MSc Programs

MSc Health Technology Assessment

NOTE: The School of Public Health is no longer admitting students to this degree.

Health technology assessment (HTA) is an integrative and multidisciplinary field in which information about the medical, social, economic and other broader issues related to a health technology is obtained and synthesized in a systematic, transparent and rigorous robust manner.

In this context, “health technologies” are defined broadly, and include pharmaceuticals, medical devices, procedures and systems used for prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation or palliation.

Over the past two decades, HTA has become institutionalized in almost all of the developed world, and is used to inform government and other payer decisions on the funding and coverage of new health technologies in numerous countries.

The master of science (MSc) program in health technology assessment is intended to produce graduates who could work in academia, health policy or delivery organizations, or the private sector.

The University of Alberta is one of a very few universities worldwide that has the capacity to offer a research-based degree in HTA. We have come to be known and recognized, by both the research community and policy and decision makers in health care as a centre of excellence for HTA, its methodologies and development.

Core Courses

These courses are required in order to complete this program.

SPH 505 - Fundamentals of Public Health (*3)
SPH 596 - Epidemiology Methods I (*3)

SPH 696 - Epidemiology Methods II (*3)
   or SPH 597 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology for Public Health (*3)

SPH 531 - Statistical Methods in Health Research (*3)

Specialization Courses

These courses are required for this specialization.

SPH 671 - The Economic Evaluation of Health Care (*3)
SPH 673 - Technology Assessment for Health Care (*3)
SPH 692 - Systematic Reviews (*3)

Elective Courses

Students are required to complete 6* of graduate level course work as approved by their supervisor. For more information, see Electives.


Students are required to present the results of their thesis at a student seminar prior to the Final Oral Examination.

Students will successfully complete and defend a thesis on a research topic in the program area, defined in consultation with the student’s supervisory committee.  The scope and quality of the thesis should normally be appropriate to form the basis for a refereed journal publication.

As you prepare to defend your thesis, in the Final Oral Examination, you will want to become familiar with the Master's Final Oral Examinations Procedures.

Residency Requirements

The minimum period of residence is two, four-month terms of registration.

Length of Program

The time required to complete the program will vary according to the previous training of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken; a minimum of two years is normally required. The maximum time permitted or completion of the program is four years (full or part time) from the date of first registration.