Middle East Program in Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment

Partnership objectives

  1. Understand the foundational principles of health economics and outcomes research;
  2. Understand cost and outcomes modeling techniques for economic evaluation;
  3. Critically evaluate cost-effectiveness studies;
  4. Describe and effectively use the methods of Health Technology Assessment to undertake an assessment of a health technology;
  5. Be able to use economic assessments for improving health care decisions.

articipants expressed how the knowledge gained from the program will impact their daily practice and clarified to them the real challenges in decision making. articipants expressed how the knowledge gained from the program will impact their daily practice and clarified to them the real challenges in decision making. Copyright Hamdan Medical Award

What are the health needs and challenges? 

The role of health economics and outcomes research with regards to health care decision making is increasing. There is however, the need to ensure this area of research is well understood and the data and information generated from this research is accurately interpreted and used within the health care decision making process.   Therefore, this Programme was designed is to allow the participants to gain experience with decision modelling, patient reported outcomes, micro-simulation and assessment of uncertainty, and principles and practice of health technology assessment.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The program is designed as a short course, comprised of 3 separate modules spanning two days per module. 

Each module was dedicated to a specific Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment topic.  Module 1:  Economic Evaluation and Clinical Epidemiology; Module 2: Principles and Concepts of Health Economics; and Module 3: Health Technology Assessments  

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Participants were given a strong foundation of HEOR knowledge in a robust framework. Their understanding of the material was reinforced by their engagement in the course. Participants expressed how the knowledge gained from the program will impact their daily practice and clarified to them the real challenges in decision making by adopting new methods and the need for health economics department in the ministry of health and in authorities.  


Partnership information

Company(ies) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Partner(s) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, University of Washington

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Other

Disease(s) General Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) General population, Health professionals

Region(s) Middle East & North Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) United Arab Emirates

Start Date 2013

More information Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment

Anticipated completion date Ongoing