PUB HLTH 4147 - Health Technology Assessment
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 4147 Course Health Technology Assessment Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 1 week intensive Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Restrictions Available to HHLTH and HMEDS students only Course Description This course takes a broad view of the impact of health technologies on population & individual health. Health technologies can include medical procedures, medical devices, diagnostic and investigative technologies, pharmaceuticals & public health interventions. Emphasis is placed on the methods used to assess these health technologies in order to inform government policy, clinical and public health practice. Methods include the systematic review of literature to assess the safety & effectiveness of a technology, as well as economic evaluation to determine whether a technology is cost-effective. Attention is also given to the diffusion of technological innovations within their social, cultural & ethical context; to horizon scanning for new & emerging technologies; & to investment in, & disinvestment from, health technologies. The course has a strong practical focus and is taught by practitioners in the field.
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Describe and critically appraise the conduct of health technology assessment (HTA), in particular the use of systematic literature review and economic modelling, to inform the development of health policy 2 Understand the policy framework for HTA in Australia and internationally 3 Undertake basic systematic searching for evidence on a health technology 4 Critically appraise the quality of evidence supporting a health technology 5 Recognise the range of approaches used in HTA to conduct an economic evaluation 6 Recognise the role of ethical analysis and the use of deliberative methods for community and patient engagement in HTA 7 Understand the complex issues associated with evaluating diagnostic tests in an HTA 8 Interpret a meta-analysis and apply meta-analytic statistical techniques
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-8 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 5, 7, 8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-8 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-8 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 5, 6
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Specific Course Requirements
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Assessment Related Requirements
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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