An online course focusing on methods for analysing equity in the distribution of health programme costs and effects and trade-offs between equity and cost-effectiveness. The course is aimed at health economists and health professionals with experience of health economic evaluation, who wish to learn how to use more specialised methods for analysing distributional equity impacts and trade-offs. It is designed for participants who are familiar with standard methods of cost-effectiveness analysis, for example those who have already attended our short courses in Decision Modelling for Health Economic Evaluation. It is envisaged that participants will currently be undertaking cost-effectiveness analysis, or planning to do so in the near future. The course consists of five modules over five weeks, with each module requiring about four or five hours of time commitment for self-paced study and online interaction – about one and a half hours for pre-recorded video material, one hour for a computer exercise, one hour for attending a ‘live’ Q&A session, and one or two hours for reading and discussion board interaction - totalling 20 to 25 hours altogether.
Five modules over five weeks
‘Bite-size’ video presentations from leading experts in equity methods
Updated exercises using MS Excel and a web tool
Video ‘walkthrough’ of each exercise
Online discussion forums monitored by tutors and the course leader
One ‘live’ question and answer session for each module
Informal networking with Faculty and fellow participants in zoom breakout rooms
Richard is Professor and Co-Director of the Equity in Health Policy Group at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York. He lead edited the course handbook and has helped pioneer “equity-informative” methods of policy analysis, including distributional cost-effectiveness analysis; health equity indicators for healthcare quality assurance; and methods for investigating public concern for reducing health inequality; and is currently developing microsimulation methods for long-term childhood policy analysis. He has co-chaired international working groups on equity, worked in the UK Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and served on various NHS advisory committees including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the NHS Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation.
Susan is a Professor of Health Economics at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York. She edited the course handbook and works in the fields of economic evaluation and health technology assessment where her research interests include decision-analytic models, value of information analysis and the incorporation of inequality concerns into cost effectiveness analysis. Susan has contributed to technology appraisals for NICE, as a member of one of the independent academic groups undertaking evidence reviews, as a member of the Technology Appraisal Committee, and in the development of methods used at NICE.
Ole is Professor and Director of the Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS) at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, and Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population at Harvard University. He co-edited the course handbook and lead authored a chapter and exercise on analysing equity-efficiency trade-offs. He formerly chaired the Norwegian National Committee on Priority Setting in Health Care (2013-2014), WHO’s Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage (2012-2014) and WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Health Benefit Packages (2019-21). His research interests include theories of distributive justice, inequality in health, priority setting in health systems, and how to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goal for health, and his BCEPs team carries out research and capacity building in Norway, Ethiopia, Malawi, India, Tanzania, Ghana, Nepal, and the US.
James is Scientific Adviser at NICE and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York. He co-authored the course handbook, as lead author of the chapters and exercises on social distributions of baseline health and health opportunity costs. His research interests are in health equity and decision analytic modelling. His PhD was on incorporating health inequality concerns into cost-effectiveness analysis, and he subsequently worked at a health economics consultancy, developing decision models and researching public health evaluation and precision medicine, and then at the Centre for Health Economics in the Economic Evaluation and Global Health teams.
Naomi joined the Centre for Health Economics Team for Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment in January 2022, following completion of her PhD in Public Health and Economic Decision Science with the University of Sheffield. She is particularly interested in economic methods which support decision makers' concern for equity and is lead convenor of the Equity-Informative Economic Evaluation Special Interest Group, part of the international Health Economics Association (iHEA). Naomi's PhD focussed on decision modelling to appraise cost and health outcomes of a hypothetical minimum unit pricing policy for alcohol in South Africa. Her work focused on differential policy impact by equity relevant subgroups and included considerable local stakeholder engagement, leading to further work with both national and provincial governments.
Chris is a health economist at Novo Nordisk A/S. His PhD with the Equity in Health Policy group was on health inequality measurement and impacts, including applying distributional cost-effectiveness analysis to the Universal Infant Free School Meal programme. Chris has also collaborated with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development on their efforts to document between- and within-country educational inequalities in life expectancy and inequalities in cancer prevention and care as part of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.
Ieva is an economist based at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York, working on new methods for evaluating childhood policies in terms of their lifetime effects on health, wellbeing and inequality. She has introduced a new life-course approach for evaluating childhood policies and developed LifeSim – a UK birth cohort microsimulation model to implement this approach in practice. Ieva’s methods have gained recognition among academics, senior policy analysts across local and central government institutions and think tanks. Ieva brings together international health equity researchers by organising annual health equity seminar series. Ieva has a PhD in economics from the University of York.
Shrathinth joined the Centre for Health Economics at York in May 2023 from the University of Michigan where he worked on research at the hospital and school of nursing. He completed his PhD in Labor Economics at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2021. His post work has been in both education and health and he is now working on building a micro-simulation model for children in the UK.