HAR61001: International Health Technology Assessment and Reimbursement Real World Case Studies

This module is led by Simon Dixon. It runs in the Spring semester and is worth 15 credits.


This module is led by Simon Dixon. It runs in the Spring semester and is worth 15 credits.

It is one of the modules on:

This module is available as a CPD option

This module is available University-wide in any year as a DDP module


This module provides students with real-world case-studies  of HTA submissions and requires them to draw on the theories and skills gained in previous modules to differentiate and critique the key elements of submissions for a range of therapeutic interventions, including disease pathways, therapeutic value propositions, evidence synthesis, cost-effectiveness modelling and economic evaluation .  The case studies have been selected to represent different types of health technologies and a range of reimbursement processes.  The case studies are also structured in a way that prepares the MSc students for the long project module.


  1. Recognise the range of approaches to evaluation of different technologies and how they are used in different reimbursement processes
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the range of information and research methods used to develop a submission of a new product for reimbursement consideration
  3. Apply knowledge and skills gained during the programme to real-world HTA submission

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify and critique the approaches used to assess reimbursement cases
  2. Critique a systematic review in the context of a reimbursement case
  3. Critique an economic evaluation for a new product, taking into account  contexts and jurisdictions
  4. Identify and discuss pricing issues related to HTA submissions
  5. Identify the additional research topics and methods that would help best inform the value proposition

Teaching methods

Students will access the module materials online, including pre-recorded lectures, formative tasks, academic readings and assessment of policy documents.

Real-world reimbursement processes will be described to understand the differing approaches used in different contexts (LO1). HTA submissions will be extensively described and critiqued for a range of health technologies (LO2, LO3). The implications of the HTA for pricing and future research will be examined and students will be encouraged to make recommendations for future pricing and research (LO4, LO5). 

Discussion activities will be scheduled in relation to each case study in order to encourage peer learning.  The discussions will be based around a small number of case study specific topics, however, it will also provide an open forum for questions.  A final discussion will focus on comparing and contrasting the contexts and methods employed within the four case studies.

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Information last updated: 14 November 2023

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