The development and application of new health technologies (pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical products and devices used to diagnose, monitor or treat diseases or enhance health and well-being) is crucial to the future prosperity of both developed and developing nations. Health technology assessment (HTA), and the associated strategies for pricing technologies and obtaining reimbursement from purchasers, is a relatively new area of expertise.
From an industry perspective, the effective assessment, pricing and reimbursement techniques for health technologies are critical to bringing a technology to market and thus to corporate success. From the perspective of those charged with governing health technologies and reimbursing providers, evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of health technologies is critical to equity and good governance of public monies.
The specific skills to undertake cost-effectiveness modelling, a key methodology within HTA, are highly technical and in high-demand within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. This PG Cert in Cost-Effectiveness Modelling for Health Technology Assessment provides these skills, and its online learning, part-time mode of delivery has been developed in response to a clear demand from the health technology industries including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and diagnostic technologies.
ScHARR is a world leader in HTA, with internationally renowned expertise in cost-effectiveness modelling. The School’s reputation is reflected in its large on-going contract to provide assessment of technologies for the UK HTA body, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
About the course
|Programme starts September 2019
Modes and duration
- Intro week: 23-28 September
- Teaching starts: 30 September
- Taught online over 2 years
- Individual modules: one semester
- Check the current programme fee on our fee calculator.
Fees are charged pro-rata for the postgraduate diploma and postgraduate certificate.
Part-time programme fees are normally split over the first two years of study. A charge may be made for inflation in the second year. Contact us for more details.
- £917 for single 15 credit modules
Taking modules via the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) route
- 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)
- It is possible to complete standalone modules via our Continuing Professional Development programme (please check individual module web pages for CPD availability), and then apply to transfer to one of our qualifications. Any time spent on the CPD route counts toward the time-limit a student has to complete their chosen qualification. Please contact the CPD administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
|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.
- Equip graduates with basic competency in the design of cost-effectiveness models in multiple jurisdictions.
Year 1 modules
Core - compulsory
Year 2 modules
Core - compulsory
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.
|How the course is taught
- The programme is informed by three key elements:
- Authentic learning
- Social learning
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.
||As well as the MSc International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement, which covers further aspects of HTA in more depth, 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.
We offer free short online courses during the year. These are open to everyone to provide an introduction to different topics in health economics such as 'Health Technology Assessment: Choosing Which Treatments Get Funded' and 'Measuring 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 courses 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;
- HTA 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 course is suited to all those working, or aspiring to work, in the field of cost-effectiveness modelling for 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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