International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement (IHTA) (online) (MSc/Diploma/Certificate/Continuing Professional Development)
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*** Please note that ScHARR is changing the way we talk about distance learning. It will now be referred to as “online learning”. During this transition, you may see both terms used while central systems update. Please note that the courses and their content remain unaffected by the change in terminology. ***
|About the course||
This is the only online, international graduate programme offering the entire range of knowledge and skills needed by those developing health technologies for market, or involved in commissioning or evaluating health technologies.
Using innovative, online learning materials, the programme is suited to those with busy work commitments in these fields.
For those working in the pharmaceutical, medical devices or diagnostics industries worldwide, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the processes and contexts of markets, pricing and customers needed for new product development in multiple jurisdictions.
The course also meets the needs of those involved in health technology policy formulation, management and evidence-based commissioning and purchasing of health technologies for governments or health services throughout the world.
ScHARR was confirmed as the most powerful UK university department for health services research and health technology assessment in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The School has the largest concentration of world-class and international researchers, above other leading universities such as the London School of Hygiene, York and Manchester.
Please get in touch if you require any further information about the course, or see our new online learning brochure here.
All modules account for 15 credits unless stated otherwise. You require 60 credits (4 x 15 credit modules chosen from any listed below) for the PG Cert, 120 Credits (8 x 15 credit modules including all 6 core modules below) for the PG Dip or 180 credits ( 8 or 10 15-credit modules including all 6 core modules listed below, plus a 30 or 60 credit project module) for the MSc.
Please note that availability of optional modules is dependent on sufficient student numbers. Therefore, some optional modules (marked below with *) may not be available in some academic years.
|HAR6111||Methods and Processes in International Health Technology Assessment||Katy Cooper/ Alice Bessey/ Ben van Hout||Autumn|
|HAR6114||Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis: Principles||Chris Carroll||Autumn|
|HAR6112||International Healthcare Systems and Reimbursement||Chris Carroll||Spring|
|HAR6113||Cost-effectiveness Modelling in International HTA||Alan Brennan||Spring|
Year 2 modules (HAR6115 and HAR692 are core, all other modules are optional)
|HAR6115||Economic Evaluation in International HTA||Simon Dixon and Phil Shackley||Autumn|
|HAR6116||Randomised Controlled Trials to Support Reimbursement Decision Making||Katie Biggs and Chin Maguire||Autumn|
|HAR691 *||Using Evidence in the Design and Development of Models||Suzy Paisley||Autumn|
|HAR6119||Building Cost-effectiveness Models for HTA||Sue Ward||Spring|
|HAR6118||Utility and Patient-reported Outcomes Data in HTA||Matthew Franklin||Spring|
|HAR692||Pharmaceutical Pricing||Ben van Hout||Spring|
Projects (required for MSc accreditation are taken at the end of Year 2 or beyond)
|HAR689*||Long Project (60 credits)||Edith Poku||Spring Semester|
|HAR690*||Short Project (30 credits)||Edith Poku||Spring Semester|
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.
"I would totally recommend the online HTA course, as a result of which I'm pursuing my dream of a PhD in evidence synthesis! Thankyou."
(Michelle Maden, 2014 graduate)
"The iHTA program at SCHARR provides a holistic, global view of all key aspects of health technology assessment (HTA). The program has given me insights into many facets of HTA, all of which provide a strong foundation for my career as a professional with responsibility for health economics and reimbursement."
(Jason Lerner, 2014 graduate)
"This iHTA course at SCHARR is very impressive and I strongly recommend it for any students who are interested in the HTA area from whatever perspective. The program covers from the fundamental to advanced knowledge and still fits well with the needs of students who have different backgrounds. In addition, the program is well structured and very comprehensive and also allows interaction with other students. The Instructors and the team are also very supportive and knowledgeable too"
(Sirinthip Petcharapiruch, 2014 graduate)
*All students consented to the use of their comments in this publicity material.
Programme evaluations are run frequently to assess and improve the programme. We work constantly to develop and enhance the learning experience of our students.
Our students typically already work for the following:
- Large and small, national and international pharmaceutical and devices companies;
- Health economics consultancies (including being self-employed in this capacity);
- Health care providers and hospital organisations;
- Government departments, ministries and agencies;
- HTA agencies;
Our students are an international body who live and work all over the world, from Japan to North America, Chile to Malaysia, Hungary to France. They are seeking to develop key skills to enhance their careers within HTA, market access, trial design and other aspects of health technology assessment, in the private or public sector.
Who will benefit from studying this course?
This MSc is suited to all those working, or aspiring to work, in the field of health technology assessment nationally or internationally, whether for a company developing health technologies, or in a health service or regulatory body evaluating or commissioning health technologies.
The course will help you progress in your chosen career in market access, trial design and other aspects of health technology assessment, in the private or public sector.
For those aspiring to work in the field, the course will provide the comprehensive training needed to gain a post in industry or working as a health technology evaluator or commissioner anywhere in the world.
|How many modules can I take?||
You can take as many as you like, from the full Masters through to single module options, providing complete flexibility for any number between 1 and 10. Single modules can only be taken in the Semester in which they are to be delivered. Please see the "Modules & Course Structure" page for this. Also, they must be applied for via the CPD pages. Please see the "How to Apply" page for this.
|Can I take any combination of modules?||
Yes. The MSc and Diploma each has 5 "core" compulsory modules, but the remaining 3-5 modules are optional. The combination and choice of modules for all other accredited qualifications from the programme (Certificate and single modules) is completely up to you, unless a restriction applies (e.g. bursary students)
|How many hours work is it?||
Each module requires between 5 and 10 of work each week. So, if you are completing the usual 2 modules in any semester, you will be expected to be doing up to 20 hours of work each week. This is just a guide, however, as modules are different and workload can vary, with some weeks light and some heavy.
|Do I get academic credit for taking a single module?||
Yes. Each module is accredited by the University of Sheffield. You will receive credits from the University, which you can use towards gaining the full Certificate, Diploma or MSc later, if you wish. Single modules can only be taken in the Semester in which they are to be delivered. Please see the "Course Structure" page for this. They must be applied for via the CPD pages.
|What is the experience of the faculty?||
We have been teaching much of the material face to face on Masters programmes for more than 15 years. This online learning version is new. Other modules are entirely new, with no equivalents elsewhere at all. All staff involved in developing and delivering this course have been involved in producing work for and collaborating with NICE in the UK, and pharma and HTA agencies worldwide, for many years. Members of staff from NICE and other organisations also contribute to modules.
|Do I have to come to Sheffield?||
No. The course is delivered entirely online, and all materials are made available via the internet. So, for international students there are no visa, travel or residential requirements.
We use video, podcasts (audio), web lectures and screencasts, and online interactive, collaborative tools. Materials are also made available in formats for offline learning and will be available via mobile learning systems (iPads, tablets, smartphones etc.). This makes the programme more sustainable, flexible and reduces costs for the student. However, members of the Faculty would always be happy to see students if they happen to visit Sheffield.
|Can I specialise?||
You may already be a specialist in some areas of HTA, such as trial management, health economics, cost-effectiveness modelling or evidence synthesis, and may be looking to develop generalist skills by gaining a thorough, critical understanding of other aspects of the process. Alternatively, you may have a specialist background in other areas, e.g. epidemiology, pharmacology, clinical medicine, marketing or other disciplines, but are seeking to develop a more in-depth understanding of specific fields and processes. The breadth and depth of the programme, and the various accredited options, from a full Masters to single modules, satisfies both sets of needs and everything in between.
|How do I apply?||
Read through the information on the ScHARR "How to Apply" pages first. You will then need to apply using the university's online application system.
To apply for single modules, please go to the University's CPD homepage.
|When can I apply?||
The main intake is in September. It is best to have your application submitted by theOnline end of August, at the latest. This allows time before your induction for uploading and authorisation of supporting documents, such as references and confirmation of fees, and facilitates your progress through the application, admissions and registration processes. The same applies to those taking single modules, depending on the semester in which they are to be delivered.
|When would I register and begin my studies?||
If you are pursuing the MSc or Diploma programmes, then you would start in the first Semester of the academic year (September). If you were taking single modules or the certificate, then you could begin your studies at the beginning of either Semester (September or February). We have students doing all options.
|Can I talk to someone about my options or the pathways I might follow through the programme?||
Yes. Please email the course administrator, Matt Scarbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org or, alternatively, Claire Beecroft (the course director) who would be happy to email or speak to you about your needs, what you want to do and the pathway through the programme that suits you best.