Spring 2020 - HSCI 372 D200

Special Topics in Health Sciences (3)

Health Economic Evaluation

Class Number: 7374

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 11401, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5005, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Will vary according to topic.



A specific topic in health sciences which is not otherwise covered in depth in regular courses.


Course Description:
This course addresses the application of the techniques of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis to evaluate technologies and interventions in the health sector.  It aims to provide an understanding of theoretical and practical issues related to health economic evaluation, and how it can be applied to the health care sector to inform decisions.  These techniques are critical to health policy makers, who use them to help plan health services, evaluate new technologies, programs, and procedures, or design health insurance benefits to ensure high quality and sustainability in health care delivery in both industrialized and developing countries.  This course will cover the core methodological aspects of conducting a health economic evaluation and provide opportunities for practical, hands-on skill development. We will restrict our focus to the theory and practice of economic evaluation, which is one specialization within the broader domain of health economics.


Learning Objectives:  
1. Introduce and familiarize students with the basic concepts and tools of health economic evaluation.  
2. Provide students with the core knowledge and necessary to be able to critically evaluate a published report on a health economic evaluation.  
3. Provide students with an appreciation of the role of health economic evaluation in the process of allocating scarce health care resources.


  • Class Participation 20%
  • Assignments 40%
  • Final Project 40%


Explanation of Grades:
A+ = (90% and up) Excellent performance. Work and learning exemplifying the highest quality possible.  
A = (80-89%) Superior performance in all elements of the course. Unquestionably prepared for subsequent courses in field.  
B+= (75-79%) Good. High quality performance in all or most elements of the course.  Very good chance of success in subsequent courses.  
B = (70-74%) Good. High quality performance in some of the course; satisfactory in others. Good chance of success in subsequent courses.  
C+ = (65-69%) Satisfactory performance in most of the course, with the remainder being somewhat substandard. Evidence of sufficient learning to succeed in subsequent courses, with effort.  
C = (60-64%) Evidence of some learning, but generally marginal performance. Marginal chance of success in subsequent courses.  
D = (50-59%) Poor. Minimal learning and low quality performance. Doubtful chance of success in subsequent courses.  
F = (under 50%) Failure. Complete absence of evidence of learning. Completely unprepared for subsequent courses.  

The Faculty of Health Sciences includes in our grading policies a few guidelines for expected grade distributions in its courses. Upper division (300- and 400-level) undergraduate courses should in general have no more than 8% A+’s, and the median letter grade should be a B/B+.  

FHS adheres to SFU Academic Honesty and Student Conduct policies. Students in this course are responsible for knowing these policies, at http://www.sfu.ca/policies/Students/. A tutorial on plagiarism is at http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/writing/plagiarism. If the instructor believes a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, he/she will submit a form reporting the matter to the SFU Registrar. In this course if you are found to have cheated (whether plagiarism or another type) you will be given a zero for that test or assignment.


Prerequisite:  Completion of 60 units including HSCI 130.



Required and optional readings to be provided via Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html