In recent years, Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and Decision Sciences (DS) have become increasingly important to health care policymakers. In order to keep pace with this development, the UMIT - HTADS Continuing Education Program was designed to provide excellent quality education and comprehensive training in the key issues of these disciplines for anyone involved in the health sector.

The faculty of the “Continuing Education Program in Health Technology Assessment and Decision Science” is drawn from leading international experts from universities, industry, and HTA agencies and representatives from other relevant areas who committed to provide independent teaching of state-of-the-art principles.

The International HTADS Program, developed by the Institute of Public Health, Medical Decision Making & Health Technology Assessment at UMIT now offers besides the introductory course in HTA a 3-day course focusing on Modeling Approaches for Health Technology Assessment.

This 3-day certificate course "Modeling Approaches for HTA: a Practical Hands-On Workshop" will be held from 27 to 29 May, 2010 at UMIT. It was developed and will be held in collaboration between the PATH Research Institute at McMaster University, Canada and the Department of Public Health, Medical Decision Making and HTA at UMIT, Hall i.T., Austria.
"There are a number of other modelling courses focusing on either theory or only selected modelling approaches" explained Prof. Dr. Uwe Siebert who teaches HTA and Decision Sciences at UMIT, Harvard University, HTA organizations, and several international scientific congresses. "In contrast, our course combines theoretical concepts with practical hands-on exercises comprising five different modelling techniques applied in Public Health, Health Economics and HTA".

"Our course has been developed for a broad audience of health care professionals, industry and academia to support decision making under uncertain conditions. We feel our unique practical hands-on approach is the best and most effective way to learn these different modelling approaches” explained Prof. Ron Goeree, Director, PATH Research Institute, McMaster University, Canada.

The HTADS Program continues with the first three-day course focusing on Modeling Approaches for Health Technology Assessment.

This practical hands-on workshop covers five different modelling techniques and combines lectures, discussions, case studies, and hands-on computer lab sessions.
Who is the course aimed at?

The course is created for members of

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

Course Pre-requisites?

Basic knowledge of spreadsheet programs (e.g., MS Excel) is recommended. Experience in other software tools used in the workshop (e.g., TreeAge, Arena, Berkeley Madonna) is not required. Course language is English.

Course Documentation?

Certificates will be provided to all participants after the course.
Date of the Course
27 - 29 May 2010

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:

 Decision trees, state-transition and Markov models
 Microsimulation models
 Discrete event simulation models
 Infectious disease models
 Other modelling approaches (e.g., agent-based models, system dynamics models, causal inference models, biologic systems models)
 Handling uncertainty and variability
 Handling individual behaviour and waiting lines
 Handling dynamic transmissions and herd immunity

Please download our course brochure

Further information about this and other UMIT courses of the  HTADS Program

Funded in part by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) and ONCOTYROL - Center for Personalized Cancer Medicine *

We hope that you will be interested in applying for the course and we look forward to meeting you at UMIT.

Kind regards,

Ursula Rochau, Johannes Wurm, Katharina Hintringer (Course Assistants)
Beate Jahn (Course Coordinator, Modeling)
Uwe Siebert (Course Co-Director)
Ron Goeree (Course Co-Director)


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