HEVAL4200 – Fundamentals of economic evaluation in health care

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Course content

The course aims to introduce the basic principles of economic evaluation of health programmes (life style interventions, surgical treatment, medical interventions including pharmaceuticals).

Learning outcome


You will know:

  • Theoretical basis of economic evaluation
  • Types of economic evaluations
  • The concept of cost and measuring and valuing costs
  • Time preferences and discounting
  • Measuring health outcomes in “natural units”
  • Valuing health outcomes in monetary and quality-of-life-terms
  • Types of models
  • Use of economic evaluation in health policy – the European experience


You will learn to:

  • To read a paper about economic evaluation critically
  • To translate decision problems into a decision tree

General competence

 You will be able to:

  • Understand background, methods and use of economic evaluation


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Due to the coronasituation and need to ensure further infection control measures the UiO mangement has decided to continue half capacity in the exam facilities (Silurveien) spring 2022. The exam has therefore been changed to home examination Spring 2022.

Written exam (3 hours).

Some of the exam problems will be related to an article which will be distributed by e-mail approximately 3 weeks prior to the exam. A paper copy of this article will be available during the exam.


The Board at the University of Oslo has decided to introduce detailed guidelines for all examinations, which take place at the University. The description of the grading should be clear and transparent. This is done to ensure alignment between learning outcomes, assignments, and grading. The Faculty of Medicine has developed a web page with information regarding exams and the grading procedures (norwegian version).

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

Four types of calculators are allowed to be used during the examination:

  • Citizen SR-270X
  • Citizen SR270X BTSPU
  • Casio FX-82MS
  • TI-30XIIS.

A web based calculator will be available for use in Inspera. 



Language of examination

For students at Eu-HEM: English

For students at HEPMA: The problem set will be given in English. Answers can be given in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

For HEPMA students:

For Eu-HEM students:

An EU-hem student cannot present her or himself for the examination in a course more than two times. There will be held re-sits for EU-hem students who have failed an exam or who have legitimate absence (usually illness) in January and August. If you are entitled to a re-sit you must contact the student advisor via email no longer than one week after the result of the exam has been published.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

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