MSc Health Economics and Decision Modelling review

HEDMbannerThe MSc in Health Economics and Decision Modelling was delivered first in the 2009 academic year. Since then it has remained broadly the same in terms of learning outcomes but with some changes to the programme content. In 2016, we undertook an extensive programme review with input from past and current students; external stakeholders, including national and international academics and decision-makers; and internal stakeholders including module teams and senior academics with specialist topic expertise.

The revised programme will be delivered starting in the 2017 academic year. A new module, Further Statistical Methods for Health Economic Analysis will replace the existing Operational Research module; it will cover all aspects of survival analysis, including non-parametric and parametric survival analysis, adjustment for treatment for treatment switching, and methods for estimating natural history and relative treatment effects from observational data. The systematic review module has been revised and will be called Study Design and Systematic Review Methods. All other existing modules have been revised to reflect current practices such as including a session on elicitation of expert’s beliefs.

The programme will continue to teach a range of software packages, including Excel, Simul8, Stata, R and WinBUGS. Where possible, statistical solutions will be provided using R and Stata and students will have the choice of which they use, although students of the programme will be encouraged to use R.
The revised course reflects the state-of-the-art across a range of topics that are important for graduates to understand as they develop their careers as professional health economic decision modellers, 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.

John W Stevens
Course Director, MSc Health Economics and Decision Modelling