Economics and Evaluation: Health Economics Foundations (HE-1)

Date: 25th October 2022, 13pm 

Economics and Evaluation: Health Economics Foundations

25th October 2022, 13pm 

In this virtual session, health economics expert Anna Buylova of the Health Economics Unit will lead attendees through a twohour interactive session which is an introductory session to economics and evaluation for a non-technical audience or for those who are interested in refreshing their knowledge. 

Learning Outcomes

This session provides background information as well as a basic understanding of the foundational concepts and methods of health economics. 

Attendees will leave with: 

  • An understanding of what health economics is and why it is needed 
  • An awareness of different health economic study types  
  • An understanding of the broad types of costs and benefits involved in health economic evaluation, and which are relevant based on study perspective 


You don’t need to have attended previous training sessions to understand this one

The session does not require prior knowledge of health economics and is targeted at a non-technical audience. This session is intended for those interested in an introduction to health economics for non-economists.  

This session serves as a building block for subsequent sessions. 

Look out for our other HE training sessions in the coming weeks.


This session is designed to give valuable insights for employees across the ICS, whether you’re analytical or not. There will be practicals, interactivity and useful examples, and plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.  


  • Rationale: why health economics?  
  • Health budgets versus spending  
  • Cost and benefit types 
  • Perspective: which costs and benefits are relevant? 
  • Introduction to types of health economic studies 
Anna Buylova

Anna Buylova Anna is a passionate health economist with over 10 years of experience in health economics. This includes decision modelling, methodologies of study design and conducting health economic evaluations across a range of diseases, settings and population groups, and measuring determinants of socio-economic inequality in access to healthcare services. She is particularly interested in emerging trends in statistical methodology and in making the most of NHS data to improve care for patients. 

Before joining the Health Economics Unit, Anna worked on the evaluation of innovative medical technologies (including digital health and artificial intelligence technologies) helping the NHS adopt efficient and cost-effective medical devices and diagnostics more rapidly and consistently. This included cost utility, cost consequence, cost-effectiveness (including building de novo Markov models) and budget impact models; as well as delivery of projects funded through NHS AI Lab and Healthcare awards. 

Reading Materials

  • No pre-reading is required for this foundation session 
  • For further reading on the role of health economics, study types, and perspectives please see Chapter 1 of Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, third edition (MF Drummond, 2015)


You don’t need to have attended previous training sessions to understand this one

This course is free and available to all those working in the Midlands Public Health and Social Care sector , e.g. NHS, Public Health, Local Authority, ICBs

2 hours

Online – delivered via Teams

Date: 25th October 2022, 13pm 

Registration closed

Please see further Health Economics sessions from the Health Economics Unit – available to book now!

For more information about this course, please contact:

Training & Development Operational Lead, Rachel Caswell