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Economics of Genomics and Precision Medicine (CPD workshop)

Workshop overview

Our three-day Economics of Genomics and Precision Medicine CPD workshop will help those involved in the provision, commissioning or evaluation of healthcare services to assess whether genomic technologies and precision medicine offer value for money.

New technologies using genomics - such as genomic-based diagnostics - and strategic approaches to safely and effectively target treatments and screening strategies (precision medicine) are now emerging within clinical practice.

Yet the existence of fixed healthcare budgets and finite healthcare resources means there is an opportunity cost for every decision made to introduce genomic-based technologies and precision medicine into practice.

As such, it is vital to assess whether genomic technologies and examples of precision medicine represent value for money in terms of the relative costs and consequences compared with established best practice. 

Through this workshop, you will understand the role and application of model-based economic evaluations specifically in the context of evaluating examples of genomic technologies and precision medicine. 

The workshop covers: 

  • the rationale for the use of model-based economic evaluations;
  • the importance of model conceptualisation and how to select an appropriate type of model;
  • how to communicate the results to relevant decision-makers;
  • how to critically appraise model-based economic evaluations;
  • the potential role of model-based economic evaluations to inform research prioritisation decisions;
  • the potential role of model-based approaches to solve optimisation problems;
  • specific challenges and potential solutions to the design and use of model-based economic evaluations in the context of genomics and precision medicine. 

You will take a blended approach to learning that combines face-to-face lectures with podcasts and interactive exercises. 

Following the workshop, an online discussion forum will be established so you can exchange ideas, engage in discussion and create networking opportunities with other attendees.

Fees, workshop duration and dates

The fee for this workshop is £500 for attendees from the public sector and £750 for those working in the private sector

The workshop will run over three days between 6 and 8 February 2017 and will incorporate both face-to-face sessions at the University and online learning.

There are 15 places available. 

Further information

This workshop has been organised by the Manchester Centre for Health Economics at The University of Manchester.

The staff involved with the workshop are all health economists with expertise in the design and conduct of model-based economic evaluations with specific and applied experience in genomic and precision medicine.

They include:

  • Niall Davison (Research Associate in Health Economics);
  • Anna Donten (Research Associate in Health Economics);
  • Martin Eden (Research Fellow in Health Economics);
  • Sean Gavan (Research Fellow in Health Economics);
  • Alex Thompson (Research Fellow in Health Economics);
  • Katherine Payne (Professor of Health Economics);
  • Stuart Wright (Research Associate in Health Economics).

CPD accreditation is currently being sought for this workshop. Please contact the course director, Katherine Payne, ( for further information about the content of the workshop.

You may also be interested in our Genomic Medicine MSc and CPD units.

Entry requirements 

There are no specific entry criteria for this workshop. Our workshop assumes no prior knowledge of model-based economic evaluations.

Attendees may be working in industry, academia, Diagnostic Evidence Cooperatives, GeCIPs, or Molecular Pathology Nodes, and may include health service managers, clinicians, researchers, laboratory scientists and manufacturers.

English language requirements

International applicants from non-majority English speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. A list of majority English-speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing;
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component);
  • paper-based TOEFL of 575 or computer-based TOEFL of 230 with 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE).

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply 

To give you the greatest opportunity to join our workshop and make the admissions process as quick and easy as possible, we recommend that you read the below guidance.

The closing date for applications is 27 January 2017.

Late applications may be considered. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the workshop is full.

Please apply online using the University's e-store. Contact us if you have any problems. 

Contact us

Please contact the course director, Katherine Payne, ( for further information about the content of the Economics of Genomics and Precision Medicine CPD workshop.

For other queries about this workshop, please get in touch with us by completing our online contact form.

You can also email us at or call +44 (0)161 275 1648.