Applications now open for NIHR ARC North Thames 'Economic Evaluation Online' introductory course

01 Nov 2021

Applications for our 'Economic Evaluation Online' introductory course are now open for the September/October cohort. In response to the needs of health and care professionals working across our region and beyond, we are offering this flexible online course, providing a unique opportunity to develop economic evaluation skills with leading trainers, irrespective of previous experience.

The course is intended for frontline staff in health, social care and local government organisations, who have limited experience of conducting economic evaluations and generating evidence to inform decision-making.

It will provide you with the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge you need to undertake your own initial economic evaluation of a local intervention or service, and appraise other evaluations and the evidence they generate.

There are very few introductory courses for carrying out economic evaluations of services and innovations, and so we have developed this course to meet the growing training needs of the health and care community. 

The course opens on 1st November and is fully flexible and self-paced over a six week period. We expect that on average participants will require a total of 12 hours across the six weeks (1st November - 10th December) to complete the course. 

To best support our partners during this challenging time, we will be offering 30 free places to members of any organisation partnered with NIHR ARC North Thames, NIHR ARC South West Peninsula (PenARC) and NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber (YHARC). The cost to members of non-partner organisations is £150, this fee is also applicable to members of partner organisations if the free places have already been filled.

Complete the form to apply for the Economic Evaluation Online introductory course. Applications close on Sunday 10th October 2021

We intend to limit the size of this cohort to 50 places. As demand is expected to be high, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

What will the course cover?

The course will: 

  • Introduce the principles of economic evaluation methods
  • Explain how to assess the costs of an intervention/service
  • Explain how to measure and value outcomes of an intervention/service
  • Give practical examples of economic evaluations and the tools to critically appraise evaluations
  • Help to understand how economic evaluation is used in decision making
  • Provide an opportunity for consultation about your specific evaluation plans


Who is the course for? 

This course is tailored for frontline staff from NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who need to evaluate local programmes or services from an economic perspective as part of their work. It is not aimed at academics or researchers.

No previous knowledge of economics is required (or experience of study design and statistics), however an interest in economics and being comfortable with numbers is advantageous.

We invite applications from individuals who are carrying out or soon will need to carry out an economic evaluation of a service or intervention. Opportunities for one-to-one consultation about your evaluation plans will be included as part of this course.

As an introductory level course, Economic Evaluation Online is an excellent primer for more advanced courses of study. We have included these links at the end of this page. 

How long is the course?

The course opens on 1 November and is fully flexible and self-paced over a six week period. We expect that on average participants will require a total of 12 hours across the six weeks (1 November - 10 December) to complete the course. Participants will receive a certificate of completion if they complete at least 80% of the course activities, which can be exchanged for CPD credits.

Book your place

Submit an application to apply for the Economic Evaluation Online course

Applications will close on Sunday 10th October 2021. Successful applicants will be notified the week starting 11th October.

Contact us 

If you have a query or require more information, please email


Advanced courses in Economic Evaluation available:

NIHR ARC Southwest Peninsula
Health Service Modelling Associates Programme (HSMA)

Nuffield Department of Population Health
Introduction to Health Economic Evaluation

University of York
Short courses in Health Economics