This course will cover advanced theoretical and methodological tools in economic evaluation, with a focus on their application in public health. It will cover key topics in modelling costs, estimating comparative effectiveness of interventions from observational data and using economic reasoning to inform policy and practice. The course will combine lectures and computer lab sessions.

DescriptionSpeakersTarget audienceLearning objectivesCourse formatProgrammeFeesAccommodation
23 – 27 July, 2018
UNIL Campus
For whom?
International PhD students or postdocs in Economics, health economics, public health, epidemiology, health informatics, biostatistics, political sciences, decision science. Limited places for professionals.
How much?
From CHF 350.-
Non credited course, Official Certificate of Attendance delivered

Prof. Anirban Basu

Anirban Basu is the Stergachis Family Endowed Professor and Director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program at the University of Washington with additional appointments in the Department of Health Services, the Department of Economics and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Anirban’s work sits at the intersection of microeconomics, statistics, and health policy. His research focuses on comparative and cost effectiveness analyses, causal inference methods, program evaluation, and outcomes research, with a special emphasis on studying heterogeneity in clinical and economic outcomes in order to establish the realized and potential values of individualized care.

Prof. Richard Cookson

Richard Cookson is a Professor and NIHR Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK. Richard’s research focuses on equity in health and health care and is summarised in this 15-minute YorkTalk and his inaugural lecture. He has developed health equity indicators for the NHS and methods of equity-informative economic evaluation and is currently conducting a five-year fellowship research programme (PDF , 427kb) on the health equity impacts of organisations and interventions.



Dr Hazel Squires

Dr Hazel Squires is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, UK. Hazel’s research focuses on the development of economic models for Public Health interventions, health technology assessments and the use of patient level simulation. Hazel developed a framework for helping modellers develop the structure of Public Health economic models as part of a NIHR doctoral research fellowship.


Prof. Joachim Marti, IUMSP, University of Lausanne

Prof. Mark Dusheiko, IUMSP, University of Lausanne

PhD students or postdocs in health economics, economics, public health, biostatistics, or equivalent. The programme has a limited number of places for professionals outside academia.

At the end of the course, students will be familiarized with cutting-edge methods in the economic evaluation of public health interventions and will be confident in designing and critically appraising research projects in the area.

  • Understand and apply advanced methods in cost-effectiveness modelling
  • Understand the role of equity in economic evaluation
  • Learn how to use economic reasoning in public health and policy evaluation
  • Discuss applications of economic evaluation in public health and their use in decision-making
  • Critically appraise applied health economics literature

The course will combine lectures and computer lab sessions. Students will have the opportunity to apply the methods covered in the lectures to real data and will be exposed to recent empirical work in the area. A workshop with policymakers will be organised towards the end of the week to discuss how empirical tools can inform policy and practice.

You can find below the tentative programme, regularly updated.

Program (in linear form)


PhD students and postdocs CHF 350.-
Professionals CHF 900.-

  • Tuition fees
  • Lunches
  • Social events


Please note that accommodation is not covered by the fees.

Rooms have been prebooked at the Youth Hostel Lausanne Jeunotel. Rooms will be given on a “first come first serve” basis.

Youth Hostel Lausanne Jeunotel

Buffet breakfast, bed linen, and transportation pass for Lausanne are included in the reservation. If you would like to book a room, please contact us.


Single room: from CHF 90.- per night
Room shared by two people : from CHF 56.- per person per night
Taxes: CHF 2.60.- per person per night

*Please note that prices are indicative and subject to change, depending on the date of booking


Registration is open until June 8, 2018