Professor Ben van Hout

Van Hout1

Professor of Health Economics

University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA

Office: 113
West Court
Mappin Street
S1 4DP

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0827
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749




I joined ScHARR in November 2009 as Professor of Health Economics.

I have extensive experience in modelling and have contributed to the methodology of economic evaluation in various areas. In 1993 I was one of the earliest researchers to apply discrete event models and was the first to apply a non-parametric method to estimate costs in the presence of censoring[1]. In 1994 I was the first to apply FiellerĀ“s approach to calculate confidence intervals around cost-effectiveness ratios, and I introduced the acceptability curve, which is now a well known concept in cost effectiveness analysis[2]. In 1996 I was one of the first to apply probabilistic sensitivity analysis[3]. In 2000 I was one of the initial people to explore Bayesian techniques in economic evaluation[4]. I have had work published on discounting[5] and estimating utility functions[6].

I am one of the founding members of the EuroQol group and I currently enjoy chairing the valuation task force within the EQ-5D group. My experience covers several therapeutic areas, including renal disease, cancer, osteoporosis, sepsis, schizophrenia, blood safety and most notably cardiovascular disease. My main interest concerns the use of elegant techniques, mostly to solve practical problems, but sometimes also because of the elegance itself.


Ben van Hout is based half-time in Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS).

Link to the HEDS publications database

Extended list of publications

Journal articles