Workshop on Introduction to Health Technology Assessment

Objectives: This introductory course covers the key element and methods of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and combines lectures, discussions, case studies, group exercises, and hands on computer lab sessions.

Descriptions: By the end of the course, participants will be familiar with

  • HTA principles and practice
  • Introduction to Economic Evolution
  • Systematic review and Economic Evidence
  • Critical appraisal of studies
  • Costing/Cost of illness
  • Decision Analytic Modeling (+ Computer Tutorial)
  • HTA Examples from Around the world

The workshop will consist of presentations, demonstrations, group work and discussions. Group work will include hand-on exercise on search strategies, critical appraisal and modeling using MS-Excel. Participants should bring their own laptops for exercise during the workshop. 

Course Pre-requisites: This is an introductory course, there are no pre-requisites.
Course documentation: Certificate will be provided to all participants at the end of the course.

Who can attend?
Academic faculty, Researchers, PhD/MPhil students in Medical/Health Science and Public Health

The general aim of this workshop is;

  • To introduce the basic and fundamental aspects of the main techniques and instruments used in the economic evaluation of public health interventions, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals.
  • To familiarize with some recent advances in the use of techniques and instruments for the economic evaluation of public health interventions, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals and apply them to a number of case studies.
  • To provide practical skills, abilities and concepts of decision analysis and modeling techniques of decision analysis and Markov models that compare healthcare programmes, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals.
  • To introduce the concepts of critical appraisal and research protocol of economic evaluation studies.


8.30-9.00: Registration







Day 1

Introduction to HTA - What is Health Technology; Relevance and need for HTA; Environment for requirement of HTA

HTA in India; Examples of HTA (NICE, SBU, HITAP, HTAIn)



Evidence Synthesis in HTA (PICO strategy)



Introduction to Economic Evaluation



Introduction to Economic Modelling


End of day quiz

Day 2

Measuring and valuing health



Search Strategy

Group Exercise

(Denny & Paul)

Introduction to Meta-Analysis, Addressing Heterogeneity



Critical appraisal and grading clinical effectiveness and EE evidence (CHEERS, GRADE)

Group Exercise

 (Richard & Denny)

End of day quiz

Day 3

Discounting, Sensitivity Analysis, Tornado Diagrams



Cost of illness, Costing exercise

Group exercise


MS Excel demonstration
Group exercise


Writing protocols for HTA

End of day quiz, Workshop feedback, Photo, certificates

Tea Break: 10:30- 11:00, Lunch Break: 12.30-1.30, Tea Break: 3.00-3.30

At the end of the module the participant will be able to

1.    Define health technology and health technology assessment

2.    Explain relevance, need and use of health technology assessment

3.    Describe steps of doing an HTA and apply HTA in different scenarios

4.    Access resources to HTA

5.    List organization at international level working in HTA.

About the resource persons:

Denny John is an Evidence Synthesis Specialist at the Campbell Collaboration, New Delhi. He is a trained physical therapist with higher qualifications in healthcare management and public health.  He has delivered over 25 workshops in India, Nepal, Ghana, and Scotland attended by over 600 students and professionals on systematic reviews, economic evidence and health technology assessment. He has published systematic reviews in 3ie, Cochrane, Campbell, JBI and peer-review journals in field of public health and social development. He has conducted health economic modeling of glaucoma screening, and decentralized care for MDR-TB, and cost-effectiveness analysis alongside clinical trials and case-control studies. He is a Review Advisor, WHO Snakebite Envenoming Working Group; Advisory Member, Disability Coordinating Group, Campbell Collaboration; and Co-Chair, Early Career Network, Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi). He is an Associate Editor with Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care (IJTAHC), and BMC Public Health journals. He is Co-Convener, Campbell and Cochrane Economic Methods Group (CCEMG).

Richard is the Biostatician at the Cochrane South Asia.  He is the author of many Interventional Systematic Reviews both Cochrane and non-Cochrane Systematic Reviews.

Jabez Paul Barnabas is the Information Specialist at the Cochrane South Asia.  He has unique skills in performing search strategies for authors performing Systematic Reviews.

Venue:   IRB Meeting Room, Christian Medical College, Bagayam,Vellore.

Duration: 3 days,  Apr 15th – 17th, 2019,  Monday to Wednesday,   9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Cost: INR 6000/- (Inclusive of GST)  per person for healthcare professionals from educational and healthcare institutes.

INR 10,000/- (Inclusive of GST) per person for industry sponsored participants.

Cancellation charges : In case of cancellation of registration,  25% of administrative charges will be deducted and the remaining alone will be refunded.

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While filling the online registration form, please submit the details of your NEFT transaction number.  NEFT Detailed pdf is attached with the registration form

Registration Clik here

Participants from CMC: Please transfer the registration fees to the Cochrane South Asia account number 22P145  and forward the copy of the letter sent to the Treasuer to


      The following are the suggested options for accommodation close to the workshop venue. Participants are requested to directly cotact these guest houses for further information and booking as per availability. 

     Anand Bhavan :  This is a private guest house, about 5 minutes' walk from the workshop venue. For booking enquiries, please contact Ms Desmond @ +919894065469 or via email at  Based on room availability, you might be required to make advance payment of the booking charges (INR 500 Per day) to Ms. Desmond’s Bank account.

VMS Lodge - 10 min walk from CMC Medical College, Mobile No :+91 9152797198

Other hotels @ Vellore

Darling Residency – 4 km from venue

khanna Fiesta - 4 km from venue

Hotel Surabhi International – 4 km from venue

Baby Residency – 4 km from venue

Hotel Palm tree – 6 km from venue

Hotel GRT Sameera – 10 km from venue

Hotel Benzpark - 10 km from venue

Vanavil Veedu - 5 Min walk from CMC Medical College

Two sharing rooms
Three sharing rooms
Four sharing rooms
A/C & Non A/C rooms available