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17 May 2019

Economic Evaluation for Global Health

Job Description

Providing Institution: University of Washington, Department of Global Health  

Course dates/hours: July 1 – September 08, 2019, 10 weeks, 6-9 hours per week

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Babigumira, PhD, MSc, MBChB, Associate Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Associate Professor, Pharmacy


In Economic Evaluation for Global Health, you’ll find out how to evaluate health interventions for programs in low- and middle-income countries in terms of costs and outcomes through a series of cost analyses. Learn how to estimate healthcare costs, measure health outcomes, and interpret different types of economic evaluations (including cost minimization analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis, and cost-benefit analysis).

In this course, you’ll also learn about modeling methods and analysis tools to help you make economically sound healthcare decisions.

This course is appropriate for health care and public health professionals who want a better understanding of the tools, approaches, and applications of economic evaluation.


The primary learning objectives of the course are:

  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills to read and critically analyze a scientific journal article in the field of health economic evaluation in global health.
  • To enable students to participate as knowledgeable contributors to policy discussions involving health economic evaluations and the allocation of scarce healthcare resources.
  • To enable students to participate in the design and conduct of health economic evaluations in global health in collaboration with health economics and health policy experts.

You will meet the objectives listed above through a combination of the following activities in this course:

  • Listening to online lectures
  • Completing the required and suggested readings
  • Completing the course project
  • Participating in discussion forms

Unit 1—Introduction to economic evaluation in health care

  • Rationale for economic evaluation in health care
  • Theoretical foundations and definition of value in health care
  • Different methods of economic evaluation

Unit 2—The Incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER)

  • Introduction to the ICER
  • The cost-effectiveness plane
  • Decision rules

Unit 3—Numerator – measuring costs for economic evaluation in healthcare

  • Definition of costs
  • Different cost categories
  • Cost estimation

Unit 4—Burden of disease and cost of illness

  • Introduction
  • Prevalence and incidence base methods
  • Analytic methods

Unit 5—Denominator—measuring health outcomes for economic evaluation

  • Introduction to patient reported outcomes and preference elicitation
  • QALYs and DALYs
  • Multi-attribute utility instruments

Unit 6—Decision analytic modeling

  • Introduction to decision analysis
  • Examples on paper and in MS Excel
  • Sensitivity analysis

Unit 7—Markov Modeling

  • Introduction and rationale for Markov modeling
  • Examples on paper and in MS Excel
  • Special adaptations

Unit 8—Introduction to health technology assessment (HTA)

  • Health care systems and universal healthcare
  • Methods of HTA
  • HTA in low- and middle-income countries

Unit 9—Special aspects of health economic evaluation in low- and middle-income countries

  • Adapting to extreme resource constraints
  • Methodological issues
  • Economics of vaccines

Unit 10—Special topics

  • Budget impact analysis
  • Extended cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Comparative effectiveness research

Format: Learning Methodology

This online graduate-level course has video lectures, readings, discussion forums, quizzes, and assignments. During the site meetings, the group will review the materials and the Site Coordinator will facilitate guided questions for the group.  Where a site should be primarily people in the same geographic location, some organizations/sites include a few additional participants who work remotely and have found other methods to “meet” by using video conferencing software like Adobe Connect, Skype and Zoom. Other sites create WhatsApp groups to distribute local resources and information, to connect, share ideas and help one another.

You can participate in this course as an independent participant or as part of a site with five or more people. We encourage participation as a group because it provides a forum for discussing course concepts and applying them to the local setting and customs. If you can’t join a group, the discussion boards can provide that forum.

The course is taught in English, participants should be comfortable with written and spoken English.


To be admitted, you must have a diploma in health related field or in the social science.

The course is most useful for health care professionals and public health specialists who have some experience in management and who wish to enhance their skills working with people and other organizational resources. The course is less well suited to individuals in entry-level positions in the workforce.

Fee structure

The proposed fees associated in this course will be roughly in between $100 – $150 per participant based on the number of learners enrolled, the more number fully registered in this course, the lesser fees shared between site-based group.


For those who are successfully completed the course will receive a formal printed Certificate of Completion on vellum paper with University of Washington seal mailed to them. We will ship them all together to your Site Coordinator.

More information

You can contact Dr. Mohamed Y. Dualeh, Somalia’s site coordinator for further details and guidance for your enrollment process in this phone number 00252-63-4417945 with preferable in WattsApp texting or drop an E-mail to

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