York Summer Workshops in
Health Economic Evaluation

Registration for summer 2018 workshops opens on Monday 4 December 2017 

Successful for over 20 years, and fully subscribed to in 2017, the York Summer Workshops are aimed at those involved in initiating, undertaking, managing or interpreting economic evaluations or quality of life assessments of medicines and other technologies within pharmaceutical and medical device companies, clinical and health services research and health care decision-making organisations. 

Our workshops attract employees from industry organisations including AstraZeneca, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, MSD, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi, and Servier, as well as public sector University, Government and Hospital employees from around the world. These diverse backgrounds enhance the world-renowned expert teaching that is experienced by our delegates at York, by also being able to share their own contexts with each other.      


‌‌We offer three York Summer Workshops:

Decision-makers' demands for information on the cost-effectiveness of health technologies have become more extensive and more sophisticated. At least seven European countries and several managed care groups in the USA now require formal submissions of economic data as part of the reimbursement process for medicines. 

Economic evaluation is also increasingly used internationally to support decisions in areas including public health and vaccines. To keep pace with these constantly changing developments, the York Summer Workshops programme is updated frequently to ensure its continued competitive edge in delivering the most contemporary health economic evaluation training to its participants.


To inform and promote understanding in key areas of quality of life assessment and health economic evaluation and to learn how to:

  • decide whether a particular evaluation is necessary
  • choose a particular methodology
  • identify the data required and appropriate instruments for data collection
  • undertake appropriate analysis
  • communicate the results effectively

If you are uncertain about whether the Foundations or Advanced Workshop would be more suitable for you, please refer to our self-assessment questionnaire to test your basic knowledge of economic evaluation methods, at: Foundations or Advanced Workshop? (PDF  , 466kb).

2018 York Summer Workshops flyer

Delegate group photos

  • Group photographs of our 2017 delegates are available to view in our photo gallery.


Foundations of Economic Evaluation in Health Care

The 5-day 'Foundations' Workshop includes comprehensive coverage of all key issues in the methods and practice of economic evaluation. It is designed for those, new to the field, wishing to appreciate and appraise studies done by others, or requiring a foundation for more advanced study. It includes discussion of the main design features of studies, such as costing methods, health state preference valuation, integrating economic analysis with clinical trials and modelling approaches. Also, given the increasing demands for studies by health care decision makers, such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, there is in-depth discussion of official requirements and the perspectives of decision makers. The wide range of countries and work backgrounds represented among the participants provides an opportunity to learn from a wide range of experiences.

The majority of the lectures are given by Professor Michael Drummond and Professor Mark Sculpher. In addition there are a number of tutored practical group exercises, which provide the opportunity to learn by ‘doing’. The Foundations Workshop fee includes a complimentary copy of the brand new 4th edition of the best-selling textbook  ‘Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes’ by Michael Drummond, Mark Sculpher and others.

Programme (may be subject to change)

Day 1

  • 8.45am - 9.30am: Workshop registration
  • 9.30am - 12.30pm:
    • Introduction to the basic methods of economic evaluation
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm - 5.00pm: 
    • Theoretical foundations of economic evaluation
    • Guidelines for the conduct of economic evaluation
    • Exercise: Critical appraisal  
  •  Evening Social Event: Welcome Reception

Day 2

  • 9.00am - 12.30pm:
    • Identifying and measuring costs in economic evaluations
    • Exercise: Costing alternative radiotherapy treatments
    • Discounting future costs
    • Measuring and valuing benefits in economic evaluations
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm - 5.00pm:
    • Utilities, quality-adjusted life-years and willingness-to-pay
    • Exercise: Utility measurement
    • Equity, QALYs and social value

Day 3

  • 9.00am - 12.30pm:
    • Trial based economic evaluations
    • Statistical considerations in the analysis of individual patient data
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm - 5.00pm:
    • Exercise: Analysis of individual patient data in a clinical trial

Day 4

  • 9.00am - 12.30pm:
    • Purpose and principles of decision analysis
    • Decision trees
    • Exercise: Modelling critical appraisal
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm - 5.00pm:
    • Markov models in economic evaluation
    • Exercise:  Developing a Markov model
  • Evening Social Event: Course Dinner

Day 5

  • 9.00am - 12.00pm:
    • Using economic evaluation for pricing and reimbursement decisions
    • Exercise: Formulary committee: How to get your drug listed
  • 12.00pm -1.00pm: Panel discussion
  • 1.00pm: Lunch and Workshop close

Refreshment times:

  • Mornings: 10.30 - 11.00am
  • Afternoons: 3.00 - 3.30pm (with the exception of Day 5)


Advanced Methods for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Meeting Decision-Makers' Requirements

The 5-day 'Advanced' Workshop deals with advanced methods in cost-effectiveness analysis for pharmaceuticals and other health care technologies. It is structured around the analytical steps required to develop economic analyses to inform decision makers such as reimbursement agencies, hospital managers and formulary committees. Although many examples relate to medical technologies (e.g. drugs, devices and diagnostics), the principles extend to other types of intervention like public health. Recent developments in the field are covered, including those relating to evidence synthesis, uncertainty and value of information analysis. In addition to presentations, the workshop includes a series of exercises focusing on the development and analysis of a decision model, and includes computer-based work.

In order to get the most out of the Advanced Workshop, participants should be familiar with Drummond et al. Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, Oxford: OUP, 4th Edition, 2015, and ensure they are familiar with the main functions of Excel(R).

The Faculty and tutors come from the Team for Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York. 

Programme (may be subject to change)

Day 1

  • 8.45am - 9.30am: Workshop Registration
  • 9.30am - 9.45am: Introductions and preliminaries
  • 9.45am - 10.30am: Economic Evaluation and Policy
    • Methods guidelines
    • International policy and economic evaluation
    • Course outline
  • 10.30am - 11.30am: Analytical Starting Points
    • Analytical requirements for decision making
    • Defining decision problems
    • Scoping analyses
    • Decision rules
    • Modelling vs. patient-level data analysis
  • 11.30am - 12.30pm: Exercise - Decision Rules
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm: Structuring Decision Problems
    • Different types of models
    • Modelling from trials
    • Selecting models
    • Extrapolation
  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm: Refreshments
  • 3.30pm - 5.00pm: Guest presentation by Meindert Boysen, Programme Director, Technology Appraisals at NICE
  • Evening Social Event: Welcome Reception

Day 2

  • 9.00am - 10.00am: Exercise - Structuring Decision Models
  • 10.00am - 10.30am: Refreshments
  • 10.30am - 12.00 noon: Populating Decision Models: Effectiveness Evidence
    • Different types of evidence
    • Meta-analysis
    • Meta-regression
    • Indirect comparison and network meta-analysis
  • 12.00 noon - 12.45pm: Exercise - Evidence Synthesis  
  • 12.45pm - 1.45pm: Lunch
  • 1.45pm - 2.45pm: Populating Decision Models: Measurement and Valuation of Health Outcomes
    • Types of outcome measures
    • Deriving utilities
    • Data sources
    • Methods controversies
  • 2.45pm - 3.45pm: Populating Models – Costs
    • Types of costs
    • Sources of data
    • Discounting
    • Methods controversies
  • 3.45pm - 4.15pm: Refreshments
  • 4.15pm - 5.15pm: Exercise - Assembling Cost and Outcome Data

Day 3

  • 9.00am - 10.15am: Economic Evaluation of Diagnostic Tests
  • 10.15am - 11.00am: Exercise - Evaluation of Diagnostics
  • 11.00am - 11.30am: Refreshments
  • 11.30am - 1.00pm: Dealing with Uncertainty in Decision Models
    • Analysis of models
    • Sensitivity analysis
    • Sub-group analysis
    • Probabilistic analysis
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm: Lunch
  • 2.00pm - 3.00pm: Exercise - Probabilistic Sensitivity Analysis
  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm: Refreshments
  • 3.30pm - 5.15pm: Exercise - Building and Analysing a Decision Model

Day 4

  • 9.00am - 10.45am: Making Decisions
    • Interpreting economic evidence
    • Reflecting uncertainty in decisions
    • Value of perfect information
  • 10.45am - 11.15am: Refreshments
  • 11.15am - 12.15pm: The UTI Case-Study: Full Probabilistic Analysis and Value of Information
  • 12.15pm - 1.15pm: Lunch
  • 1.15pm - 2.45pm: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Patient-Level Data Alongside RCTs: Part I
    • Using sample data
    • Presenting uncertainty
  • 2.45pm - 3.15pm: Refreshments
  • 3.15pm - 4.45pm: Exercise - Analysing and Reporting Trial-Based Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Results 
  • Evening Social Event:  Course Dinner

Day 5

  • 9.00am - 9.30am: Solutions and discussion of Exercise - Analysis and Reporting Trial-Based Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Results  
  • 9.30am - 10.30am: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Patient-Level Data Alongside RCTs: Part II
    • Multi-variable analysis
    • Sub-group analysis
    • Multi-level models
  • 10.30am - 11.00am: Refreshments
  • 11.00am - 12.00 noon: Understanding Heterogeneity in Economic Evaluation: Sub-Groups of Patients and Jurisdictions
  • 12.00 noon - 12.30pm: Bringing things together and panel discussion
  • 12.30pm:  Lunch and Workshop close


Outcomes Measurement and Valuation for Health Technology Assessment 

Revised and updated in 2014, the 3-day 'Outcomes' workshop includes new material linked directly to the needs of organisations, such as the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which make decisions about health care delivery and funding. The workshop covers the key principles of outcomes measurement and valuation as well as their practical implementation in health technology assessment. It focusses on the design, construction and application of a range of approaches to measuring and valuing health outcomes. The approaches considered include methods used in healthcare economic evaluation, such as quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) based on preference-based generic measures (e.g. EQ-5D, HUI); approaches used to ‘map’ from clinical and disease-specific outcomes to generic measures; and direct elicitation of preferences. The use of discrete choice experiments and subjective wellbeing is also considered. This workshop assumes participants have a basic familiarity with health technology assessment (HTA) and focusses on the role and utilisation of outcomes in HTA for decision making.

The workshop delivers a mixture of lectures and hands-on exercises. The majority of lectures will be delivered by Professor Andrea Manca, Professor Mark Sculpher, and Dr Andrew Lloyd. Tutors will also be available to support participants during the exercises.

Programme (may be subject to change)

Day 1

  • 8.45am - 9.30am: Workshop Registration
  • 9.30am - 9.45am: Welcome and Introductions
  • 9.45am - 10.30am: Outcome Measurement in HTA and Policy
    • What is HTA
    • Health, preferences, utility
    • Classifying outcome measures
    • Outcomes for economic evaluation
    • Wider use of outcomes in HTA
    • Course overview
  • 10.30am - 11.00am: Refreshments
  • 11.00am - 12.30pm: Outcome Measurement and Value Assessment
    • Key elements of value assessment
    • International perspectives on outcomes and value
    • Relevant clinical endpoints
    • Why a generic measure?
    • Basics of the QALY and the DALY
    • Challenges and alternatives to the QALY
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm - 2.30pm: Exercise – Calculating a QALY
  • 2.30pm - 3.30pm: Valuing Outcomes for QALYs
    • Whose preferences?
    • Non choice methods
    • Choice-based methods
  • 3.30pm - 3.45pm: Refreshments
  • 3.45pm - 4.45pm: Exercise - Valuation Methods
  • 4.45pm - 6.00pm: Special Guest Speaker: Professor Mike Drummond, CHE, University of York: 'International Variation in Approaches to Outcome Assessment: Can we Explain it?'
  • Evening Social Event: Welcome Buffet and Reception at Le Langhe, York city centre 

Day 2

  • 9.00am - 10.30am: Standardised Measures of Health
    • Disease specific instruments
    • Role of vignettes
    • Generic instruments
    • Preference-based instruments
    • Examples of main instruments (e.g. EQ5D, EQ5D 5L)
    • Methods used to derive preference sets
    • Uses in HTA: QALYs, routine measurement, etc
  • 10.30am - 11.00am: Refreshments
  • 11.00am - 12.30pm: Exercise – Measurement
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm: Statistical Approaches to the Analysis of Outcome Measures for HTA
    • Analysis of HRQoL data in clinical studies
    • Mapping – rationale and methods
    • What if outcome measures for HTA are not available?
  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm: Refreshments
  • 3.30pm - 5.00pm: Exercise – Mapping

Day 3

  • 9.00am - 10.30am: Recent ISPOR Guidance on the Collection and Analysis of Quality of Life Data
    • Collecting health-state utility values for economic models in clinical studies
    • Mapping to estimate utility values
  • 10.30am - 11.00am: Refreshments
  • 11.00am - 12.30pm: Short Sessions on Recent Developments in the Fields
    • Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) – guiding policy through routine data collection
    • Recent developments in EQ-5D
    • Systematic review and synthesis of quality of life estimates
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm: Exercise - Developing an Outcomes Strategy
    • Taking a new intervention in a specific clinical area
    • Consider a range of outcome measures
    • Design alternative study designs
    • Multiple stakeholder perspectives
  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm: Questions and Answers session
  • 3.30pm: Workshop close with Refreshments


Workshop Registration Fees  

All our fees apply to 
organisations worldwide and are UK VAT exempt (i.e. VAT is not payable)                             
Standard fee 

Early booking fee (pre 30 March 2018) 

Public sector
discounted fee 

Foundations Workshop £2680.00 £2560.00 £1950.00
Advanced Workshop £2680.00 £2560.00 £1950.00
Outcomes Workshop £1700.00 £1630.00


Registration fees include tuition (and supportive guidance throughout practical exercises), course materials, lunch and refreshments at the workshop venue, social events (Welcome Reception and/or Course Dinner).  Registration fees do not include accommodation

We offer an early booking discount for commercial sector registrations received before 30 March 2018.

We offer a public sector discounted rate which applies to not-for-profit organisations (e.g. universities, charities, hospitals), government agencies and other public bodies worldwide.  This discounted rate also applies to students (although please note that our short training workshops do not carry any formal CPD (continuing professional development) accreditation, but all delegates are presented with a certificate of completion).   

Places on all workshops are available to book from Monday 4 December 2017 right up until Friday 8 June 2018, although it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

Register online here

Online Registration - opens on Monday 4 December 2017

2018 York Summer Workshops dates are now showing on this web site.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list to be among the first to receive notification of when online registration opens on 4 December 2017, please email irss82@york.ac.uk 

  • We regret that we cannot accept registrations or reserve places if you have not secured the appropriate funding from your organisation, so please ensure you have any funding officially confirmed before you proceed to register on these workshops.
  • If applicable, you are responsible for allowing yourself ample time to apply for any visas you may require to enter the UK, in case of any delays in getting them processed.

You can register online by Credit/Debit Card for instant payment and a guaranteed secured place on your chosen workshop, via the
University of York online payment store (please note the University of York does not accept American Express cards)

If you or your organisation are not able to pay by credit/debit card, the University of York could raise an Invoice if you complete an
Invoice registration form - but you must supply your organisation's full and official purchase order details before the University will raise an Invoice. Please be aware that the entire invoicing process can take several weeks and that your workshop place remains provisional until final payment is received by the University of York - we have the right to remove your provisional workshop place if payment is not completed by the time the workshops take place.  

Places on all workshops are available to book from Monday 6 November 2017 right up until Friday 8 June 2018, although you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.


Registration fees are payable in advance of the workshop dates.  We offer an early booking discount (for commercial sector registrations received before 30 March 2018) as well as a public sector discounted rate, which applies to organisations worldwide.  Registration fees are fully inclusive of tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments at the workshop venue, social events (Welcome Reception and/or Course Dinner), but do not include accommodation.

All our fees apply to 
organisations worldwide and are UK VAT exempt (i.e. VAT is not payable)                             
Standard fee 

Early booking fee (pre 30 March 2018) 

Public sector
discounted fee 

Foundations Workshop £2680.00 £2560.00 £1950.00
Advanced Workshop £2680.00 £2560.00 £1950.00
Outcomes Workshop £1700.00 £1630.00


Cancellations and alterations

A full refund of course fees (less a 10% administrative charge) will be made for cancellations received in writing at least one month prior to each workshop. Substitutes can be made but please email new delegate details when known to Vanessa KingCancellations made less than one month prior to each workshop are not refundable.

In the unlikely event that, due to unforeseen circumstances, any of the workshops have to be cancelled by the University of York, our liability is limited to a refund of paid workshop fees only. We recommend that delegates have adequate insurance cover to claim any travel or personal expenses.

York Summer Workshops venue

The 4-star Principal York Hotel
Station Road, York, YO24 1AA, UK.

The stunning Principal York Hotel workshops' venue is conveniently located directly next to York railway station. Newly refurbished and restored to its former splendour, this luxury hotel was voted 'Hotel of the Year' and 'Conference Venue of the Year' at the 2016 Visit York Tourism Awards.


Accommodation fees are additional to the registration fee and delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation and arranging payment directly with the hotel of their choice.

For delegates seeking other accommodation options, there are numerous hotel establishments within easy walking distance of The Principal York Hotel. Once delegates complete and return their online Registration Forms to the Workshops Coordinator, they will be emailed a formal letter of provisional confirmation, including information and guidance on booking accommodation in York. This accommodation information is also accessible at: YSW Accommodation Information 2018 (PDF  , 1,512kb)

Who to contact

2018 Workshop Dates

  • Foundations Workshop
    18 - 22 June 2018
  • Advanced Workshop
    25 - 29 June 2018
  • Outcomes Workshop
    2 - 4 July 2018

‌‌2018 Workshops Flyer

Please note that all registration fees are VAT exempt.

CHE Short Courses in Health Economics brochure 2018 (PDF  , 1,355kb)