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Advanced concepts in Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analysis, HS426f Assistant Prof. Wu Zeng March 22, 2017 Draft (subject to change) Email: [email protected] Office Hours: By appointment Office: Heller Building 246 Classroom: Schneider & Family Building G1 Meeting time: Thursday afternoon 2:00-4:50 PM Prerequisite: HS 422F or HS 237F Overview: This module provides students with advanced techniques to conduct or critically review cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit studies, both in the US and internationally. Students will learn how to initiate a research ques- tion, design a study, obtain and analyze relevant data, and present results. The module will examine theoretical underpinnings and operational techniques, illustrated by one or more real-world applications. This module is built on introductory course of the cost-effeteness analysis (CEA). One major purpose of this module is to provide students with hands-on experience in applying the software of TreeAge, one of most widely used software programs in conducting cost-effectiveness and benefit analysis, from establishing a basic decision model, to conducting Markov modelling, and to performing sensitivities analysis. The use of software of TreeAge substantially extends researchers capacities in modelling complicate health interventions resulting in long-term impact. Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on a written paper (70% weight), two homework assignments (20% weight) and class participation (10% weight). The written paper will require students to apply methods of cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis to a prob- lem or question of the students choice. The analysis should be based on real data where available, supplemented as needed with expert assumptions, discussed for plausibility. The paper may be set in any country and address any environmental, social or health program, policy, or system-level question. Students are encouraged to write a joint paper with one or two classmates, but may work individually if they prefer. The paper should include a title page with the names of author(s), an abstract, references, and at least one table or figure. The paper should demonstrate

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