Dr Pippa Anderson
Head of Swansea Centre for Health Economics
Swansea Centre for Health Economics
Telephone: (01792) 518577
Room: Office - 213
Second Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

A health economist with a research interest in prioritisation and resource allocation, Pippa’s research experience started in clinical research.  Having gained her Masters in Health Economics in the early 1990’s she moved into the field of health economics and outcomes research. One of three founding directors, Pippa established Fourth Hurdle Consulting Ltd. A health economics consultancy in 1999. Having ensured the successful integration of Fourth Hurdle into IMS Health when purchased in 2008, Pippa followed a long held ambition to complete a PhD in Health Economics and joined Swansea University. She is Head of the Swansea Centre for Health Economics: a health economics and outcomes research centre with a particular expertise in economic evaluation, health policy and ‘real world’ routine data analysis. Pippa supports a number of organisations in Wales charged with making decisions about health technology adoption in Wales:  These are Health Technology Wales, the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group and the Evidence Based Procurement Board.

Areas of Expertise

  • Heath Economics


  1. & Projecting Pharmaceutical Expenditure in EU5 to 2021: Adjusting for the Impact of Discounts and Rebates. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 1-15.
  2. & Prioritisation of specialist health care services; not NICE, not easy but it can be done. Health Policy 121(9), 978-985.
  3. & Home-based pre-surgical psychological intervention for knee osteoarthritis (HAPPiKNEES): a feasibility randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 026921551875542
  4. OP97 Program Budgeting Marginal Analysis For The Real World. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 33(S1), 44-45.
  5. et. al. Debt Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: an adaptive randomised controlled pilot trial (DeCoDer study). Health Technology Assessment 21(35), 1-164.

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  • SHQM33 Economic Evaluation in Health Care

    This module will provide a comprehensive introduction to the key principles of health economics and application to health care decision making. Students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the methods of economic evaluation and how health economics can be used to support prioritisation within the wider context of competing demands for health care treatments or services. The module is relevant for anyone working within the field of healthcare (e.g. managers, practitioners, policy makers) who needs to understand, use, review or commission economic evaluations.


  • Time Driven Activity Based Costing: testing and developing a financial approach for practical application in NHS (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
  • Burn Contracture Measurement: The most effective and efficient global indicator of quality burn care? (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Prof Tom Potokar
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons