Economic Assessment of Health Care

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Economic Assessment of Health Care

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    Learning objectives for this course are:

    Academic and Research Skills:
    - the student is able to conduct a basic statistical analysis for an economic evaluation;
    - the student is able to coherently report findings from an economic evaluation in a written report;
    - the student is able to critically assess a published economic evaluation;
    - the student is able to design a basic economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial;
    - the student is able to correctly interpret and report the findings from an economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial;
    - the student is able to perform a basic cost-effectiveness analysis (Incremental Cost-Effectiveness Ratio, bootstrapping, cost-effectiveness
    plane, cost-effectiveness acceptability curve) within a structured assignment.

    Bridging Theory and Practice - Knowledge
    - the student is able to explain why economic evaluations are fundamental for making allocation decisions in health care;
    - the student has basic knowledge on the design, analysis, interpretation and reporting of economic evaluations.

    Bridging Theory and Practice - Application
    - the student is able to formulate a reimbursement decision based on the knowledge obtained from an economic evaluation.

    COURSE CONTENT
    At the end of this course, you know the basic essentials of economic evaluations of health care processes and health care technology. You will be able to make an informed choice between a trial-based and a model-based approach. The limitations of economic evaluations will be clear and they can be taken into account in designing a specific evaluation project. You will be able to critically assess the results of cost-effectiveness studies conducted alongside a randomized controlled trial, and you will be able to interpret and use information from published economic evaluations.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures, tutorials (including computer practice)

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written exam: individual assessment, 60% of the final grade, minimum required 5.5
    Assignments: group assessment (groups of two students), 40% of the final grade, minimum required 5.5, maximum grade resit 6.5

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