University of Technology Sydney

23787 Health Technology Assessment

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UTS: Business: Economics
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject provides knowledge of the context and methods of health technology assessment, particularly the use of health economics theory and methods, economic evaluation and clinical epidemiology in evaluating the implications of the introduction of new health care interventions, including procedures, diagnostic tests, devices and drugs. The subject covers how to define a health technology assessment question, identify appropriate data, methods of analysis and interpretation of results.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. explain the principles and methods of economic evaluation for new health technologies
2. discuss the role of health technology assessment in reimbursement decision making for health care in Australia and internationally
3. critically appraise data for health technology assessment
4. evaluate the different approaches to constructing economic models for HTA
5. apply methods for estimating costs and benefits of health care interventions.

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject will be as an elective in the Masters of Business Administration and the Masters of Health Services Management and the Masters of Health Services Management and Planning. Students may also enroll in this subject as a stand-alone subject. The subject aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the theory and methods of health technology assessment, focusing on the role of economic evaluation in health technology assessment. The subject will provide students with an understanding of the practice of health technology assessment as applied to a broad range of health care interventions including devices, procedures, diagnostic tests and pharmaceuticals.

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject will be taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, with students undertaking critical appraisal of health technology assessments in the literature and in class and study exercises to become familiar with the methods of health technology assessment. Specific examples will be developed throughout the subject that allow students to explore different evaluation methods and different applications of the methods, for example to assessment of diagnostic tests, new technologies, drugs and procedures.

Content (topics)

  • Principles of health technology assessment
  • Defining a health technology assessment question
  • Identification and appraisal of effectiveness data
  • Methods of evidence synthesis
  • Modelling methods
  • Estimation of resource utilization and costs
  • Transforming and extrapolating clinical outcomes
  • Dealing with uncertainty and interpreting results
  • Health technology assessment in practice


Assessment task 1: Quiz (Individual)*


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1 and 2

Weight: 10%

There will be five short answer questions and the assessment is designed to be completed based on the lecture notes and readings.


*Note: Late submission of the assessment task will not be marked and awarded a mark of zero.

Assessment task 2: Project Proposal (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 30%

The body of the written assignment should be no longer than 1500 words. This excludes the bibliography and tables which may be used to report information on compliance with checklists applied as part of the critical review (see the assessment task for further information).

Assessment task 3: Project (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

3, 4 and 5

Weight: 60%

The main body of the report (excluding references and appendices) may be up to 2000 words. Students are not required to submit their workbook calculations for this assignment, only the written report (further information will be provided in the assessment task).

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Required texts

There is no required text for this subject.

Recommended texts

Gray, Clarke, Wolstenholme and Wordsworth
Applied Methods of Cost-Effectiveness in Health Care
Oxford University Press, 2011

Drummond, Sculpher, Torrance, O'brien, Stoddart - Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes - third edition


Additional references will be provided in the lecture notes.