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Online specialization course in economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies (in English)


With the online specialization course in economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies, you will obtain knowledge about the key aspects of the basic techniques and tools for the economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies through their application to various case studies.

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Start program: 21 February, 2023

End program: 02 May, 2023





ECTS credits



900 €

With the online specialization course in economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies you will learn how to justify the need to carry out an economic evaluation of a pharmaceutical product or medical technology with few resources and you will be able to provide basic knowledge of the main methods (cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis and cost-benefit analysis) and steps to follow in the design and implementation of an economic evaluation study for pharmaceutical products, medical technologies and health programs.

During the course, you will learn to use the necessary tools to carry out a financial assessment of the resources used (costs) in the application of a medical technology, medicine or health program, as well as about the consequences that may arise from the introduction of a new pharmaceutical product or medical technology using cost-benefit analysis techniques.

This course is made up of 4 Teaching Units, the content of which is detailed below:

Unit 1. Economic evaluation methods for pharmaceuticals, medical technologies and health programs.

1.1 The need to count.

1.2 What are the necessary steps to carry out an economic evaluation?

1.3 Design of a cost-effectiveness analysis of a COX-2 NSAID.


Unit 2. Cost analysis in economic evaluation (1).

2.1 Estimation of the costs of a new pharmaceutical.

2.2 The adjustment of costs over time.

2.3 The distinction between average cost and marginal cost.


Unit 3. Cost-utility analysis.

3.1 Estimation of the benefits of treatment alternatives.

3.2 The use and calculation of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs).

3.3 Design of a cost-utility analysis (CUA).


Unit 4. Cost-benefit analysis (1)

4.1 Is it useful to assess the result in monetary terms?

4.2 First steps to obtain a measure of net monetary value.

4.3 Assessing the results through the willingness to pay.

Once you have completed the program, you will obtain the Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technologies course certificate, issued by UPF Barcelona School of Management.

Why choose this program


Up-to-date and relevant sector content

Through several case studies you will learn about the key aspects of the basic techniques and tools for the economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies.


Expand your training at the end of the course

This course entitles you to transfer 6 ECTS toward the Online Master in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics, the Postgraduate Course in Health Economics or the Postgraduate Course in Pharmacoeconomics.


Adapted to you

Its online methodology gives you the flexibility to cover its content and undergo the necessary evaluations at your convenience.



You will be in permanent contact with lecturers and classmates through the questions forum, where you can ask questions, share experiences and generate new contacts.


Prestigious qualification

You will obtain a qualification endorsed by the international prestige of Pompeu Fabra University which will allow you stand out and take on new professional challenges. 

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at professionals in the field of the health and pharmaceutical sector related to drugs management who want to learn about the techniques of economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies.

Admission and enrolment


This course is organized into 4 teaching units that combine different methodologies: didactic content (interactive and downloadable materials, cases, video tutorials), introductory test, self-assessment activities, practical activities, and personalized access to the tutors through the forum of discussion, and other complementary resources of the learning (complimentary bibliography and related articles).

Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technologies: Basic Concepts

The general aim of this module is to introduce the participants to the basic and fundamental aspects of the main techniques and instruments used in the economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies and apply them to a number of case studies. This is the first of two teaching modules that pursue this objective.

Teacher: Jaume Puig Junoy

  • Teaching Unit 1. Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals, Medical Technologies and Health Programmes
  • Teaching Unit 2. Cost Analysis in Economic Evaluation (1)
  • Teaching Unit 3. Cost-Utility Analysis
  • Teaching Unit 4. Cost-Benefit Analysis (1)


Jaume Puig-Junoy is Senior Lecturer at Barcelona School of Management - Pompeu Fabra University (BSM-UPF). He has a degree in Economics and Business Sciences with an outstanding achievement prize (1983) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a PhD in Economics (1991) from the same university. He was director of the Research Centre for Health and Economics (CRES) from 2010-2011 and 2014-2015, and co-director from 2006 to 2010. He was president of the Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality (AIAQS) between 2010 and 2011. 

He is currently Director of the Master in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics (MESOL) (IDEC-UPF) and the International Master on Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics (MESIOL) (IDEC-UPF). His main lines of research are health economics, public sector economics, health management and economic evaluation.


At UPF Barcelona School of Management we are committed to a flexible and dynamic online model whose objective is to place you at the heart of the process so that you have control over the way you learn.  

To help you with your day-to-day management and to achieve your academic goals, you will have 24/7 access to the virtual environment so you can study at your own pace without a fixed timetable.

This will allow you to acquire key knowledge and skills while combining your education with your work and personal life, allowing you to make the most of the time you have available.


Interactive teaching resources

Resources in different formats will provide you with a more motivating experience: interactive teaching material, practical activity, video tutorial, complementary reading. Designed and updated periodically by professionals and experts in the field, putting the latest knowledge, skills, and tools at your fingertips so you can take your career to the next level.


Collaborative learning

Participation and discussion with your classmates and lecturers are essential to the learning process. We will provide you with various resources such as the Forum, where you can propose new topics for debate, comment on and answer questions asked by the lecturer or respond to interesting comments. 


Personalized support

You will have both the support of the expert lecturer, who will guide you throughout the course and answer your questions, as well as the program coordinator who will accompany you in the day-to-day running of the program and facilitate access to the different services.


The course is evaluated based on 4 individual and personalized final exercises, one for each Teaching Unit, which account for 75% of the final grade for the course. The FINAL EXERCISE of a Teaching Unit is considered to have been successfully passed if a minimum 
of 5 correct answers is obtained out of a total of 10. A pass must be obtained in at least 3 of the 4 final exercises. If you do not pass any of them you will be given the opportunity during the recovery period to try again or to improve the grade obtained (only the highest grade will be recorded in the system).

In addition, at the end of the course there will be an optional individual practical activity that will account for 25% of the final grade for the course.

IMPORTANT: The course’s practical activity cannot be retaken and has no recovery period. Therefore, if the practical activity is not carried out within the indicated period, the maximum grade that you can obtain for the subject will be 7.5 (assuming you obtain the maximum grade in each of the 4 subject tests)


The learning process is characterized by its flexibility, since, in the virtual learning environment, the structure of the school calendar and the diversity of multimedia resources which are made available to the student allows them to acquire knowledge in a self-regulated manner.

The support of the teaching staff and interaction with classmates is carried out by making use of a wide variety of communication channels that facilitate proximity and didactic dialogue. 


Professional Future

Admission and enrolment

The admission and enrolment process for this course consists of a few simple steps.

Who can apply?

The online specialization courses are aimed at professionals who want to acquire new specific skills to expand their knowledge and improve their professional career.

How to apply?

To enrol in this program, you must read and accept the Contract Terms and Conditions and fill in the registration form.

The following steps need to be taken to register for the course:

1. Fill in the admission application form. You will receive a username and password to access the eSecretaría platform.
2. On the platform, upload a scanned copy of your ID (both sides).
3. Go to the "Enrolment" section to pay for the course by credit card or bank transfer.

In certain cases, additional documentation may be requested. 

The application is subject to the availability of places.

Online specialization course in economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies (in English)