HEVAL5200 – Topics in economic evaluation

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Course content

The course aims to give you basic fundamental knowledge, both theoretically and practically about how to perform economic evaluation alongside a clinical trial. The course will follow the pathway from designing the trial, through data collection till data analysis and publication. The course will combine lectures with case studies running data analysis of data from real trials.

Learning outcome


You will gain knowledge of:

  • How to design a publishable economic evaluation alongside a clinical trial
  • When an economic evaluation is not appropriate in a clinical trial
  • How to price medical services using both a health care and a societal perspective
  • When and how to measure health effects, with a focus on quality adjusted life years (QALYs).  Also, how to calculate area beneath the curve (going from health related quality of life to QALYs.
  • How to analyse differences in cost and effects, both when data are complete and when there are a lot of missing or censored data.
  • How to calculate and present the cost effectiveness ratio
  • Understanding sampling uncertainty


You will learn how to:

  • Practically collect and gather data on costs and effects (choose outcome variables including utility instruments, design registration forms for cost data)
  • Organize a database to run a cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Perform statistical analysis on individual level data that are relevant for evaluating cost effectiveness (imputation for missing data, survival analysis, cost functions and bootstrap)
  • Present the results in an article
  • Use software, such as Excel and STATA

General competence

You will be able to:

  • Understand the structure and work related to clinical trials
  • Perform an economic evaluation in a clinical trial
  • Critically read and interpret economic evaluations performed alongside clinical trial
  • Reflect on how decisions are made based partially on economic evaluations performed in clinical trials


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Recommended previous knowledge


Lectures and seminars.

Mandatory assignments


Home examination

You must pass two mandatory assignments to qualify for the home examination.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

For students at Eu-HEM: English

For students at HEPAM: The examination 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






The course will not be offered in autumn 2020.

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