PUB HLTH 4347 - Health Technology Assessment
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 4347 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 N Incompatible PUB HLTH 4347OL Restrictions Available to HHLTH and HMEDS students only Course Description This course takes a broad view of the impact of health technologies on the health of the population & individuals. Health technologies can include medical procedures, medical devices, diagnostic and investigative technologies, pharmaceuticals & public health interventions. In this course 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 meta-analysis, 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; addressing particular challenges with the assessment of medical tests; 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.
Course Coordinator: Professor Tracy MerlinTelephone: +61 8313 3575
Location: Level 9, AHMS Building
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Course Learning Outcomes1. 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 public 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-8 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 3-8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1, 4, 5, 6, 7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3, 5, 7, 8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2, 6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesDetails will be made available on MyUni.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Details will be made available on MyUni.
Learning Activities SummaryDetails will be made available on MyUni.
Specific Course RequirementsNone
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Quiz on interpreting diagnostic test accuracy Summative 10% 7 Quiz on pre-readings supporting Community Engagement topic Summative 10% 6 Oral presentation of critical appraisal (in small groups) Summative 20% 4 IntegratedHTA
Summative 60% 1-6, 8
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailDetails will be made available on MyUni.
SubmissionDetails will be made available on MyUni.
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M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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