The Health Research Methodology (HRM) Program

McMaster University
General HTA
Health economics
Health policy
Research communication
Research methods
Course outline: 

The Health Research Methodology (HRM) Program at McMaster University offers an interdisciplinary educational model that draws on faculty members from numerous departments and disciplines in the faculties of Health Sciences, Science and Social Sciences. The HRM Program offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of five fields. The fields of specialization are: Clinical Epidemiology; Biostatistics (PhD Only); Health Services Research; Population and Public Health; Health Technology Assessment; and HRM Classic. ​

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is defined as the evaluation of the clinical effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and broader impact of drugs, medical technologies, and health systems, both on patient health and the health care system. HTA has gained increasing importance in health care decision making locally and around the world and over the last decade there have been numerous important methodological advances in the techniques of HTA.

The goal of the HTA field of specialization is to train individuals who, upon graduation, will have the necessary skills to be actively involved in independent and collaborative research in the field of HTA. Graduates will possess the following skills: a strong foundation in the basic principles of HTA; advanced decision analysis; ability to apply research methods derived from health economics; understand and use basic and advanced biostatistics; and utilize health services research and health policy analysis concepts and methods. ​

PATH faculty members co-ordinate and teach in several HTA courses, incuding:

  • HRM 721 - Fundamentals of health research and evaluaiton methods
  • HRM 740 - Advanced decision analysis in health technology assessment
  • HRM 741 - Introduction to health technology assessment
  • HRM 726 - The science and practice of knowledge translateion: foundations
  • HRM 737 - Economic analysis for te evaluation of health services
  • plus many more...
Type of training: 
Graduate courses
Delivery mode: 
Face to face
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