In resource poor settings, health programme managers and planners must give weight to economic evaluation, without losing sight of the demands and needs of populations. Making the best use of resources and being able to show this to stakeholders is now a standard requirement in the health sector. Participants will learn how to appraise health interventions prospectively and retrospectively using the tools and instruments of economic evaluation. They will consider the pros and cons of these approaches and how they fit into and complement the decision-making process.
Participants will learn the key concepts, terminology and methodologies used in economic evaluation in health sector settings and have the opportunity to apply these in practical exercises and assignments. The aim is to equip future managers in health care with the tools needed to interpret, commission and guide economic evaluation in their work as one of the essential elements of decision-making.
The course consists of 3 phases combining blended and hybrid learning formats, offering the benefits of both self-paced learning and synchronous real-time interaction.
Phase 1: Preparation
During the preparation phase, participants familiarise themselves with the course topic by studying materials and completing assignments under the guidance of the facilitators.
→ Self-paced distance learning and an introductory online session
→ 4 weeks part-time
→ Approx. 40 hours of student investment
Phase 2: Hybrid Face-to-Face Week
During the hybrid face-to-face week, participants engage in five days of intensive discussions, reflection exercises, case studies, group work, quizzes and presentations, either on-site at the Swiss TPH headquarters in Allschwil, Switzerland, or online. Active participation (online or on-site) is expected throughout the week.
→ On-site in Allschwil or online
→ 5 days full-time
→ Approx. 40-45 hours of student investment
Typically, there are two hybrid/face-to-face weeks with two courses back-to-back to allow participants from abroad to attend two courses on one flight.
Phase 3: Final Assignment
In the post phase, participants consolidate their learning through the development of a final assignment, such as essays, project outlines, presentations or online quizzes, supported by the course facilitators.
→ Distance-based and mostly self-paced
→ 8 weeks part-time
→ Approx. 95-100 hours of student investment
At a Glance
Online Information Session
At the end of the course, participants will be able to apply concepts, methods and applications of economic evaluation in the health sector. They will be aware of the value and need for economic evaluation in setting priorities in resource-limited settings and able to describe the limitations of economic evaluation and know how it complements other essential criteria for making decisions in health care. Participants will be able to apply different tools for evidence-informed resource allocation and choose appropriate costing methods.
Participants are assessed during both, the distance-based and on-campus phases of the courses, through individual and team assignments, professional presentations, quizzes or short tests, reflective papers and proposed projects.
The course is designed for those working, or wishing to work, in the field of international public health cooperation at all levels. It is of particular interest to (future) leaders and managers addressing the need to combine strong business management skills with a sound public health education.
To enrol, you need a bachelor's degree and at least two years' relevant work experience, as well as a passion for global and public health. As all management courses are taught in English, strong oral and written English skills are also required. In order to attend the course, the fee must be paid before the course starts.
Fee for MBA-IHM students*: CHF 2,450
Fee for Short Course students: CHF 2,850
* The same fee applies to tropEd students and students enrolled in an SSPH+ professional postgraduate Master's or PhD programme.
Course fees must be paid in advance to gain access to the online learning materials. Tuition fees do not cover insurance, travel or personal living expenses incurred during your stay in Basel.
Swiss TPH and the University of Basel do not offer scholarships for management courses.
Disclaimer: In the event of an insufficient number of participants, the course may be cancelled up to 4 weeks prior to the start of the course. Swiss TPH is not responsible for any costs related to flight bookings, etc.