Health Technology Assessment
This introductory course takes a broad view of the assessment of health technologies (e.g. medical procedures, devices, tests, pharmaceuticals and public health interventions) to inform policy decision regarding access to (and public funding of) these technologies.
Emphasis is placed on learning methods to assess the safety, effectiveness and cost effectiveness of these technologies and on translating the findings into health policy. Attention is also given to the diffusion of technological innovations within their social, cultural and ethical context, to horizon scanning, evaluation of diagnostic tests and disinvestment of technologies. The course contains a mixture of lectures, small group activities and practicals.