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HME4307 – Measuring QALYs: A theoretical and practical approach

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Course content

This course will include following topics:

  • Using quality adjusted life years (QALY) in health economic evaluation.
    1. Using QALYs in economic evaluation
    2. Purpose, theory, assumptions and limitations
  • Measuring QALYs
    1. SF-36
    2. EQ-5D
    3. 15D
    4. Time-trade off
    5. Standard gamble
    6. VAS
  • Lab training
    1. Learn to estimate QALYs
    2. Simple presentations of QALYs

Learning outcome

The two main purposes of this course are to teach the students different measures of estimating quality adjusted life years and to train the students to estimate QALYs by using different statistical methods.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Some basic knowledge about health economic evaluation is preferable, but not necessary. Basic knowledge in using SPSS.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with HØKON4307 – Topics in Economic Evaluation (discontinued)


Language of tuition: English


Home exam. After two days with lecturing and lab, there will be given an exam to be written at home. The exam shall be handed in at 10am on Monday the 26th of May. Further each student shall have a presentation of their exam. The presentations will take place on the 26th and the 27th of May.

Language of examination

All written exams and term papers at the master's programme in Health Economics, Policy and Management have to be conducted 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

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.

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