Enhance your understanding of how new drugs and treatments are adopted by health services through health technology assessments.
Explore the decision-making process behind healthcare technology assessment
Why are some treatments made available to patients while others are not?
On this course, you’ll explore how health technology assessment (HTA) informs whether we should have access to certain treatments on the NHS or other healthcare systems.
You’ll learn how decisions are made about which treatments are made available and the considerations that made surrounding benefits and costs.
This course is based on the University of Sheffield’s online distance-learning programme, the MSc International Health Technology Assessment. You can continue to learn about healthcare decision-making in our other online course Measuring and Valuing Health.
What topics will you cover?
We’ll look at some of the key processes of HTA in order to answer some key questions about a new treatment, such as:
- How do we know if the treatment is of benefit?
- How can we make sense of all the evidence?
- How is evidence of the cost of drugs used in HTA?
We’ll also explore how the final HTA report fits within the wider range of information used to make decisions about which treatments to fund.
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Explore the assessment process for new health technology and how this applies to a potential decision outcome.
- Explain the process behind decisions about which healthcare treatments are funded to a patient or member of the public.
- Investigate a health technology assessment (HTA) and understand the evidence presented.
- Contribute to an informed discussion about whether or not a new health technology is adopted and funded by the NHS, or another national healthcare system.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone who works in a medical or pharmaceutical profession, or who studies a healthcare subject such as medicine, nursing, healthcare or health economics and wants to better understand HTA.
This course will also be helpful for a patient or interested member of the public who wants to understand the HTA story behind the headlines.
You should have an interest in healthcare decision making and economics aspects, as this is at the core of HTA.
A basic familiarity with healthcare research will be helpful.
Who will you learn with?
I am an Information Specialist and University Teacher at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield.
Who developed this course?
The University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.
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