Lectures and seminars Seminar on Health Economics – April 29th and 30th, 2024

29-04-2024 10:00 am to
30-04-2024 4:30 pm Add to iCal
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Join us for the Seminar on Health Economics on April 29th and 30th, 2024. Gain insights into health economic evaluations, learn to build models and interpret results for evidence-based decision-making. The seminar is a collaboration with Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and is held by Prof. Dr. Andreas Gerber-Grote and Dr. Christina Vetsch-Tzogiou.

Aim of the activity: 

At the end of the seminar, attendees should get a basic idea of the principles of health economic evaluations and its shortcomings. They will learn how to build certain models, conduct health economic evaluations using Excel, and interpret the subsequent results for evidence-based decision-making.

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. 

Registration (deadline April 19th ): https://forms.office.com/e/S7a0pXtrhK


Day 1 – April 29th

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. Another important theoretical input will be given on discounting future benefits and costs. Furthermore, the concept of uncertainty and the methodological requirements to present uncertainty in health economic analysis will be presented. 


13:00 - 14:00Seminar: 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 for evaluating the quality of 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 – April 30th

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. After a short introduction to modelling, the participants will get to work in groups on exercises under the supervision of Christina Vetsch-Tzogiou from the Winterthur Institute of Health Economics, School of Management and Law at ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences).



Prof. Dr. Andreas Gerber-Grote:

Dr. Christina Vetsch-Tzogiou