Short Course Introduction to Health Policy and Decision Analyses

Presenters: Dr’s Martin Meltzer & Michael Washington Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, USA

Where: Genesis Suites , 10 Sandler Road, Fairmont, Johannesburg

When: 18 to 21st June 2013

The course is designed to provide the participant with an introduction to applied policy and decision analyses, including the rationale (benefits, risks, costs), as to why such studies are needed and the different methodologies that can be used. The training is reinforced using case studies that require active participation. At the end of the course, the participant should have an improved understanding of the need and uses of policy/decision analyses studies and have the skills to actively participate in such studies. The course is CPD accredited – level 3.

Would you like to know whether

  • Which STD treatment is the “best?”
  • Is breast cancer screening a good investment?
  • How can I balance the risks, benefits & costs for my proposed intervention?

Dr. Meltzer is the Lead of the Health Economics and Modeling Unit (HEMU) in the CDC/Atlanta Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections. He received his PhD in Applied Economics from Cornell University, NY. Examples of his research include estimating the impact of the 2009 influenza pandemic, the modeling of potential responses to smallpox as a bioterrorist weapon, and assessing the economics of controlling diseases such as Rabies, Dengue, Hepatitis A, Meningitis, Lyme, and Malaria.

Dr. Washington is an Industrial/Systems Engineer and a member of HEMU. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering. Examples of his work includes working with WHO and Ministries of Health on vaccine preventable diseases; designing and improving primary care, HIV/AIDS, and emergency response clinics and labs; and providing epidemiology and economics support.

For more information please contact either:

Dr. Seymour Williams ( or Dr. Natalie Mayet (

To register please complete the Registration Form  & submit to Charmaine Singh ( by 17 May 2013

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