National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)
Health Economics Information Resources: A Self-Study Course
Introduction and Purpose
This online course:
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview and discussion of important sources of health economics information so that course participants can:
The course is presented in four modules, listed below. Learners should begin with Module 1 and progress linearly through the modules in order to maximize the learning of this concept.
Module 1 - The Scope of Health Economics and Key Information SourcesModule 1 is divided into two parts:
Module 2 - Sources and Characteristics of Information Relating to Health Care Financing in the USMaterial for this module was prepared by Jean Newland, Librarian, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. It contains information on sources of information relating to health care financing in the United States.
Module 3 - Identification and Retrieval of Health Economic EvaluationsModule 3 presents an effective approach to systematic searching of published health economic evaluation studies by:
Module 4 - Principles of Critical Appraisal of Health Economic EvaluationsModule 4 provides an introductory guide to quality appraisal of published health economic evaluation studies by:
A glossary of health economics and related terms is provided for your use and links have been made to appropriate terms. A list of Web sites and a Bibliography for improving access to health economics information is also linked for viewing.
Key General Economics Concepts - A few key economics concepts not covered in these modules but relevant to an understanding of health economics are included in a separate, optional section. No concepts from the Key Health Economics Concepts will be used in the quizzes.
Using the Learning
This online course has been designed to work with Microsoft Internet Explorer® version 4+ and Netscape™ version 4+.
The course includes two different types of links that may be used to view glossary terms, or visit another Web page.
Words and phrases that appear in bold blue are glossary items. Put your mouse over the term to view a definition. You can also click the link to visit the definition in the full glossary. You may view the entire Glossary by selecting the Glossary link in the course sidebar.
Words and phrases that appear in blue and are underlined, are links to web sites such as other pages of the course or to other sites. Visited links are red.
To return to the beginning of this course, click on the Home Page link that appears in the Menu bar.
Learning as You Go: Testing Yourself
Many pages have a link at the bottom of the page called: Test Yourself. A question based on the content that appeared on that page will appear. After answering the question. click the Return to Lesson link and Next at the bottom of the screen to continue on in the module.
Quizzes, Evaluations and the Certificate of Success
At the end of each module you may elect to try the quiz associated with that module's content. You must take the quiz and get 7 correct out of 10 questions correct in order to get the Certificate of Success for that module. (You may retake each of the quizzes as many times as you like).
The Certificate is intended to be printed on a color printer, but you may also use a black and white printer as easily.
When you have completed each module we invite you to give us feedback via the online evaluation form. We will use this information to improve this and other learning opportunities.