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An Introduction to Health Economics


Health economics is still seen as a bit of a dark art by some, but it is increasingly important in clinical research, funding applications and communicating the value of research. This session will introduce the key concepts behind health economic evaluation, the motivation for undertaking health economics in a climate of resource scarcity and describe briefly a few of the philosophical debates in health economics at the moment which are particularly relevant to early career clinical researchers.  


  • Obtain a good overview of the major theoretical and practical approaches to health economics in the UK

  • Understand the relationship between clinical trials and health economics, and between health economics and clinical implementation on the ground

  • 'Know what you don't know' - understand when and where speaking to a health economist might be valuable


Dr Alex Bates

Watch this short video to hear from Alex about the course and what to expect.


*There is a limited number of fully-funded places available on this course for University of Edinburgh (UoE) and NHS Lothian (NHSL) staff and students. To be eligible for one of the funded places, you must provide an active UoE or NHSL email addressTerms and Conditions apply.

*** Note - we offer a £20 discount on course fees if paying by debit/credit card - see below rates***


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Rate (invoice/UoE internal transfer)

Fully funded place (see eligibility above)*



Student (matriculation details required)









There is a cancellation date of 25/09/2024. If you cancel after this date, you will still be charged. 

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