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Online Applied Health 2017-2018

PU5008: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS AND HEALTH ECONOMICS

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Health Economics is concerned with the optimal use of scarce health care resources. The PgCert in Health Economics introduces economic techniques for determining the optimal allocation of resources and economic arguments for ways of financing and providing health care. This course provides an introduction to economic concepts underpinning the topics covered in the remainder of the programme. It provides students with an introduction to how health care differs from other commodities and the implications for the organisation and delivery of health care. Students will study the concepts of scarcity, opportunity cost, demand and supply and their relevance to health care.

PU5027: FUNDAMENTALS OF RESEARCH DESIGN

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of health research methods. The course will focus on the development of research protocols, including how to formulate research questions, identify appropriate study designs, identify relevant outcomes and plan data collection. Students will be introduced to the main study designs used in health research including experimental, observational, qualitative and mixed method designs. Sampling techniques and methods for data collection for both quantitative and qualitative methods will be addressed. Students will also be introduced to the importance of critical appraisal and research ethics and will learn how to communicate scientific findings.

 

PU5028: INTRODUCTION TO ONLINE LEARNING

0 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The Introduction to online learning course gives students the opportunity to ensure they are comfortable and familiar with the use of the various online tools used during the courses in the online PgCert in Research Methods for Health. These include listening to podcasts, taking online quizzes, uploading electronic assignments, contributing to synchronous or ‘live’ discussions in our virtual classroom and asynchronous discussions using discussion boards, wikis and blogs as well as activating links to relevant and current websites, e-books/journal articles. Students are required to have a headset with a microphone function for this course

PU5031: EVIDENCE-BASED HEALTH

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course is taken by students registered for the PGCert in Research Methods for Health and the MPH. It is delivered online and provides interaction with fellow students and faculty both synchronously and asynchronously. Everyone taking part must be registered for the course and complete all assessments.
This course aims to enable the fundamental understanding and application of evidence based health at an individual- and population-level, focusing on the use of systematic reviews to synthesise evidence as well as methods to translate and implement evidence to inform health practice and policy.

 

 

PU5032: HEALTH ECONOMICS

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Resources available for the provision and payment for health care are limited. However, knowledge of economics helps ensure that available resources are used in the most effective way possible.  Economics allows more informed decision making about a variety of issues: choosing between alternative treatments; setting priorities between patients; choosing between alternative new technologies; organising the provision of health care.

In this course students will acquire a knowledge and understanding of:

  • key themes of economic theory as applied to health care
  • some of the main techniques of health care evaluation
  • main arguments concerning alternative systems for organising and financing health care

PU5035: FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND METABOLISM

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course will provide you with the basic knowledge required to enable you to move on to the complex issues that are addressed in today's society around the role of nutrition and food in disease prevention and management.  This coures is designed as a refresher course for those who have already undertaken nutrition at undergraduate levels or to enable students with a strong science background to convert their knowledge into the nutrition field.

PU5037: ASSESSMENT OF NUTRITIONAL HEALTH

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course will give you a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of the methods used to assess nutritional status, dietary intake and the nutritional composition of food. Theory will be put into practice through a series of practical workshop to give you ‘hands-on’ experience of using a range of assessment techniques using equipment routinely employed by nutritionists. The assignments for this course are designed to help you develop the skills you will employ in daily life as a nutritionist these include presenting an academic poster, producing a paper and conducting a nutritional assessment of a client. 

PU5401: ECONOMIC EVALUATION - PRINCIPLES AND FRAMEWORKS

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course covers issues involved in identifying, measuring and valuing costs and benefits. Consideration will be given to the importance of health outcomes, non-health outcomes and process attributes when valuing the benefits of health care interventions. The student will be introduced to Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) and the use of standard gamble and time-trade off to estimate quality weights within the QALY framework. Consideration will be given here to the creation and use of generic QALY measures such as EuroQol; as well as specific QALY measures.

PU5501: ECONOMIC EVALUATION - APPLICATIONS AND POLICY

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course is taken by students enrolled on the Post Graduate Certificate in Health Economics. It is concerned with practical issues in the design and conduct of economic evaluation. It covers the principles of the two most common approaches to economic evaluation – using individual patient data collected alongside randomised controlled trials, and using decision models to synthesis data from a number of secondary sources. The module highlights the strengths and limitations of each approach, and emphasises their complimentary nature.

PU5522: APPLIED STATISTICS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Applied statistics introduces students to statistical concepts involved in the appropriate design, analysis and interpretation of research in health settings, covering aspects of data types and presentation of data; probability; samples, distributions, statistical inference; hypothesis testing; univariate parametric and non-parametric methods and correlation with an introduction to regression.

PU5525: HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

PU5528: VALUES AND ETHICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course challenges you to engage robustly with questions about what is good and right (and why) in public health policy and practice. You will develop your ability to critique and participate effectively in debates about what matters – and what is morally justified - in efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of communities and populations. You will develop the knowledge and confidence to identify value-based assumptions as you examine a range of real-world health problems and practice justifying and objecting to different strategies for addressing them

PU5529: QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course provides a sound introduction to qualitative health research. You will consider the relevance and value of qualitative methodologies which respond to current health agendas. The course introduces planning to conduct relevant research and a range of methods to generate, handle and analyse qualitative data. You will gain insight into issues of rigour, quality and ethics, and understand the importance of engaging with relevant audiences.  The course is delivered by a range of experienced contributors, and you will gain insight into the practicalities of undertaking qualitative research via practical workshops and stimulating lecture sessions.

PU5530: EXTENDED PROJECT IN PUBLIC HEALTH

90 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

PU5532: HEALTH INFORMATICS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

We live in a time of ‘Big Data’ with the rapid growth in the digital capture of health information. Health Informatics is the science of data capture, linkage and analysis of large datasets to improve health. The demand for health researchers with training and experience in health informatics is high. For people practicing in Public Health, it is a key skill. It will equip students for any career in health research or public health practice and this course is an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to develop a specialist interest in the field.

PU5533: HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND POLICY (DISTANCE LEARNING)

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course examines different types of health care systems. Building on material from PU5008 it covers issues relevant to many health care systems: the application of supply and demand theory; the complex relationships between the transactors in health care; the patient as consumer; user charges; doctors and hospitals as suppliers of health care; incentives; reimbursement; competition and performance management.

PU5538: EPIDEMIOLOGY

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course in applied epidemiology gives an introduction to disease measurement at a population level, basic epidemiological study design and analysis, and provides an understanding of key methodological issues needed to apply when designing – or critically appraising – an epidemiological study.

PU5541: CLINICAL NUTRITION FOR DISEASE PREVENTION

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The overall aim of nutrition practice and research is to enable everyone to gain optimum health and well-being through good nutrition. This course aims to enable student to develop the fundamental understanding and application of evidence based health at an individual- and population-level.  This course also aims to help future nutrition practitioners and researchers develop the skills and insights necessary to advocate for better health through diet and nutrition, and the public and social policies that support better nutritional and health outcomes.

PU5543: NUTRITION AND HEALTH THROUGH THE LIFE STAGES

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will provide a detailed knowledge of the relationships between diet, human development, health, and disease. Topics covered include diet and nutrition across the life course, integration and adaptability of different metabolic pathways e.g. starvation, exercise, and the role of diet in the development of diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. During the course you will also develop the skills required to select and critically appraise scientific evidence. 

PU5910: STANDARD PROJECT IN PUBLIC HEALTH

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

PU5912: HEALTH ECONOMICS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS PROJECT

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The health ecoconomics project is an independent piece of work undertaken by students which allow them to demonstrate in depth the skills and knowledge acquired on the MSc and apply these to a research question. Under expert supervision, each student independently and creatively identifies and formulates a research question which they address using appropriate methodology.

PU5913: RESEARCH PROJECT IN APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

To give the students direct experience of the different processes involved in scientific research, either in a laboratory, clinical or public health setting. 

PU5914: EXTENDED RESEARCH PROJECT IN APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course must be taken in conjunction with the research project in applied health sciences and offers the students the opportunity to extend the project length from 15 weeks to 22 weeks. This additional time is to allow student to undertake a more extensive project in order to develop additional research skills.  By taking this combination of courses makes this one of the most extensive research projects to be undertaken in a taught masters. 

PU5915: WORK PLACEMENT IN APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course must be taken in conjunction with the research project in applied health sciences and offers the students the opportunity to extend the project length from 15 weeks to 22 weeks. This additional time is to allow student to undertake a more extensive project in order to develop additional research skills.  By taking this combination of courses makes this one of the most extensive research projects to be undertaken in a taught masters. 

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