Charlotte Maxeke Medical Research Cluster

Charlotte Maxeke Medical Research Cluster


The CMeRC team considers training a vital part of their program to build capacities in Health Technology Assessment. The purpose of the training will be to familiarize the HTA “users” and HTA “doers” – the stakeholders in health-care decision making, in the scientific intricacies of health technology and evidence-based decision making, the assessment of the said technologies and its management.


HTA workshop, September 10, 2015, 1st regional HTA Conference, Johannesburg 

Health Technology Management (101)

CMeRC developed a week-long course on Health Technology Management offered in close collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand and LIUC University. The aim of this course is to introduce students to basic principles and practice of Health Technology Management (HTM) and the role of Health Technology Assessment (HTA). By the end of the course participants should be able to (a) Define HTM, its perspectives and dimensions in the context of health care and in particular within the hospital setting; (b) Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for a proper HTM framework and the organisational setup needed to implement it; (c) Demonstrate an understanding of the planning, budgeting, procuring and commissioning of HT; and (d) Organise the maintenance for HT and ensure safe and effective operation of technologies. Teaching in this course is based on formal classroom teaching, case study, and group work. Basic computer skills are required. The case method used in this course presents actual management situations familiar to health care leaders.

Health Technology Assessment (201)


Module 1 General principles of HTA       8 days
  Course 1: Introduction to HTA      
  Course 2: Research Methodology      
  Course 3: Systematic review      
  Course 4: Economic evaluation      
  Course 5: Organisation management and impact evaluation  
  Course 6: Ethics and sociocultural issues
in HTA
  Course 7: User voice and dissemination    
  Course 8: Health systems and Health Policy    
Module 2 Specific application of HTA       6 days
  Infectious diseases Non-communicable diseases Maternal and Child Health Injury and Violence Mental health  
  (HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer        
Module 3 Research project based on the specific area of interest 3 months at home institution