ECONOMIC EVALUATION II Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- identify the key features of different types of economic evaluation and explain when each type of evaluation is most appropriately used
- assess the relevance and value of economic evaluation for health policy and planning
- carry out an illustrative economic evaluation designed to guide the investment decisions of planners in developing health policy
Course DescriptionEnables students to understand and apply current methods in the economic evaluation of health interventions. Students design and carry out an economic evaluation. Analytic topics covered include the role of decision analysis in economic evaluation - students are introduced to, and extensively use, the TreeAge software; the principles and practices of measuring and analyzing costs; and estimating QALYs and DALYs. Also introduces students to a range of techniques for presenting data on costs and effects together such as sensitivity analysis and league tables. Finally, introduces students to a critique of the value of economic evaluation in health care decision-making.
Intended Audiencestudents interested in the concepts of economic evaluation
Methods of AssessmentClass participation and final project
Additional Faculty Notes:
A final grade will be given at the end of the term. The grade will be made up of the following:
- Assignment #1 – 15%
- Assignment #2 – 15%
- Assignment #3 – 15%
- Final paper – 40%
- Student participation – 15%
Prerequisites313.630 or 313.790.81 are strongly recommended
Additional Faculty Notes:
Recommended course text
Drummond MF, Sculpher MJ, Torrance GW, O’Brien BJ, Stoddart GL (2005) Methods for Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, Oxford University Press, Oxford. (Excellent guide to practical aspects of health economic evaluations).
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Contact Information(from old syllabus)
Office: HH 305, Office Hour: W 12-1p
Office: HH 306, Office Hour: F 9-10:15am
Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
This course is the second part of the three-part economic evaluation series. It focuses on teaching students the theoretical foundations and methods of conducting an economic evaluation (EE), using cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) as an example. The course begins with a discussion of the various forms of economic evaluations, providing examples of its applications to decision making processes. It moves onto a step-by-step discussion on how to develop a basic decision model to estimate the cost-effectiveness (CE) of an intervention. Analytic topics covered include the role of decision analysis in economic evaluations; the principles and practices of measuring and analyzing costs; and estimating QALYs and DALYs. The course also introduces students to a range of techniques for presenting data on costs and effects together such as sensitivity analysis and league tables. Finally, the course introduces students to a critique of the value of economic evaluation in health care decision-making. Prior coursework in EE would be an asset but is not a requirement.
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