Lectures and seminars Seminar on Health Economics a collaboration with the University of Zurich and Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

30-03-2023 to
31-03-2023 Add to iCal
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PUF-V is organizing a 2-day seminar on Health Economics together 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).

The seminar includes lectures open to all, as well as study moments reserved to PhD students. The activity will provide the opportunity for exchange with students from Zurich University and ZHAW.

About Health Economics

In many countries, health economics is a standard for decision making in health care. Therefore, future health professionals need to have a basic understanding of the various types of cost effectiveness analyses, the basic methods for costing, outcomes, uncertainty and shortcomings of the approaches. During this 2-day seminar, PhD-students will have the chance to apply learnings from lectures in tutored sessions.



https://forms.office.com/e/QWmC3FSRJx  (deadline by 28th of February at 23:59).


Day 1 - 30th of 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 exposed to 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 - Seminar Introduction to reading health economic studies
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 - Breakout sessions

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

16:00 - 17:00 - Reporting results, asking questions


Day 2 - 31st of 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.

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

12:00 - 12:30 - Reporting results, asking questions.



13:30 - 16:30 - Seminar modelling hands-on with breakout sessions

In this part of the seminar students will get the chance to do some modelling in excel by themselves. After a short introduction to modelling, the participants will get data and can do some programming under the supervision of Christina Tzogiou from the Winterthur Institute of Health Economics, School of Management and Law at ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences).


Aim of the activity:

At the end of the seminar, attendees should get a basic idea of the principles of health economic analysis as well as of its shortcomings. They will learn how to integrate results into decision-making and be able to recognize the relevance of the elements that checklists comprise as basis for sound health economic analyses. They will also have a basic idea how to perform a health economic analysis with the software excel.

General learning outcomes:


  • Demonstrate familiarity with research methodology in general and the methods of the specific field of research in particular.
  • Demonstrate intellectual autonomy and disciplinary rectitude as well as the ability to make assessments of research ethics.
  • Demonstrate specialized insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used.