Five-Part Webcast on Economic Evaluation

This five-part webcast series is designed to help you understand the value of economic evaluation and how to incorporate these methods into your programs.

Download the Glossary of Terms Cdc-pdf[PDF-68K]

Economic evaluation can be used to

  • Compare costs and benefits of an intervention.
  • Demonstrate to decision makers that the benefits of your program are worth the costs.
  • Help prioritize resources.
  • Enhance decision making and help set health policy.
If you want to You should view How the module will be of assistance
  1. Obtain an overview of economic evaluation and how it’s applicable to your program.
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Introduction to economic evaluation Cdc-pdf[PDF-265K]

Offers basic knowledge of economic evaluation.
  1. Determine the total costs of a disease or condition (e.g., direct and indirect costs).
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Economic impact analysis (also known as Cost of Illness Analysis) Cdc-pdf[PDF-427K]

Shows the potential benefits of prevention.
  1. Know the resources required to implement an intervention or program and the costs associated with using those resources.
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Programmatic cost analysis Cdc-pdf[PDF-225K]

Serves as a foundation for budget justification, decision-making, and forecasting.
  1. Compare an intervention’s costs its outcomes in natural health units.
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Cost-effectiveness analysis Cdc-pdf[PDF-223K]

Shows outcomes in natural health units, such as the number of cardiovascular disease cases prevented or the number of lives saved.
  1. Determine the benefits or consequences of a program policy, or intervention compared to the dollars spent.
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Benefit-cost analysis Cdc-pdf[PDF-401K]

Places a dollar value on program outcomes.


  1. Haddix AC, et al. Prevention Effectiveness: A Guide to Decision Analysis and Economic Evaluation. Oxford University Press, 2003.