Lectures and seminars Health Economics - Seminar

17-03-2021 10:00 am to
18-03-2021 1:00 pm Add to iCal

In collaboration with the PhD Programme in Care and Rehabilitation Sciences at University of Zurich and the School of Health Professions at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), PUF-V is organizing a 2-day seminar on Health Economics.


Day 1 – 17th March

10:00 - 12:00 - Open lecture: What is Health Economics and what it isn’t? Focus on forms, costs and uncertainty

Attendees will be introduced to the reason why we do health economics and will be presented basic concepts such as opportunity costs, forms of health economic analysis such as cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis. Furthermore, the concept of uncertainty and the methodological requirements to present uncertainty in health economic analysis will be presented.

13:00 - 14:00 - PhD Students Seminar Introduction: How to read a health economic paper?

Students will learn the basic requirements of a sound and reliable health economic analysis and how to assess health economic analyses as methodologically sound and rigorous. They will get the chance to apply checklists to selected papers.

14:00 - 16:00 - Group work

Students work in groups on health economic papers, using different frameworks on assessing and evaluating health economic studies.

16:00 - 17:30 - Presentation of results and discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of instruments.

Day 2 – 18th March

9:00 - 10:00 - Open Lecture: Quality of life and measurement of QALYs (Quality-Adjusted Life Years)

The Quality-Adjusted Life Year is an outcome measure widely used in health economics. It has some strengths but also methodological and ethical weaknesses. The students will learn about the methods how to elicit QALYs.

10:30 - 12:00 - Group work: students work in groups on pros and cons of QALYs and ethical questions.

12:15-13:00 - Presentation of results and discussion of other options.

The seminar will be led by Prof. Andreas Gerber-Grote, MD, PhD; professor of Health Economics and Health Services Research at Zurich University of Applied Sciences and adjunct professor of Epidemiology at University of Zurich.


Please register here.

Doctoral students are invited to attend the whole seminar (lectures and group work/discussion).

Other participants are welcome to attend the open lectures.

Registrations are open until 5th March 2021.