Health economics and statistical training

Health Economics and Statistical Training


Health Economics and Health Policy Courses

We will offer a health economics course at graduate level from 2016 onwards. The course will occur in the second semester.

In 2018 we will also offer a health policy course with a more applied and less theoretical focus.


Bi-annual Stata Masterclasses

In many respects our analytical comparative advantage is in terms of experience and expertise with the analysis of survey data. Related to this, we host statistical masterclasses in Stata twice a year, which we often open to outside researchers to share our learning and help to invest in building analytical capacity in health research in South Africa.


ERSA and Imperial College Cost Effectiveness Analysis Training 2014

Universal coverage requires ‘evidence-based’ decisions on which healthcare interventions and technologies should be included (or excluded) from the package of services offered. It is important to use empirical analysis to decide what kind of programmes are effective, for whom, in what circumstance and under what cost. Therefore, the symposium will be followed by a training workshop introducing participants to the basic tools of economic evaluations of healthcare technologies and health policies.

The workshop will be led by Katharina Hauck and Ranjeeta Thomas from Imperial College. The first part of this course will focus on a theoretical and practical understanding of impact evaluation approaches along with careful review of resulting evidence.  The second part will look at programme evaluation through cost-effectiveness analyses focussing on measuring and modelling outcomes and costs across interventions. To illustrate these tools and issues, they will refer to their recent experiences with the assessment of HIV/AIDS treatment in Khayelitsha.

For the full workshop programme please click here.

Training workshop presentations are available here:

Lecture Health Economics 1 – Hauck

Lecture Health Economics 2 – Hauck

Lecture Health Economics 3 – Hauck

Lecture 3 Economic Evaluation exercise

Lecture 3 Economic Evaluation exercise solution

Lecture 3 Economic Evaluation exercise solution sensitivity analysis


ERSA and World Bank Health Equity Training 2011

This course provides an introduction to quantitative methods used in health economics to measure equity and financial protection in the health sector. The first part includes analyses of inequality and inequity in health outcomes and healthcare utilization, including the concentration curve and concentration index, and benefit-incidence analysis. The second part deals with equity in health financing, including financial protection from catastrophic and/or impoverishing health payments, and the analysis of the progressivity of healthcare financing. Techniques are illustrated through examples from major household surveys, such as the Living Standards and Measurement Surveys (LSMS), Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and World Health Surveys (WHS). All the analyses can be conducted using ADePT, a free software platform developed by the World Bank. Demonstrations of how to perform these analyses in ADePT are an important component of the course. Presenters: Adam Wagstaff, Research Manager, World Bank Caryn Bredenkamp, Health Economist, World Bank.

For the full programme of the workshop, please click here.