Global Business School for Health


Value-Based Healthcare

Learn an evidence based approach to measuring health outcomes against the cost of delivery, driving forward meaningful change for patients.

Handling the increasing pressures on healthcare systems along with delivering value is an issue of increasing concern to health managers. Despite this, Value-Based Health Care is a concept that is widely misunderstood and poorly applied.

A framework focused on creating value for patients, Value-Based Health Care identifies value by reducing costs while driving improved health outcomes for patients. Rooted in evidence, it measures health outcomes against the cost of delivering them. Ultimately, it prevents investment in areas that will not generate value for patients, thus saving healthcare organisations money.

This course delivers participants an in depth understanding of Value-Based Health Care, value-based payments and decision science. Providing both knowledge and the fundamentals of applying key tools, this course will equip you with highly practical skills that can be applied directly to the workplace.

What’s involved:

  • Designed and delivered by experts in the field, this course will give you an in depth understanding of Value-Based Health Care and how it could transform your organisation.  
  • In particular, you’ll learn about health assessment techniques as well as a breadth of theory about Value-Based Health Care and models for calculating value. You’ll look at real case studies and learn about the current issues facing commissioners and decision makers. The course will also explore value-based payments, which includes topics such as outcome-based payments and pricing innovations to get market access. Finally, you’ll learn about decision science with regards to gaining value for healthcare organisations.  
  • You will learn the nuts and bolts of Value-Based Health Care in an action learning environment, where content is delivered as a tool to provoke discussion and make you think about your own healthcare organisation. A safe space for healthcare professionals to come together, you will have ample opportunity to ask questions, share thoughts and seek insights from both the instructors and your peers.

Who the programme is for

Our Value-Based Health Care short course is for leaders across the health and healthcare sector, who have a need to advance their understanding of Value-Based Health Care. You may work in human resources, in a clinical setting, policymaking or healthcare management. Or you may work in an industry related to health that requires an understanding of Value-Based Health Care.

Programme curriculum

This course is based on a contextualised approach to learning, with online lectures delivered by the course lead and UCL academics. This is supplemented by reading, participant discussion questions and marked assignments. Much of the learning will be directed through real world case studies from your course lead, who is an expert in Value-Based Health Care.

You’ll learn material paced across three modules over a total of six weeks. Each module involves approximately 10 to 12 hours of content, which includes videos, reading and discussion forum activities. A weekly session with the course instructors also provides an opportunity to pull learning together and get involved in group discussion. 

Throughout the course, you will complete self-reflection exercises to help you work through the material. To receive a certificate of completion for this course, you will complete all the marked assignments for each week.


Module 1: Introduction to Value-Based Health Care (VBHC) and outcomes measurement

Providing an introduction to Value-Based Health Care, this module evaluates historic and current definitions of value. You will look in more depth at where the global adoption of Value-Based Health Care, and learn about the current landscape in relation to the issues facing commissioners and decision makers.

Module's six types of learning
Module 2: Decision Science for Value-Based Health Care

Decision science affects how Value-Based Health Care can be achieved within healthcare settings, and this module explores decision science in more depth. Module content includes how choices are made, evidence, and population-based decisions.

Module's six types of learning
Module 3: Value-based payments 

Focusing on the practicalities of Value-Based Health Care, this module looks in more detail at value-based payments. This includes reimbursement models, outcome-based payments and pricing innovations to get market access.

Module's six types of learning

Programme Faculty

Rodolfo Catena - UCL Global Business School for Health

Dr Rodolfo Catena is a Lecturer of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Global Business School for Health at University College London. He is a specialist in Value-Based Health Care. Rodolfo has a background in engineering, he has a master’s from UC Berkeley and two degrees from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bologna. Rodolfo has a doctorate in Management Studies from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford where he has specialised in Operations Management.
Rodolfo has contributed to the successful launch of two new master’s degree programmes in healthcare. Prior to returning to academia, Rodolfo has supported public and private organisations across the world in a list of countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Portugal, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium.

Caroline Clarke - UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health

As a UCL Senior Research Associate in Health Economics, Caroline’s role involves leading the design, planning, analysis and reporting of the health economic evaluation aspect of a large number of studies that are run by diverse groups from UCL and elsewhere.
She works on trials and programme grants funded by NIHR and other bodies across a wide variety of disease and therapy areas, specialising in complex interventions, primary care, mental health, and cancer, including work on service delivery and reconfiguration, and assessment of new surgical and diagnostic methods.

Amanda Cole - visiting lecturer at UCL GBSH -  Senior Principal Economist, The Office of Health Economics 

Amanda is a senior principal economist at the Office of Health Economics, which conducts research and provides consultancy services on health economics and health policy. Amanda’s current research interests include novel pricing and reimbursement mechanisms for pharmaceuticals, and the use of real world evidence to support health technology assessment (HTA) and product development.
Before joining OHE in 2014, Amanda was a research fellow at the University of Birmingham where she focused on the HTA of medical devices, working on projects commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and conducting research on approaches to embedding health economic evaluation early in the product development process. 

Rachel Maree Hunter - UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health

Rachel provides advice and support on the health economics component of clinical trials for a number of departments in UCL, for Priment Clinical Trials Unit and the UCL hub of the London Research Design Service.
She has conducted cost-effectiveness analyses for the Department of Health and NHS and has worked for the NHS on improving and monitoring the quality of mental health services.


On completion of the Value-Based Healthcare course, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and appreciate the current landscape in Value-Based Health Care, as well as tools and techniques available for decision making in healthcare.
  • Apply Value-Based Health Care thinking to decision making.
  • Analyse the practical issues involved in making commissioning, adoption and implementation decisions in the health and healthcare system.
  • Make informed decisions that are sustainable and value maximising.
  • Critically assess value assessment and Value-Based Health Care.
  • Understand the role decision science can make on implementing Value-Based Health Care.

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