Short courses


Economic Evaluation: an Introduction (Healthcare and Public Health)

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day
  • 29 Apr 2020


This one-day hands-on workshop provides an introduction to economic evaluation for those working on the frontline in the NHS and local government.

It's aimed at healthcare and public health staff who have limited experience of conducting economic evaluations and decision-making analysis.

You'll learn how to:

  • undertake your own simple economic evaluation of a local intervention or service
  • appraise other evaluations

This course is organised by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy. ARCs are partnerships between universities, health and other organisations which have come together to conduct ground-breaking research that will have a direct impact on the health of patients and the public.

Course content and structure

The course will involve a mixture of lectures and small group exercises to make sure the course is as practical and relevant as possible.

It will cover:

  • the basic principles of economic evaluation methods
  • how to assess the costs of an intervention/service
  • how to measure and value outcomes of an intervention/service
  • practical examples of economic evaluation analysis
  • how to use of economic evaluation in decision making

You'll also have the opportunity to discuss the economic evaluation you're doing, or thinking of doing, in small groups.

A facilitator will help you scope your economic evaluation, draft its core elements, identify the data you'll need to use, and think about how you could overcome information or data gaps. 

    Who this course is for

    The workshop is aimed at those who work in:

    • NHS trusts
    • clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
    • local authorities

    It's not aimed at academics or researchers.

    You don't need any previous knowledge of economics, or experience of study design and statistics. However, an interest in economics and being comfortable with numbers is desirable.


    You should be carrying out, or will soon need to carry out, an economic evaluation of a service/intervention.

    Priority will be given to those who provide a detailed description of such projects in their application.

    Groups of people working on the same project are encouraged to apply.

    Certificate of attendance

    You'll receive a certificate of attendance on completing the course.

    Learning outcomes

    By the end of this course you'll be able to:

    • undertake a simple economic evaluation of a local intervention or service
    • critically appraise other economic evaluations

    Cost and concessions

    The fees are:

    Course team

    Professor Stephen Morris

    Professor Stephen Morris

    Stephen is Chair in Health Economics at the Department of Applied Health Research at UCL. His research interests are primarily in the cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve health across a range of disease areas and population groups, and the determinants of health service use. He's written several papers on the economics of obesity, and has interests and expertise in undertaking econometric analyses of large datasets including Hospital Episode Statistics and the Health Survey for England.

    Dr Elena Pizzo

    Dr Elena Pizzo

    Elena is a Senior Health Economist at the Department of Applied Health Research at UCL. Her main research area includes economic evaluation of healthcare technologies and interventions, clinical decision analysis and, more generally, costing and measurement of health and distributional aspects of health policy. She has expertise in health economic evaluation of complex interventions, particularly those in primary care, prevention, dementia and maternity care.

    Nishma Patel

    Nishma Patel

    Nishma is a Research Associate at the Department of Applied Health Research at UCL. She's currently involved in the BRIGHTLIGHT study evaluating the cost and cost-effectiveness of levels of teenage and young adults cancer care. She's worked on evaluating the cost-effectiveness of therapies for agitation in dementia, economic evaluation of education programme for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the cost-effectiveness modelling of robot versus human-assisted cholecystectomy and the multinational trial assessing the cost-effectiveness of a treatment policy of referral for carotid stenting compared with referral for carotid surgery.

    Estela Capelas Barbosa

    Estela Capelas Barbosa

    Estela is a Research Associate at the Department of Applied Health Research at UCL. Currently she's working as a health economist for NIHR ARC North Thames and is involved in a broad range of projects, including the evaluation of the implementation of Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS), a domestic violence training and support programme for primary care, and the evaluation of screening for HIV in primary care.

    Nicholas Swart

    Nicholas Swart

    Nick is a Research Associate at the Department of Applied Health Research at UCL. He works for the NIHR ARC North Thames as part of a research team embedded in the UCL Hospital, providing health economics input on a number of service developments. He also works for UCL’s Department of Applied Health Research, predominately on a project evaluating the use of evidence in healthcare decision making at the micro and meso level (DECIDE).

    Chiara De Poli

    Chiara De Poli

    Chiara is a Research Assistant in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She's currently involved in a NIHR ARC North Thames funded project which aims to assess the impact (if any) of the interventions currently implemented in England to prevent diabetes (T2 Diabetes Mellitus). She's also involved in a five-year co-design project focusing on identifying and implementing practical strategies to improve the value of dementia care across County Durham.

    Course information last modified: 2 Dec 2019, 11:31