Public Health, Versorgungsforschung und HTA

Modeling Approaches for HTA: A Practical Hands-on Workshop

HTADS - Program on Health Technology Assessment &
Decision Sciences

3-Day Certified University Course
5 - 7 February 2020
UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology

Decision trees - Markov models - Microsimulation models
Discrete event simulation models - Infectious disease models


The course is aimed at members of:

  • Healthcare & health policy organizations, national HTA Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical & medical device industry
  • Academia and research institutions
  • Health insurances/sickness funds
  • Consultancy organizations
Course Language is English
Course Description

There are a number of other modeling courses focusing on either theory or only selected modeling approaches. In contrast, our course combines theoretical concepts with practical hands-on exercises comprising five different modeling techniques applied in Public Health and HTA. We will use four different software packages depending on the modeling area. Real world
case examples from different acute and chronic diseases will be discussed.


[Registration 08:00-09:00]
  • Modeling overview and taxonomy
  • Decision trees, state-transition models (Markov models) and partitioned survival models
  • Handling uncertainty and variability
  • Microsimulation models
  • Discrete event simulation models
  • Handling individual behavior and waiting lines
  • Infectious disease models
  • Handling dynamic transmissions and herd immunity
  • Other modeling approaches (e.g., agent-based models, system dynamics models, causal inference models, biologic systems models)

[End of Course 17:00]
Optional: Course Examination 17:30 - 18:30



Course Director, Course Coordinator, Lecturer
Beate Jahn, PhD

Assistant Professor, Senior Scientist, Dept. of Public Health, Health Services Research and HTA, UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics & Technology, Austria

Course Director, Lecturer
Ron Goeree, MA

Professor Emeritus, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Canada
Goeree Consulting Limited, Canada

Course Director, Lecturer
Uwe Siebert, MD, MPH, MSc, ScD

President of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM), Professor of Public Health (UMIT), Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management (Harvard University)
Chair, Dept. of Public Health, Health Services Research and HTA, UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics & Technology, Austria

Mirjam Kretzschmar, PhD

Chief Science Officer Mathematical Disease Modeling,      

National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands; Professor in Dynamics of Infectious Diseases, Julius Centre for Health Sciences & Primary Care, University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands

Course Co-Coordinator
Igor Stojkov, MPharm
Junior Scientist, Dept. of Public Health, Health Services Research and HTA, UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics & Technology, Austria  

Certificates will be provided to all participants after the course. For those who are interested in a graded course performance record, we are offering a course examination subsequent to the Modeling Workshop. The exam is designed to evaluate the understanding of the basic modeling concepts and is administered on the last day of the course. The exam is a closed-book test mainly consisting of multiple-choice answers, short calculations or open text questions, which are drawn from the major topic areas of the course. Further information regarding the examination and enrollment will be provided after registration.





Registration fees

Course fee (public/academic sector): Euro 1950
Early booking fee until 15 November 2019: Euro 1550
Course fee (commercial/private sector): Euro 3850
Early booking fee until 15 November 2019: Euro 2850

VAT is not payable.

Course fees include a comprehensive syllabus, an extensive binder with background reading material, course certificate, snacks and lunch, but not accommodation.


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Alumni – Save 20%
UMIT Alumni or if you have previously participated in a Continuing Education Program Course on HTADS, you are eligible for a discount on this course.

Method of Payment

Payment must be made by bank transfer. After registration, participants will be provided with the payment details via e-mail.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund of course fees (less 15% administrative charges) will be made for cancellations received in writing at least one month prior to the workshop. Substitutes can be made but please email new delegates details when known. Cancellations made less than one month prior to the course are non-refundable/non-changeable.
In the unlikely event that, due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment, the course has to be cancelled by the UMIT, our liability is limited to refund of course fees only. We recommend that delegates have adequate insurance cover to claim any travel or personal expenses.


There are a number of hotels near the campus. Reservations should be made when you receive your registration and payment confirmation. We have made special arrangements with hotels near the course location. After registration, you will receive more details regarding accommodation via e-mail.

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