Online Master in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics

Program curriculum and final degree

Program Curriculum

Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) support this educational initiative by offering an academic endorsement of the content, methods and teaching staff, as well as awarding the corresponding qualification.

  • Preliminary Phase: Arrival in the virtual global campus
  • Course 1: Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technologies (1): Basic Concepts
  • Course 2: Quantitative Techniques Applied to Health Service and Pharmacy Management
  • Course 3: Economics and Policies of Pharmaceutical Financing
  • Course 4: Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technologies (2): Advances
  • Course 5: Drug Management in Health Systems
  • Course 6: Health Economics (1)
  • Course 7: Health Economics (2)
  • Course 8: Modelling Techniques in Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Technologies
  • Course 9: Term Paper

Recommendation: The recommended amount of time for the participant to spend on each teaching unit of each module is estimated at a minimum of 12.5 hours. However, this figure can vary depending on individuals' skill and previous knowledge.

COURSES CONTENT (download study guide here):

COURSE 1. Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technologies (1): Basic Concepts Author: Jaume Puig-Junoy and José Luis Pinto Tutor: Jaume Puig-Junoy The general aim of this module is to introduce the participant 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)

COURSE 2: Quantitative Techniques Applied to Health Service and Pharmacy Management Author: Carles Murillo Tutor: Pilar García Gómez The aim of this module is to provide the basic tools for analysing the overall behaviour of variables of interest for pharmaceutical and health management. Participants learn how to interpret the results of a selection of statistical and econometric analysis techniques that can be useful in decision-making in this area.

Teacher: Pilar García Gómez

  • Teaching Unit 1. Measuring the relationship between health care expenditure and income. 
  • Teaching Unit 2. Factors Determining the Efficacy of a Treatment.
  • Teaching Unit 3. Building pharmaceutical budgets.
  • Teaching Unit 4. Prescriber behaviour.

COURSE 3: Economics and Policies of Pharmaceutical Financing. Author and Tutor: Jaume Puig-Junoy The basic aim of this module is to enable the participant to analyse the justification for and effectiveness of the main policies for the regulation and funding of pharmaceuticals in a health system.

Teacher: Jaume Puig Junoy

  • Teaching Unit 1. Pharmaceutical Expenditure: Interpretation and Distinctive Features of the Market.
  • Teaching Unit 2. Insurance and Demand for Pharmaceuticals.
  • Teaching Unit 3. Pharmaceutical Price Regulation.
  • Teaching Unit 4. Patents and Policies Encouraging Competition in the Pharmaceutical Market.

COURSE 4. Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technologies (2): Advances Authors: Eulàlia Dalmau and Jaume Puig-Junoy Tutor: Jaume Puig- Junoy The general aim of this module is to familiarise the participant with some recent advances in the use of techniques and instruments for the economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies and apply them to a number of case studies. This is the second of two teaching modules that pursue this objective.

Teacher: Jaume Puig Junoy

  • Teaching Unit 1. Cost Analysis in Economic Evaluation (2).
  • Teaching Unit 2. Cost-Benefit Analysis (2): Methods of Estimating Willingness to Pay.
  • Teaching Unit 3. Models and Uncertainty in Economic Evaluation.
  • Teaching Unit 4. Use and Application of Economic Evaluation in Decision-Making.

COURSE 5: Drug Management in Health Systems Authors: Lluís Segú and Gonzalo de Miquel Serra Tutors: Lluís Segú, Gonzalo de Miquel Serra and Pilar García Gómez The general aim of this module is to make the participant aware of the possibilities of applying rational drug use in order to guarantee the best possible use of pharmacological resources from the point of view of both the effectiveness and the efficiency of pharmacological interventions and apply it to a number of case studies.

Teachers: Josep Lluís Segú and Gonzalo de Miquel Serra.

  • Teaching Unit 1. Can We Manage Pharmaceuticals in Health Systems? The Micromanagement Approach.
  • Teaching Unit 2. The Development Process of New Drugs: The Perspective of the Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • Teaching Unit 3. Elements for Drug Management in Health Systems: The Micromanagement Approach.
  • Teaching Unit 4. Implementation of Drug Management in Microenvironments: Information, Responsibility Sharing, Integration and Evaluation.

COURSE 6: Health Economics (1) Authors: Marisol Rodríguez Martínez and Jaume Puig-Junoy Tutors: Teaching Unit 1 and 2: Marisol Rodríguez; Teaching Unit 3 and 4: Jaume Puig-Junoy The basic aim of this module is to guide the participant in the economic analysis of the functioning of the health sector and the economic behaviour of the agents involved in it, with special reference to the application of economic concepts and instruments to the management of health services. This aim is pursued jointly with Module 7 of this programme.

Teachers: Carlos Campillo and Marisol Rodríguez

  • Teaching Unit 1. Economics and its Applicability to the Field of Health.
  • Teaching Unit 2. The Health Production Function and the Analysis of Health Expenditure.
  • Teaching Unit 3. Markets for Health Goods and Services.
  • Teaching Unit 4. Costs, Payment Systems and Incentives in the Production of Health Services.

COURSE 7: Health Economics (2) Authors: Marisol Rodríguez Martínez, Carles Murillo and Jaume Puig-Junoy Tutors: Teaching Unit 1 and 2: Marisol Rodríguez; Teaching Unit 3 and 4: Jaume Puig-Junoy The basic aim of this module is to guide the participant in the economic analysis of the functioning of the health sector and the economic behaviour of the agents involved in it, with special reference to the application of economic concepts and instruments to the management of health services. This aim is pursued jointly with Module 6 of this programme.

Teachers: Carlos Campillo and Marisol Rodríguez

Teaching Unit 1. Demand for Health and for Medical Care.

  • Teaching Unit 2. Variability in Medical Practice (VMP).
  • Teaching Unit 3. Technology, Outsourcing and Competition in Health Services.
  • Teaching Unit 4. The Goal of Equity in Health: Theory and Applications.

COURSE 8: Modelling Techniques in Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Technologies Authors: José Manuel Rodríguez Barrios, Carlos Crespo Palomo and David SerranoTutors: José Manuel Rodríguez Barrios and Carlos Crespo Palomo The basic aim of this Module is to provide the participant with the practical skills and abilities needed when looking for solutions to a problem of economic evaluation in healthcare. Thus, the concepts of decision analysis and of modelling techniques for economic evaluation will be reviewed in order to emphasise the practical development of models of decision analysis and Markov models that compare several courses of action, healthcare programmes, health intervention procedures or complementary treatments. Throughout the module, the participant will deal with the typical problems involved in the practical application of economic evaluation models and will develop different techniques for solving them.

Teachers: José Manuel Rodríguez Barrios y Carlos Crespo Palomo.

  • Teaching Unit 1. Introduction to modelling techniques in economic evaluation studies for healthcare technologies. 
  • Teaching Unit 2. Elaboration phases of a model.
  • Teaching Unit 3. Introduction to Markov models.
  • Teaching Unit 4. Advantages of Markov models. Dealing with uncertainty in probabilistic models
  • Teaching Unit 5. Statistical techniques and tools for the elaboration of decision models

COURSE 9: Term Paper Module Coordinators: Jaume Puig-Junoy and Pilar García-Gómez To write a document, on a topic chosen by each participant, containing elements of economic analysis on some point of interest of the subjects and content included in the course. After completing the seven taught modules, each participant is required to produce a Term Paper on a subject related to health economics and pharmacoeconomics. The Term Paper is supervised by lecturers belonging to the Academic Board.

Final Degree

Qualification and Academic Value

The successful completion of Modules 1 to 8 plus the Term Paper entitles the participant to the Master in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics, issued by Pompeu Fabra University.

Issuance of official Master's Degrees: The issuance of officially recognised diplomas in Spain implies the payment of a certificate issuance tax. This tax is officially approved by the Catalan Government and it varies from year to year. The programme tuition fees do not include this tax, which must be paid by the student for the successful attainment of the programme's final diploma.

 

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