HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

1,000 signed up for our free online HTA course

Our FREE new MOOC (massively open online course) will be running between 28th October, 2013 - 1st December, 2013. We anticipate that participants on this MOOC should plan for approximately 20 hours of study time over the 5 week period (roughly 4 hours per week).

The course introduces you to Health Technology Assessment (HTA) as a concept (what it is, what it involves) and then takes you through the key stages in the HTA and decision-making process:
  • Identifying technologies for development;
  • Evaluating these technologies in trials and measuring key outcomes, such as Quality of Life (health economics)
  • Appraising and pooling the evidence from these trials to determine the effect of a technology (clinical effectiveness review)
  • Assessing the cost-effectiveness of those technologies (decision-analytic modelling)
  • Considering how the results from this HTA process are used to inform reimbursement and pricing decisions in different countries
This course necessarily only offers a simple and brief introduction to, and overview of each of these stages in the process. However, it uses materials adapted from the online, distance learning full postgraduate programme on International HTA, Pricing and Reimbursement.

Interested? Register here.

Photo credit: mer chau via Flickr Creative Commons