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Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is the assessment of relevant evidence and knowledge on the effects and consequences of healthcare technologies. Read more
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is the assessment of relevant evidence and knowledge on the effects and consequences of healthcare technologies. It contributes to priorities and decisions in relation to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. This Masters in HTA focuses on the production, critical appraisal and use of scientifically rigorous research evidence, applied to a range of health-related areas.

Why this programme

◾Our postgraduate taught courses provide a solid grounding in all the major disciplines within the field of Health Technology Assessment. This is unique within Scotland, and is one of few such programmes worldwide.
◾Our faculty are world-class experts in their fields, who are active not only in research and teaching, but also involved in HTA decision-making at a national level (e.g. through NICE, SHTAG).
◾Our teaching is research-led. The courses have been developed to reflect the latest academic research and up-to-date challenges in HTA decision-making.
◾You will gain a comprehensive understanding and hands-on experience of the interconnected disciplines that are core to Health Technology Assessment. These include health economics, statistics, evidence synthesis, modelling and patient-reported outcome measures.
◾During a course, from week to week you will interact with your teachers and fellow students using online discussion boards. Your teachers will direct and observe the discussion, and respond to student questions about the course content.
◾You will have the opportunity to collaborate on a research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff or an external supervisor.

Programme structure

Core courses
◾HTA: Policy and Principles (20 credits)
◾Statistical methods for HTA and evidence based medicine (20)
◾Health economics for HTA (20)

Optional courses
◾Foundations of decision analytic modelling (10)
◾Evidence synthesis (20)
◾Outcome measurement and valuation for HTA (10)
◾Analysis of linked health data (20)
◾HTA in a global context (20)
◾Survival analysis for HTA (10)
◾Qualitative research methods for HTA (10)

Optional course (delivered as face-to-face in Glasgow)
◾Decision analytic modelling methods for economic evaluation (20)

Career prospects

HTA has growing importance internationally for informing health care decision making and there is increasing demand for employees with HTA relevant skills. Outside of the field of HTA, students would be well equipped with qualitative and quantitative research skills for jobs in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and Government Information Services/Statistical agencies.

Potential employers & roles
◾Academic/research centres or universities – undertake HTA research projects funded by HTA agencies, national research bodies or health technology companies to support reimbursement or develop HTA methods.
◾Private industry including pharmaceutical companies, bio-technology companies and health insurance companies – design and undertake evaluations (effectiveness and/or cost-effectiveness) for presentation to reimbursement agencies in support of health technology products.
◾Local or national government agencies, regulators, health service providers, international health organisations (e.g. WHO) – commission and review assessments submitted to support reimbursement of health technologies; undertake systematic reviews, evidence synthesis and evaluations to focus and direct health care policy; evaluate policy and programmes previously funded.
◾National or international consultancy companies – undertake HTA projects for governments, HTA agencies or industry clients.

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You’ll gain an understanding of markets, pricing and customers needed for new product development in the health technology industry. Read more

About the course

You’ll gain an understanding of markets, pricing and customers needed for new product development in the health technology industry. If you’re already working or aspire to work in the field of health technology assessment, this course will give you the training you need to progress your career or gain a post as a health technology evaluator or commissioner.

This course is taught entirely online. You’ll study part-time over two to four years. You do not need a UK study visa to take this online course.

Your career

We can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to understand and improve health services: analytical skills, critical thinking and in-depth knowledge of your discipline. We offer postgraduate courses for health and social care professionals, managers and anyone planning a career in health services research.

Our graduates work in public health, the private sector, health services management, and health and social care, all over the world. They also go on to further public health training or academic research.

An international academic community

As one of the largest multi-disciplinary schools of public health and health services research in the UK, ScHARR is a rich academic community. You will be taught by world-leading experts in health economics, public health sciences, the sociology of health, health psychology, decision analysis, management sciences, epidemiology, medical statistics and information science. They include members of The Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Public Health. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us fourth in the UK for research power.

Our staff and students come from all over the world and offer international perspectives to all our courses.

Flexible study routes

We offer both traditional campus-based and online courses. Our high quality online courses are taught by the same expert academic staff who teach our courses in Sheffield and offer an alternative to coming to the UK. Guided by our staff, you can study at a pace that suits your personal circumstances. This can be an effective route for those who need to continue to work while they study. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are also available.
You can also study individual modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). See the ScHARR web pages for details of available modules. For LBR and CPD information, visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hsccpd

Facilities

You’ll have 24/7 access to library and computing facilities. We provide specialist information and library services in our information resources section.

Core modules

Methods and Processes in International Health Technology Assessment; International Health Care Systems and Reimbursement; Cost-effectiveness Modelling in International HTA; Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis: Principles; Economic Evaluation in International HTA; Project.

Examples of optional modules

Choices include: Using Evidence in the Design and Development of Models; Pharmaceutical Pricing; Randomised Controlled Trials to Support Reimbursement Decision Making; Utility and Patient Report Outcomes Data in HTA; Building Cost-effectiveness Models for HTA.

Teaching and assessment

You will not attend the University in person. The course is taught entirely online, and you study at your computer in your own time. The course is a mixture of online learning and independent study. We use customised online rooms within our Virtual Learning Environment to deliver course materials in an accessible and engaging format, including live online webinars allowing interaction with course tutors and other students. Assessment

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The MPH (HTA) is a strand of the Master in Public Health (MPH) programme for those students who wish to specialise in public health with health technology assessment. Read more
The MPH (HTA) is a strand of the Master in Public Health (MPH) programme for those students who wish to specialise in public health with health technology assessment.

This multidisciplinary MPH provides firm grounding in the range of skills and disciplines essential to public health and health technology assessment. This programme will allow you to combine the benefits of completing an MPH degree with the specialism of health technology assessment and evidence-based healthcare. Health technology assessment is a rapidly expanding area, and employment prospects are good.

The MPH (HTA) is an exit qualification from the MPH programme. Candidates access this strand by applying for the Master in Public Health programme. If you wish to study this programme to Postgraduate Diploma level then you will need to complete the taught elements of the programme but will not need to complete a dissertation.

This programme is for anyone who wishes to develop their career by acquiring skills in using health information and making evidence-based policy within the healthcare field. It is particularly suitable for professionals who wish to develop their skills in evidence-based healthcare and health technology assessment. This includes those working in public health, health services research (including medical statisticians, health economists and epidemiologists), or information departments in the health service, university, government or health care industry settings in the UK or abroad.

The programme will allow you to combine the benefits of completing an MPH degree with the specialism of health technology assessment and evidence-based healthcare.

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) aims to further students' knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced issues in the economic evaluation of health technology assessment through high quality training in relevant theoretical and practical issues. Read more
The MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) aims to further students' knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced issues in the economic evaluation of health technology assessment through high quality training in relevant theoretical and practical issues.

All applicants to this programme should apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals in the first instance. Both the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals should be completed before progressing to the MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment.

What is Covered?

The modules are organised in a similar manner to the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals. Each module lasts for approximately 12 weeks and comprises six or seven individual study 'units'. Modules are weighted at 20 'credits', where one credit equates to approximately 10 hours of study time.

In addition to the three compulsory modules for the Postgraduate Certificate and the three for the Postgraduate Diploma, students taking the MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment take three further modules.

Programme Details

Mounting pressure on health care budgets worldwide has focused attention on how best to organise health care systems and the spending within them. The University of York distance learning programmes in health economics allow students to gain an accredited qualification while continuing in their careers, and offer the flexibility to spread study over a period of years to match professional and personal circumstances.

We offer three programmes of study, with the aim of providing students with the skills and confidence to apply the principles of health economics within the workplace. All applicants must complete the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance, and progression to the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc is dependent on performance.

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