Introduction to Comparative Cost-Effectiveness

HPAM-GP.4855, 1.5 points.

Semester: Spring


The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts and methods used to measure and compare the expected benefits, risks, and costs of alternative medical interventions – both preventive and therapeutic – in a specific population. The economic and clinical trends in US health care will be reviewed and related to current political support for comparative effectiveness research. The course considers evidence based medicine and the role of comparative effectiveness research in the development of practice guidelines, the design and utility of randomized controlled trials, economic evaluation of interventions and modeling outcomes. Students will learn to critically evaluate outcomes studies and the strength of evidence on which conclusions are based.


HPAM-GP.1830 or HPAM-GP.1831 and/or CORE-GP.1022

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Spring 2012Leader, ShelahEvaluation
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