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MSc International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement (Distance Learning)

Course Description

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


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

Visit the MSc International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement (Distance Learning) page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Student Profiles

International bursaries for MSc in International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement - 2 Awards

A limited number of bursaries, funded by the School, are available for students to undertake the Certificate qualification (4 modules; 60 credits) on the MSc in IHTA, Pricing and Reimbursement programme, in September 2012.
Each bursary will pay for up to £5000 of the £7000 fees for this programme. The intention is that the bursaries will be divided equally between students from South America, Asia and Central/Eastern Europe.
Students will be registered for the 4 module certificate qualification only. This will be taken over a single year (2012/13). These will consist of 4 of the following 6 modules (2 in each semester):
Semester 1
HAR6111 Methods and Processes in International Health Technology Assessment
HAR6114 Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis: Principles
HAR6115 Economic Evaluation in International HTA
Semester 2
HAR6112 International Healthcare Systems and Reimbursement
HAR6113 Cost-effectiveness Modelling in International HTA
HAR6126 HTA implementation in LMICs
If they wish to do so, students can later upgrade to the full MSc or diploma by taking further modules. This will also require a further fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £5000


2:1UK honours degree or equivalent qualifications
Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component) OR equivalent (http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/eltc/englishtests/toefl-ielts) gained within the past two years
Applicants from countries from South America, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe,Central and Eastern Europe: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Individuals working within the public sector or public sector agencies, or self-funders only.

Application Procedure

Please complete the University’s online application form (http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply), following this you will be provided with an application number. You will need this to complete the bursary application form (http://www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/prospective_students/masters/ihtapr/bursaryapplication).Applicants can contact the course administrator, Jess Meacham, to discuss their application in the first instance: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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