Public Health Economics Methods and Tools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020). Public health economics. Retrieved from Organization website:


This collection of resources is designed to support professionals in evaluating health costs and economic burden relative to program effectiveness. The resources include the tool, user guides and FAQs to help public health professionals apply the tools in their work.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

This resource offers users a number of useful learning resources, including:

  • The Guide to Analyzing the Cost-Effectiveness of Community Public Health Prevention Approaches
  • A five-part webcast on economic evaluation health economics online self-study course from the National Institutes of Health
  • Eleven economic tools

These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.

We have provided the resources and links as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by McMaster University of any of the products, services or opinions of the external organizations, nor have the external organizations endorsed their resources and links as provided by McMaster University. McMaster University bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external sites.

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