School of Population and Global Health

Economic Evaluation of Health Care

Key information

Teaching Dates: Monday 12 to Friday 16 December 2016

Code: PUBH5801

Teaching Period: Y11

Value: 6 Points


  • Student: $2887.50
  • Professional development without assessment: $2887.50
  • Professional development with assessment (for unit credit): Enrolment must be completed through AccessUWA
  • Please note that these are domestic fees only
  • International students: please contact the UWA International Office for correct fees at
  • All fees are GST free

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations from professional development colleagues will receive a refund (minus 5% administrative fee) prior to the start of the unit.
  • Cancellations after this date may incur a 50% penalty. All cancellations must be submitted via email

Census date and withdrawal without academic penalty date

  • For enrolled students and professional development colleagues doing the unit with assessment:
    the Census Date and the date for Withdrawal Without Academic Penalty is midday on the Tuesday of the teaching week of the unit.

Unit coordinator

Economic evaluation has been identified as a key research priority by the World Health Organization.

It is already a mandatory requirement for the introduction of new technologies in some areas, such as the listing of new drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Unit outline

In recent years standard methodological approaches have been accepted and formalised for the estimation of cost-effectiveness. Methods are based primarily on economic theory and have been developed specifically for application in the health sector. This unit comprises:

  • concepts in study design
  • techniques of economic appraisal including cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis and cost-benefit analysis
  • an understanding of standard practices including sensitivity analysis, discounting, willingness to pay and health state utility measurement
  • procedures and roles in decision making for resource allocation in health care.

The role of economic evaluation in decision making and policy setting will also be examined both within Australia and internationally.

This five-day unit consists of a combination of lectures, small-group tutorials and discussion. Examples include ongoing studies and appraisal of the cost-effectiveness literature.

In preparation for the teaching week, you will be sent pre-reading prior to the start of the unit.

Who should attend?

The unit has been developed to cater to a wide variation in expertise, although some fundamental experience of economics in health will be assumed. It will provide an understanding of the methodology of economic evaluation for those working in the health sector who have an interest in promoting efficient use of resources.


UWA Postgraduate students

Enrol through studentConnect for credit towards your degree.

Students from other institutions

You can apply for cross-institutional enrolment using this form (PDF:153 kb) from the UWA Student Admin site.

Please note that these are domestic fees only 

International students: please contact the UWA International Office for correct fees at

Professional development colleagues

You may choose to participate with or without assessment. If the assessment is successfully completed, you may have your unit credited towards most School of Population Health courses undertaken within five years.

For participation without assessment, please please register and pay on-line through our shopping card facility (credit card payments only). E-mail if you wish to be invoiced.

For participation with assessment, for unit credit, enrolment must be completed through Short courses.


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