Short courses


Economic Evaluation: an Online Introduction (Healthcare and Public Health)

  • 12 hours total
  • 6 weeks


This online course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to undertake your own economic evaluation of a local intervention or service.

It will also help you appraise other evaluations and the evidence they generate.

It's aimed at frontline staff in health, social care and local government organisations, who have limited experience of conducting economic evaluations and generating evidence to inform decision-making.

The course is based on our Economic Evaluation face-to-face workshop.

This course is a collaboration between NIHR ARC North Thames, NIHR ARC South West Peninsula (PenARC) and NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber (YHARC). ARCs are partnerships between universities, health and other organisations and conduct research that has a direct impact on the health of patients and the public.

Course content 

The course will cover the following topics:

  • What is health economics?
  • What is economic evaluation?
  • Costs in economic evaluation
  • Measuring and valuing outcomes
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Return on investment
  • New developments in health economics and economic evaluations
  • Critical appraisal of economic evaluations

Teaching and structure

The course is self-paced, you can complete it in your own time over a period of six weeks.

The course consists of recorded online lectures and interactive assessment activities.

You'll have access to discussion forums to discuss and network with others on the course.

You'll also have the opportunity for a one-to-one consultation about your evaluation plans with a course facilitator.

    Who this course is for

    This course is for frontline staff in health, social care and local government organisations who need to evaluate local programmes or services from an economic perspective.

    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.

    Ideally, you'll be carrying out, or will soon need to carry out, an economic evaluation of a service or intervention.

    Certificates and CPD

    You'll receive a certificate of completion if you complete at least 80% of the course activities. This can be exchanged for CPD credits. Please direct any queries regarding CPD credit exchange to the relevant team within your organisation.

    Learning outcomes

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

    • understand the principles of economic evaluation methods
    • assess the costs of an intervention/service
    • measure and value outcomes of an intervention/service
    • critically appraise evaluations
    • understand how economic evaluation is used in decision making
    • consider new developments in the field of health economics

    Cost and concessions

    A limited number of free places will be available to staff working in organisations who are partners of:

    The fee is £150 if you do not work for one of these organisations.

    Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00