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Online specialization course in modelling techniques in economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and health technology (English)


With the online specialization course in modelling techniques in economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and health technology you will master the best modelling techniques for pharmaceuticals and medical technologies and you will learn about the advances that companies in the health sector are currently implementing.

Next edition

Start program: 23 August, 2023

End program: 08 November, 2023





ECTS credits



900 €

With the online specialization course in modelling techniques in economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and health technology you will learn and put into practice the modelling techniques and the steps needed to carry out an economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals, medical technologies or health services.

This advanced program will help you understand what information you need to carry out an economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals, medical technologies, or health programs and services. You will learn to develop and use a procedure to identify, measure and financially evaluate incremental resources (costs) when performing an economic evaluation in health companies or services and you will be able to design and implement the procedure for obtaining and measuring incremental results in health when performing an economic evaluation in health companies or services.

During the course, you will learn to design cost-minimization, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility and cost-benefit studies applied to pharmaceuticals, health technologies, and health programs and services. As well as to critically assess the results of these studies.


This course is made up of 5 Teaching Units, the content of which is detailed below:
1. Introduction to modelling techniques in the economic evaluation of health technologies.
1.1 Basic concepts.
1.2 Types of models and justification for their use.
1.3 Excel basics for economic evaluation.

2. Phases of the model design.
2.1 Conceptualization.
2.2 Estimation of probabilities, use of resources, costs and utilities.
2.3 Calculation of expected values.
2.4 Sensitivity analysis.

3. Introduction to Markov models.
3.1 Basic concepts.
3.2 Graphical representation of a Markov model.
3.3 Propagation of the cohort.

4. Advanced Markov Models. Management of uncertainty through probabilistic models.
4.1 Uncertainty.
4.2 The probabilistic model.
4.3 Graphical presentation of results.
4.4 Expected value of perfect information.

5. Statistical techniques and tools for the design of decision models.
5.1 Calculation of probabilities.
5.2 Calculations from regressions.
5.3 Advantages and disadvantages of modelling software.
5.4 Sample size for cost-effectiveness studies.


Once you have completed the program, you will obtain the modelling techniques in economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and health technology course certificate, issued by UPF Barcelona School of Management.

Why choose this program


Immediate applicability of the content

The practical nature of this course will allow you to design and implement economic evaluation studies of pharmaceuticals or health technologies, so that you can implement this technique immediately in the context of your company or professional role.


Expand your training at the end of the course

This course entitles you to transfer 8 ECTS toward the Online Master in Health Economics and 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 to stand out and take on new professional challenges.

Who is it for?

Aimed at professionals in the fields health, economics and pharmaceuticals who want to understand the modelling techniques used in economic evaluation studies, and who have prior knowledge of the economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals.

Admission and enrolment



The teaching staff of this specialization course is made up of:


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: videos, interactive material, links, and downloadable resources. 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 through the contents and answer your questions, as well as the program manager 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 5 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 4 of the 5 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 practical activity, in groups, 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 5 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 modelling techniques in economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and health technology (English)