Heidelberg Health Economics Summer School 2019

Carl Bosch Auditorium (Heidelberg, Studio Villa Bosch)

Carl Bosch Auditorium

Heidelberg, Studio Villa Bosch

Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33, 69118 Heidelberg
Prof. Michael Schlander (DKFZ Health Economics)


The German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) Division of Health Economics, Hochschule Heilbronn and University of Heidelberg are delighted to invite you to the Heidelberg Health Economics Summer School 2019.

The Summer School will introduce basic concepts of health economics and address practical issues faced by health care decision makers responsible for allocating scarce resources. In health economics, tools, such as cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), are often used to inform decision makers. Conventionally, CEA is designed to help achieving the maximum potential health benefits given a resource constraint or "scarcity". Results of conventional CEAs may, however, contradict prevailing social norms and preferences. The Summer School will address the underlying issues by introducing and reviewing the basic concepts and methods, followed by a modeling workshop. Finally, the Summer School will end with two days of an in-depth review of the strengths and limitations of the conventional approaches, where the participants and speakers will be able to discuss implications, potential solutions, and ways forward.

The Summer School will be comprised of three modules that will offer a comprehensive overview of principles and methods, which build upon one another but may also be booked separately.





The first two days provides an introduction to the discipline of health economics. The first part of the seminar will present a broad understanding of the economics of health and health care and the bases of the analytical economics techniques that are normally apply to inform resource allocation decision and well as policy development in the health system. The seminar will cover key economic issues for the health system and uses economics techniques to understand how the health system operates.
This part of the Summer School will provide participants concerned with health care policy (e.g. payers, industry, policy makers, physicians, planners and others who are involved in different segments of the health care system) with an overview of the economics of health and health care. It will enable them to apply established analytical economic skills to problems of resource allocation in the health system.

After the first two days participants should be able to:

           understand and describe the principles of economic analysis in health care
           be familiarized with the concepts related to the identification, measure, valuation and analysis of health  outcomes and costs
           recognize the health economics techniques used to inform resource allocation and priority setting in the health system
           appreciate the role of economic evaluation in health care
           be able to identify the key elements relevant the organization of health care system (e.g. provision and funding)

Prof. Michael Schlander, DKFZ & University of Heidelberg. Germany.

Dr. Diego Hernandez Carreno, DKFZ. Heidelberg, Germany.

Dr. Karla Hernandez-Villafuerte, DKFZ. Heidelberg, Germany.

Dr. Tao Ran, DKFZ. Heidelberg, Germany.


Participants may also enroll for this module as a stand-alone subject.


The program will be based on a mix of introductory lecture presentations, interactive discussion sessions, and complementary case studies, practical exercises and simulations.

Workshop attendees will learn how to develop a simple yet expandable health-economic Markov model using typical spreadsheet software such as Excel.

Prof. Wendelin Schramm, GECKO Institut für Medizin, Informatik und Ökonomie, Hochschule Heilbronn. Germany

Dr. sc. hum. Monika Pobiruchin, GECKO Institut für Medizin, Informatik und Ökonomie, Hochschule Heilbronn. Germany.


Participants may also enroll for this module as a stand-alone subject.


Days 4 and 5 will be dedicated to an in-depth review of the strengths and limitations of the conventional logic of cost effectiveness, the need for broader or alternative concepts that capture citizens’ social norms and preferences, and the search for such alternatives, presenting and discussing the current state of the art in theory and practice. Potential implications for cost value assessments of orphan medicinal products, gene and CAR-T cell therapies, and “personalized medicine” will be addressed by a group of international experts in Health Technology Assessment, evidence-based medicine, health economics, and medical ethics.

Prof. Silvio Garattini, IRCCS – Istituto di Richerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri. Milan, Italy.

Prof. Sören Holm, University of Manchester (the UK) & University of Oslo (Norway).

Prof. Peter Kolominsky-Rabas, IZHP - Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für HTA und Public Health. Erlangen, Germany.

Prof. Maarten Postma, University of Groningen. The Netherlands.

Prof. Gérard de Pouvourville, ESSEC - École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciale. Paris, France.

Prof. Jeffrey Richardson, Monash University. Melbourne, Australia.

Prof. Michael Schlander, DKFZ & University of Heidelberg. Germany.


Participants may also enroll for this module as a stand-alone subject.


The target audience is anyone interested in the regulation of market access, pricing and reimbursement of medical technologies, especially:

Physicians and pharmacists

         in charge of hospitals or hospital departments

         involved (or interested) in health care policy-making

Academics and researchers

         in health economics research departments or institutions

         in HTA agencies

         involved in producing economic evaluation to inform policy-makers


        in provider units

        in payer organizations

        in the (bio)pharmaceutical, medical device, and related industries

        involved in making health care policy decisions


The Health Economics Summer School 2019 will be held at the Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg, nicely located in close proximity to the Heidelberg Castle and in easy reach from the historical Old Town. Starting in 1921, BASF erected for its CEO, Professor Carl Bosch, a spacious country mansion and ancillary buildings in the Schlierbach district of Heidelberg. Bosch was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1931, together with Friedrich Bergius. The mansion is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Heidelberg. The house is set in a small park on the slopes of the so called “Little Odenwald Forest” overlooking the river Neckar and within easy walking distance (15 minutes) of the famous Heidelberg Castle. It was placed on cultural heritage listings long ago; moreover, in 1997 it was added to the list of heritage buildings deserving special protection.

In 2001, the studio on the Villa Bosch compound was converted by Klaus Tschira into a modern conference center for scientific lectures, symposia, workshops, and educational courses. Visitors can now enter the building via the newly created street entrance on Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg. A light-flooded access and reception area, three conference halls featuring the latest in communication technology, and the stimulating combination of modern architecture and historical gardens create a unique ambience. Visitors are able to park in the garage beneath the “Bosch meadow” opposite the Villa Bosch. For directions please follow this link.










Address: Studio Villa Bosch, Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33, 69118 Heidelberg




 Full Program  (Modules A+B+C, 15% discount)             € 3,570
    Module A - Two days             € 1,200 
    Module B - One day             € 1,000
    Module C* - Two days             € 2,000

 Full Program  (Modules A+B+C, 15% discount)             € 2,500
    Module A - Two days             €    840
    Module B - One day             €    700
    Module C* - Two days             € 1,400

 Full Program  (Modules A+B+C, 15% discount)             € 1,250
    Module A - Two days             €    420
    Module B - One day             €    350
    Module C* - Two days             €    700

*For those participating in Module C, price includes the entrance to the Health Economics Summer School dinner (Thursday, July 4th 2019) 

The CONFERENCE registration includes:

      Access to the sessions

      Official participation certificate (one certificate per Module9

      Conference bag that includes

                program booklet

                conference proceedings (available for download on-site)

                practical exercises

      Refreshments during coffee breaks, buffet lunch during lunch break

For information on the DKFZ Health Economics division please visit our website.

For registration please use the form below. After your registration you will receive an invoice to your e-mail with payment instructions.

Important information for DKFZ employees:  the registration fee will be automatically deducted from your cost center budget. Therefore, please obtain the approval of the respective cost center responsible in advance.


The program could be subject to changes. Updated information on the conference and possible changes in the program will be communicated via the conference website


Registration HHESS 2019
    • 10:00 11:00
      Welcome Reception and Registration 1h
    • 11:00 11:30
      Module A: Introduction to Program & Objectives
    • 11:30 13:00
      Module A: International Health Care Systems: Organization, Financing, Performance
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch Break 1h
    • 14:00 15:30
      Module A: Fundamentals of Health Economics: Economics as a Way of Thinking
    • 15:30 16:30
      Module A: Group Exercise “The Kidney Machine” Allocation of Scarce Resources
    • 16:30 17:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 17:00 18:30
      Module A: Value and Valuation in Health Economics
    • 18:30 19:00
      Module A: Exercise “Preference Measurement” Applying and Comparing SG, TTO and VAS
    • 09:00 09:45
      Module A: Summary of Day 1
    • 09:45 11:00
      Module A: Costing in Theory & Practice
    • 11:00 11:30
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:30 12:30
      Module A: Group Exercise “Cost Analysis”
    • 12:30 13:00
      Module A: Good Scientific Practice for Costing Studies
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch Break 1h
    • 14:00 15:00
      Module A: Cost Benefit Analysis in Practice
    • 15:00 16:00
      Module A: Mini Case Study: Analyzing the Cost Effectiveness of a Cancer Screening Program
    • 16:00 16:30
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 16:30 18:30
      Module A: Economic Evaluation and HTA
    • 09:00 09:30
      Module B: Technical Set-Up
    • 09:30 10:00
      Module B: Summary of Day 2
    • 10:00 11:00
      Module B: Theoretical Foundations of Models and Markov Methodology
    • 11:00 11:15
      Coffee Break 15m Carl Bosch Auditorium

      Carl Bosch Auditorium

      Heidelberg, Studio Villa Bosch

      Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33, 69118 Heidelberg
    • 11:15 12:30
      Module B: Basic Techniques
    • 12:30 13:30
      Lunch Break 1h
    • 13:30 15:30
      Module B: Including Cost, Discounting and Willingness-to-pay Threshold
    • 15:30 15:45
      Coffee Break 15m
    • 15:45 16:45
      Module B: Designing and Reporting of Key Medical, Economic and Health Economic Outcome Parameters (cost-per-QALY-gained, net benefit calculations, etc.)
    • 16:45 17:00
      Module B: Wrap-Up of the Day
    • 09:30 10:00
      Welcome Reception and Registration 30m
    • 10:00 10:30
      Module C: Introduction to Program & Objectives; Allocative Efficiency and Distribution
    • 10:30 11:30
      Module C: The Conventional Logic of Cost Effectiveness: A Critique (Part 1)
    • 11:30 12:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 12:00 13:00
      Module C: The Conventional Logic of Cost Effectiveness: A Critique (Part 2)
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch Break 1h
    • 14:00 15:30
      Module C: Empirical Evidence on Social Preferences
    • 15:30 16:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 16:00 17:15
      Module C: The Search for Solutions (1)
    • 17:15 18:30
      Module C: The Search for Solutions (2)
    • 19:30 22:00
      Summer School Dinner 2h 30m
    • 08:30 10:30
      Module C: Practical Application - Introduction to Case Studies
    • 10:30 11:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:00 12:00
      Module C: Stakeholder Perspectives - Academic Health Economists
    • 12:00 12:30
      Module C: Stakeholder Perspectives - Providers
    • 12:30 13:30
      Module C: Stakeholder Perspectives - Payers & Policy Makers
    • 13:30 14:00
      Module C: Summary, Review & Outlook
    • 14:00 15:00
      Lunch 1h
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