Health Economics and Prioritisation in Public Health - elearning for healthcare
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NHSE Learning Hub Migration - Health Economics and Prioritisation in Public Health

On 08 July 2024, the current Health Economics and Prioritisation in Public Health elearning programme will move from the elfh Hub to the NHSE Learning Hub as part of a planned upgrade of our learning platforms.

The Learning Hub is a national digital learning platform providing easy access to a wide range of educational resources and support for the health and care workforce and educators. You are auto enrolled on the Learning Hub with your elfh account and new users can sign up for free.

What you need to do

If you have started this programme on the elfh Hub and require a certificate, please complete all relevant programme resources before 08 July 2024. After this date, a record of your activity on the elfh Hub will still be available in the ‘My Activity’ area in your elfh account, including any certificates.

If you are unable to complete the programme by 08 July 2024, you can wait and complete it from the 09 July 2024 on the NHSE Learning Hub. Your activity on the NHSE Learning Hub is recorded in the ‘My Learning’ section, including any certificates.

We will issue a notification and a link to the resource once it is live on the NHSE Learning Hub. This link will also feature on the programme webpage ( from the 09 July 2024.

About the Health Economics and Prioritisation in Public Health programme

Through this course learners will be introduced to some of the basic principles of health economics, before going on to see how those principles can be applied to decision making through economic evaluation. Throughout, a focus is maintained on public health commissioning.

These materials have been developed by the Public Health England Health Economics team as a way of building skills and understanding within Local Authorities.

Economics does not produce decision rules, but is a valuable tool in helping make appropriate resource allocation decisions. This is particularly important in the context of disinvestment.

More information

The course is broken down into two stages. The first module concentrates on introducing economic ways of thinking and some key principles. The second module gives an overview of how these principles can be applied to decision making through economic evaluation.

Learning objectives

By the end of module one you will be able to:

  • Understand and explain the basic principles of health economics
  • Start to think about how economics can be applied in healthcare decision making

By the end of module two you will be able to:

  • Define and explain the most common types of health economic evaluation
  • Understand how the differing assumptions drive results in economic evaluations
  • Interpret the outputs of economic evaluations

Pre requisites

There is no pre-requisite knowledge needed for the course although some understanding of public health service provision would be advantageous. The two modules are designed as a pair. Content covered in module two assumes prior knowledge of content covered in module one.

Meet the team

  • Shaun Donaghy

    Shaun Donaghy

    Senior Economic Advisor, Public Health England
  • Rebecca Worboys

    Rebecca Worboys

    Health Economist, Public Health England
  • Scott Mahoney

    Scott Mahony

    Health Economist, Public Health England
  • Mark Millar

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Simon Blackmore

    Simon Blackmore

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Health Economics and Prioritisation programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Health Economics and Prioritisation programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Health Economics and Prioritisation programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

Please select the following link for more information on how to use the elfh Hub.

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