PHPS41120 Health Technology Assessment

Academic Year 2021/2022

Students will learn how to appraise a health economics analysis critically and how to prepare a Health Technology document.
We will cover the principles of health economics evaluation, their structure and a basic introduction to different models of HEE.
The course will also cover the understanding of a Budget Impact Analysis and will aim that students understand the differences between cost-effectiveness and affordability.
This module is suitable for professionals working in the pharmaceutical or medical device industry, health consulting companies or government bodies needing a better understanding of the methodology.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Understand the role that HTA has in the decision-making process to fund new medical programs, new drugs or medical devices.
- Identify the different types of Health Economic Evaluations
- Identify the different models used ( we won't cover the models in depth)
- Understand the sources used to prepare a health technology assessment
-Critically appraise a health economic evaluation paper and an HTA report.

Indicative Module Content:

Elements of a Health Technology Assessment
Types of Health Economic Evaluations ( Cost-effectiveness analysis, Cost-utility analysis and Cost-benefit analysis)
Cost sources, Effectiveness sources, Health Utilities sources
Types of models and assumptions ( Introduction only)
Budget Impact Analysis

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Online lectures.
On-line lectures with self-study activities.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Some knowledge of evidence-based medicine is desirable.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Critically appraisal of a health economic evaluation Week 5 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Assignment: Problem-based assignment Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group feedback provided on the day of the presentation. Final assignment feedback provided to the class.

Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes/ Drummond. (Available @ UCD library on-line)
Health Economics. Textbook by Jay Bhattacharya, Peter Tu, and Timothy Hyd (Available @UCD library on-line)
Name Role
Tatiana Bezdenezhnykh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer