How the course is taught
The programme is informed by three key elements:
This is a key element that drives the content of all modules. It means that we use real-world, real-life, up-to-date case studies, examples and scenarios, so that students can immediately see how their learning is "authentic", that is, applicable to their own working life, now and in the future.
Learning is social: we learn from each other as much as from purely independent study. The course uses multiple tools to deliver content and facilitate interaction with and between tutors and students, including discussion and chat tools, webinar software for real-time discussion and collaboration, wikis and screencasts. The online tools used in the programme enable and support such reciprocal learning.
Variety and flexibility
The majority of the materials are provided in the form of text, videos, screencasts, internet-based materials, and the use of interactive online tools. Materials are provided in blocks or "sessions" of 2-3 weeks duration. We have found that this approach supports and motivates students, and better permits the thorough and comprehensive study of materials, completion of formative exercises by our students who are usually studying on top of a full-time job and with other calls of their time.
We also offer the MSc Health Economics and Decision Modelling, run by the same department. This is a full or part-time face-to-face course which aims to develop students to be working professionals in HTA, decision modelling and health economic evaluation, capable of working immediately in health economics and outcomes research consultancies, university-based HTA centres, pharmaceutical and medical companies, healthcare and government organisations, or progressing in an academic career to PhD and further research. More details are available here.
We offer free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) during the year. These are free online courses open to everyone that provide an introduction to different topics in health economics such as 'Health Technology Assessment: Choosing Which Treatments Get Funded' and 'Valuing Health: Quality Adjusted Life years and Patient Reported Outcome Measures'. Prospective students may find these to be a useful introduction to important topics and to let you experience our teaching. More details are available here.
Our students typically already work for the following:
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;
Our students are an international body who live and work all over the world, from Japan to North America, Chile to Malaysia, Hungary to France. 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.
Who will benefit from studying this course?
This MSc is suited to all those working, or aspiring to work, in the field of health technology assessment nationally or internationally, whether for a company developing health technologies, or in a health service or regulatory body evaluating or commissioning health technologies. The course will help you progress in your chosen career in market access, trial design and other aspects of health technology assessment, in the private or public sector. For those aspiring to work in the field, the course will provide the comprehensive training needed to gain a post in industry or working as a health technology evaluator or commissioner anywhere in the world.
"I would totally recommend the online HTA course, as a result of which I'm pursuing my dream of a PhD in evidence synthesis! Thankyou."
(Michelle Maden, 2014 graduate)
"The iHTA program at SCHARR provides a holistic, global view of all key aspects of health technology assessment (HTA). The program has given me insights into many facets of HTA, all of which provide a strong foundation for my career as a professional with responsibility for health economics and reimbursement."
(Jason Lerner, 2014 graduate)
"This iHTA course at SCHARR is very impressive and I strongly recommend it for any students who are interested in the HTA area from whatever perspective. The program covers from the fundamental to advanced knowledge and still fits well with the needs of students who have different backgrounds. In addition, the program is well structured and very comprehensive and also allows interaction with other students. The Instructors and the team are also very supportive and knowledgeable too"
(Sirinthip Petcharapiruch, 2014 graduate)
"I really felt that HAR6119 was an amazing course for a good foundation to HE modelling"
(Zeynep Colpan, 2016 student)
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