Health Economics in Clinical Research Course

03 – 05 May 2018, University of Antwerp, Campus Drie Eiken, Room O2

Health economics evidence is a key element in much health services research and particularly in health policy decisions. Identifying economic evidence to inform decision-makers can involve searches in a range of databases and using a variety of strategies. However, it can also involve embedding health economic evaluations in clinical trial studies.

If you want your research not only to provide evidence for efficient evidence-based health care, but also provide economic evidence for public health decision-making, it is imperative to include health economic evaluations in your research projects.

This course is a 2.5-day course for health professionals and health researchers who want to understand the basics of health economics and its relevance to the health service.
It will include key guidelines for health economic evaluations and a ‘jargon buster’ session on the basics of health economics and economic models. Furthermore, it will cover the concept of ‘cost of illness’ studies. There will be opportunities for hands-on practice.

An international group of renowned experts will guide you through the basics of health economics to enable you to conduct cost-effectiveness analyses in your next clinical trial. This can help increase your scientific output and adds weight to your research for health policy decisions.



DAY 1: Thursday 3-05-2018

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome & introduction
09:15 – 10:45 Session 1 Health care reform: why and how? (Lieven Annemans)
10:45 – 11:00 coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Session 2 Value of health economics in the
decision process (Diana De Graeve)
12:30 – 13:30 lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Session 3 Important principles for health
economic evaluation studies part 1 (Koen Putman)
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 17:00 Session 4 Workshop - Decision-analytic modelling  part 2 (Nick Verhaeghe)

DAY 2: Friday 4-05-2018

09:00– 10:30 Session 5 Dealing with uncertainty in health
economic evaluation studies (Joke Bilcke)
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:00 Session 6 “Real world” examples from
infectious diseases (Philippe Beutels)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:30 Session 7 Applying methods for health
economic evaluation studies (Judith Lupatsch)
14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break
14:45 – 16:15 Session 8 Calculating cost of illness (Judith Lupatsch)

DAY 3: Saturday 5-05-2018

09:00 – 10:15 Session 9 “Real world” examples from
physiotherapy and rehabilitation sciences (Jan Taeymans)
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 12:00 Session 10 Workshop - designing a COI and
HEE study protocol
12:00 Course ends


  • Prof. dr. Philippe Beutels, Centre for Health Economics Research & Modelling Infectious Diseases(CHERMID); University of Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Prof. dr. Joke Bilcke, Centre for Health Economics Research & Modelling Infectious Diseases(CHERMID); University of Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Prof. dr. Diana De Graeve, Faculty of Applied Economics, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Prof. dr. Jan Taeymans, Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)
  • Dr. Judith Lupatsch, University of Basel (Switzerland)
  • Prof. dr. Nick Verhaeghe, Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Prof. dr. Lieven Annemans, Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Prof. dr. Koen Putman, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)


Bern University of Applied Sciences 

Universiteit Gent


Universitaire Medische Campus Antwerpen - UMCA