Sixty-seven participants learned the basics of cost-effectiveness analysis.

On April 27th, the Research Center for Health Policy and Economics organized Hitotsubashi University Health Economics Short Course “Economic Evaluation of Healthcare Technology: Using Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.” Having Prof. Mark Sculpher, the Center for Health Economics, the University of York, UK, as a lecturer, the short course took place in Otemachi Sankei Plaza, Tokyo, and gathered 67 participants.
This one-day short course, comprising of lectures on theory and practice of economic evaluation of healthcare technologies, was designed for post-graduate students and professionals working in the health sector. In the morning, lectures of the basics and the practice of cost-effectiveness analysis were given and then followed by a one-hour practice session including a group discussion. Nine groups of participants discussed the assignment and presented their results. In the afternoon, a one-hour lecture titled “Introduction to decision modeling” accompanied by a one hour practice session was arranged. To answer questions from the participants, the Center appointed six tutors during the sessions.
While the Health Economics Short Course was the very first attempt of the center, it gained a high reputation and received more applications than the enrollment limit. The participants evaluated the course highly in the course evaluation survey.
The short course was co-sponsored by The Kikawada Foundation (the 21-Seiki Bunka Gakujyutsu Zaidan).
Lecturing Prof. Mark SculpherClass roomTutoringGroup discussionPractice session
Hitotsubashi University is currently preparing to start “Executive Program,” which mainly targets professionals dealing with health economics problems on their job, such as healthcare professionals (doctors and nurses, administrative staff), local government representatives, and managers and policy makers in healthcare and long-term care sectors. This short-term intensive program will consist of a coherent curriculum ranging from learning specialized knowledge of social science such as health economics and management to applied and practical education with the objective of contributing to solving challenges of healthcare and long-term care. Preparations are currently underway to open the program from the 2018 academic year, utilizing the experience and knowledge the center obtained through organizing the Hitotsubashi University Health Economics Short Course.
Details will be announced on this homepage once finalized.