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Seminar in Modelling in Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Health Programmes (blended learning)


Distance learning activities

The Modelling Techniques in Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Technologies seminar combines classroom and distance learning activities. The distance learning activities to be developed by the participants to complement attendance of the classroom sessions shall consist of: (i) study activities, and (ii) preparation and drafting of projects applying and developing the knowledge acquired in the classroom sessions of this seminar on modelling techniques. These activities are practical exercises and tests about basic topics of economic evaluation, statistics and Microsoft Excel operation.

The projects applying and developing the knowledge acquired shall have the following characteristics:

  • One project whose objective will be to assess the quality of a published model of economic evaluation using HTA quality standards of the United Kingdom. A time of 10 calendar days will be allocated for this project.
  • A Group project (up to a maximum of 4 people) whose objective will be to prepare a proposal for a model of economic evaluation starting from a clinical decision problem which will be provided to the participants. Completion of this activity shall consist of:
    • Describing the clinical problem (alternative treatments to compare, target patients, stages of the pathology, etc.)
    • Carrying out a bibliographic search of the data necessary.
    • Designing the structure of the model.
    • Completing the tables of resources, costs and effectiveness measures chosen to feed the model.
    • Calculating the transition probabilities of the model.
    • Preparing a model which works and presenting its results.

The expected result from the latter project will be the presentation of a report structured in the usual manner adopted in a scientific article with a minimum length of 6,000 words and a maximum of 8,000 words, without including appendices. Students will have 8 weeks to complete the group project.

During the period for completion of the distance learning project, the participants can contact the seminar tutors by e-mail, grouping the queries together in a maximum of one a week per group. The tutors shall answer the queries in a maximum period of 48 hours.


The academic assessment of the seminar will be carried out starting from the valuation of the work to apply and develop the knowledge. The assessment will be carried out by the director and coordinators of the seminar.