short courses


HTADS - Program on Health Technology Assessment &
Decision Sciences



Winter School in Clinical Epidemiology - A 5-day Certified Course
Introduction to Health Technology Assessment
- A 4-day Certified Course

Modeling Approaches for HTA: a Practical Hands-On Workshop
 - A 3-day Certified Course
Causal Inference in Observational Studies and Clinical Trials Affected by Treatment Switching: A Practical Hands-on Workshop

4-Day Certified Course
in Introduction to Health Technology Assessment

02 - 05 May, 2017
UMIT - The Health & Life Sciences University
Hall i.T., Austria


Course Overview
Date of Course & Location
Objectives of Course
Payment Details
Accommodations & Directions

Course brochure



The HTADS Program starts with a four-day course focusing on Health Technology Assessment, Health-Economic Evaluation and Outcomes Research.
This introductory course covers the key elements and methods of HTA and combines lectures, discussions, case study group work, and hands-on computer lab session.

Who is the course aimed at?
The course is created for members of

  • Healthcare & health policy organizations, national HTA Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical & medical device industry
  • Academia and research institutions
  • Health insurances/sickness funds
  • Consultancy organizations


Course Pre-requisites?
This is an introductory course, there are no pre-requisites. Course language is English.

Course Documentation?
Certificates will be provided to all participants after the course.

For those who are interested in a graded course performance record, we are offering a course examination subsequent to the HTA course. The exam is designed to evaluate the understanding of the basic HTA concepts and is administered on the last day of the course. The exam is a closed-book test mainly consisting of multiple-choice answers, short calculations or open text questions, which are drawn from the major topic areas of the course. Further information regarding the examination and enrollment will be provided after registration.


Date of the Course
02 - 05 May, 2017

Course Location
UMIT Campus - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology
Eduard Wallnoefer Center 1
6060 Hall i.T. (close to Innsbruck), Austria


By the end of the course, participants will be familiar with:

  • HTA principles and practice
  • Methods in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology and EbM
  • Patient-relevant outcome measures
  • Critical study appraisal
  • Systematic reviews & meta-analysis
  • Economic evaluation and pricing
  • Decision-analytic modeling (+ computer tutorial)
  • Context-specific application of HTA
  • HTA from different perspectives (agency, industry, etc.)






[Registration starts at 11:00]

Objectives & Framework of HTA

Clinical Investigation, EbM and Health Outcomes:
Study Design, Biostatistical & Epidemiological Methods, EbM, Systematic Reviews, Measuring Health Outcomes

EXERCISE: Assessing Clinical Publications:
Case Example


Goal and Scope / Literature Search / Databases

Design, Methods, Software (RevMan 5.0, Cochrane Collaboration)

Health Technology Assessment (HTA):
Key Principles & Guidelines, Process & Methods, Horizon Scanning, HTA Institutions

EXERCISE: Working with HTA Reports:
Case Example



Economic Evaluation in Health Care:
Costs, Economic Study Types, Trial-based Analysis, Modeling

EXERCISE:  Assessing Economic Publications:
Case Example

Pharmacoeconomic Modeling:
Decision-analytic Modeling, Decision Trees/Markov Models/Discrete Event Simulation, Sensitivity Analysis, Validation

HTA from the European Perspective (EUnetHTA)


[End of course 14:00]



Reimbursement, Pricing & Market Access

EXERCISE: Programming a Decision-Analytic Model

SESSION XIV:  Specific Aspects and Future Challenges in HTA:
ELSI (Ethical, Legal & Social Issues), Impact, Harmonization, Future Trends, Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

OPTIONAL: Course Examination [14:30 - 15:30]





    Prof. Dr. Uwe Siebert, MPH, MSc, ScD

Course Director


Uwe Siebert, MD, MPH, MSc, ScD


Chair, Dept. of Public Health, Health Services Research and HTA, UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Austria


Uwe Siebert, MD, MPH, MSc, ScD

Ursula Rochau, MD, MSc

Petra Schnell-Inderst, Dr., MPH

Nikolai Mühlberger, DVM, MPH


Institute of Public Health, Medical Decision Making and Health Technology Assessment
UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology


Course Coordinator


Caroline Steigenberger, MPH


Institute of Public Health, Medical Decision Making & Health Technology Assessment
UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology


In addition, tutors from the Institute of Public Health, Medical Decision Making and Health Technology Assessment (UMIT) will be involved in all exercises.




Online Registration is closed.


Registration fees

Course fee (public/academic sector):

 Euro 1950

 Early booking fee before 15 March 2017:

 Euro 1550

Course fee (commercial sector):

 Euro 2950

 Early booking fee before 15 March 2017:

 Euro 2350

VAT is not payable.

Course fees include a comprehensive syllabus, an extensive binder with background reading material, course certificate, snacks and lunch, but not accommodation.

Method of Payment

Payment must be made by bank transfer. After registration, participants will be provided with the payment details via e-mail.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund of course fees (less 15% administrative charges) will be made for cancellations received in writing at least one month prior to the workshop. Substitutes can be made but please email new delegates details when known. Cancellations made less than one month prior to the course are non-refundable/non-changeable.
In the unlikely event that, due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment, the course has to be cancelled by the UMIT, our liability is limited to refund of course fees only. We recommend that delegates have adequate insurance cover to claim any travel or personal expenses.




There are a number of hotels near the campus. Reservations should be made when you receive your registration and payment confirmation. We have made special arrangements with hotels near the course location. After registration, you will receive more details regarding accommodation via e-mail.

Travelling to Hall and UMIT

Plan your route to UMIT

City of Hall and Innsbruck

Hall is a historical city and is located 10 km east of the Tyrols capital, Innsbruck. Hall became known early on in the middle ages as an important coin pressing and trade city.

Innsbruck was the host city of the Olympic winter games in 1964 and 1976 and is famous for its charming old town and the golden roof. 

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Institute of Public Health, Medical Decision Making and HTA
Continuing Education Program on HTA & Decision Sciences (HTADS)
UMIT - University for Health Sciences Medical Informatics and Technology
Eduard-Wallnöfer-Zentrum 1
A-6060 Hall i.T., Austria
Tel.: +43 50 8648-3901
Fax: +43 50 8648-673901
E-mail: htads@umit.at