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Postgraduate Applied Health 2016-2017

PU5542: ECONOMICS OF HEALTH BEHAVIOUR

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

The health behaviour of individuals – smoking, alcohol, poor diet, physical activity – are major contributors to development of health problems. Health policy needs to be effective and cost-effective. Economics as a discipline contributes to the understanding of health behaviors and provides tools for evaluating policy interventions to influence health behaviour.

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.

PU5015: FOUNDATIONS OF NUTRITION

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course provides students with the under pinning knowledge required when studying human nutrition. Introducing the basic concepts of the biochemical and metabolic processes essential to human health, you will have lectures, tutorials and practical assignments on the metabolic and endocrinology pathway and immune system responses to the food and nutrients we eat.  During the course you will gain a detailed understanding of the digestion, absorption and metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, fat, alcohol, vitamins and minerals, as well as an in-depth knowledge of energy balance and metabolism.

PU5016: ASSESSMENT OF NUTRITIONAL STATUS

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 and laboratory sessions to give you ‘hands-on’ experience of using a range of assessment techniques using state-of-the-art equipment routinely employed by nutritional scientists. The assignments for this course are designed to help you develop the skills you will employ in daily life as a nutritional scientist these include presenting an academic poster, producing a paper and reporting on a case-study. 

PU5017: APPLIED STATISTICS

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course intends to develop the student's awareness of the fact that statistical techniques are integral to scientific research. Researchers must be able to specify a precise research question in statistical terms and then select an appropriate study design in order to carry out an effective research project. They must also be able to assess the adequacy of the research presented in scientific or medical literature. The same skills are also required for many MSc dissertation projects.



PU5020: NUTRITION AND HEALTH

15 credits

Level 5

First 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 to 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 literature and to design research study protocols. A combination of lectures, laboratory classes and group presentations will help consolidate your understanding of the impact food and nutrients on health.

PU5022: HEALTH BEHAVIOUR AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Unhealthy and risky behaviours – such as a poor diet, sedentary behaviour, not attending screening programmes, or not taking medication as prescribed – are leading causes of suboptimal health and premature death, health care expenditure, and sickness absence. Health Psychology examines what drives these behaviours and how they can be changed. This course aims to provide students with the core knowledge and skills for developing and implementing effective interventions to promote healthier behaviours.

PU5024: RESEARCH METHODS & PRACTICE FOR PSYCHOLOGY

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course teaches students in the field of health psychology how to conduct high quality behavioural research, how to become an informed consumer of research, and how to think and operate within a professional, ethical framework.

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

PU5029: HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH REVIEW

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course aims to provide students with (a) an opportunity to complete a thorough and comprehensive review of the existing literature on a clearly defined topic in an area of interest to Health Psychology, and (b) the academic skills to search, synthesise and clearly present in writing a large amount of research evidence.

Working largely independently with the support of an academic supervisor, students on this course will produce a substantial literature review of a publishable standard. Reviews may be either narrative or systematic depending on the topic area.

PU5030: 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.

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

PU5033: INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH

0 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course provides students with skills for career development and an introduction to the field of global health.  Career development topics include strategic planning, skills analysis, self-awareness, goal setting and professionalism in the workplace. For global health, we hold a series of ‘film club’ seminars using online, digital and social media to study content from leading global health advocates, practitioners and scholars. Discussion themes are developed in class debate and group work. At the end of the course, students who take the second stage elective PU5521: Work Based Placements also apply for advertised placement opportunities. 

PU5034: RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course teaches students in the field of health psychology how to conduct high quality behavioural research, how to become an informed consumer of research, and how to think and operate within a professional, ethical framework.

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 todays 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 module 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.

PU5505: GLOBAL HEALTH

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

We live in an increasingly globalised world where information is shared more widely than ever before. To what extent can we trust the available data? How can we determine their integrity, plausibility and validity, particularly when decisions need to be made on available evidence? This course provides students with knowledge and understanding of global health and the skills to critically appraise the debates. With sessions from leading professionals and practitioners, students learn about established and emerging topics in global health, how these intersect with broader social, economic and political factors, and how research can make credible contributions in this context.

PU5510: EVALUATION OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the main theoretical and empirical methods in health economics to value healthcare interventions and conduct economic evaluations. Specifically you will acquire an understanding of decision modelling for economic evaluation of health care technologies (medical treatments, diagnosis tests, screening strategies) and the economic methods of Contingent Valuation and Choice–based approaches (Discrete Choice Experiments –DCEs–) to value health care interventions (outcomes and processes).

PU5517: ILLNESS, DISABILITY AND INTERACTIONS WITH HEALTHCARE

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course aims to explore the psychological side of illness and disability and learn how Health outcomes (e.g. quality of life, death, disease) depend to a large extent on people’s beliefs, perceptions, decisions and actions.  Over the course, students will learn how these factors can change how symptoms are interpreted and reported, how risk is perceived, how illness and disability are experienced, whether help is sought from medical professionals, and whether recommended treatments are adhered to over time.  Students will also study contemporary models of disability and explore how disability behaviour influences health outcomes.

PU5518: HEALTH PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOUR

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course examines how the behaviour of health professionals can impact on patient care and service delivery, and trains students in key professional practice skills such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing and health coaching.

PU5521: WORK-BASED PLACEMENT WITH HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT SECTOR ORGANISATION

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course offers students professional placements with public, civic, voluntary, development sector organisations and government agencies. The placements are subject to availability and offered on a competitive basis. The course enhances students’ employability through engagement in a competitive application process; by applying academic skills in work-based environments; by developing communication and networking skills; through acquiring knowledge and understanding of health-related organisations; and by preparing and delivering a workplace report appropriate to the host organisation’s style. Students gain a unique practical experience, a ‘real-world’ practical relevance to their work, a range of transferrable skills, professional connections and a stand-out CV.

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.

PU5524: STRESS, PERSONALITY AND HEALTH

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course explores how stress and personality can affect our health by influencing how we view the world, how we react to situations and events (psychologically, physiologically and behaviourally) and our capacity to cope in difficult circumstances.

We are all individuals who respond differently to the environment around us and these individual differences can influence our health, positively and negatively. Stress and other individual differences such as coping, social support and personality will be explored in relation to health and illness. Understanding the relationship between these factors can explain the psychological influences on health and identify key areas for intervention.

PU5525: HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

PU5526: SYSTEMATIC REVIEWING

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will equip students with the relevant skills to interpret and conduct systematic reviews on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions.

Students will learn to formulate a clear research question and understand the principles and main steps for undertaking systematic reviews. In particular, they will learn how:

i)              to develop an adequate search strategy;

ii)             to critically appraise primary studies;

iii)           to extract data from primary studies;

iv)           to identify the main sources of heterogeneity among primary studies;

v)            to analyse findings from primary studies;

vi)           to interpret results;

vii)         to assess the quality of existing systematic reviews.

PU5528: VALUES AND ETHICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

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 seminar discussions.

PU5530: EXTENDED PROJECT IN PUBLIC HEALTH

90 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

PU5531: RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will equip students with the skills and information needed to appraise and undertake nutrition research in a professional manner. You will acquire the skills and information needed to: formulate a general aim and specific research questions and objectives; design a study; writing a research proposal and protocol, collect and manage data and critically appraise the data in the context of other relevant research and present the findings of a scientific study. In addition students will develop their knowledge of the standards, requirements and professionalism required to conduct high quality rigorous research.

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.

PU5534: PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This specialism course provides an up-to-date knowledge of Public Health Nutrition research methods, a sound understanding of their application in diet, health and disease research, and their role in the development and evaluation of nutrition policies. A combination of lectures, seminars, debates and site visits will give insight into the practicalities of undertaking research and you will be expected to contribute to lively discussions of the research topics and intervention design. You will also learn to evaluate current sources of evidence to identify and critically appraise the relationship between food and nutrition the wider society and policy development. 

PU5536: PUBLIC HEALTH LITERATURE REVIEW

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

To get a ‘hands on’ experience in conducting a literature review on a public health topic for 3 months. Student will identify a particular Public Health issue and systematically search the literature using electronic bibliographic databases, critically appraise and synthesize research evidence on the topic.

PU5537: CLINICAL NUTRITION

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course provides up-to-date knowledge of the biological and molecular science research methods relevant to understanding the role food and nutrients in health and disease. A combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, clinical sessions and site visits will help you integrate the practicalities of undertaking nutrition research with the biological processes involving nutrition and its roles in both clinical and public health nutrition. During this course you will be required contribute to lively discussions of the application of the research methods, study and intervention design.

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. 

PU5905: DISSERTATION IN THE ECONOMICS OF HEALTH

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The dissertation 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 their ability to apply these two issues relevant to health economics.

PU5906: GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH PROJECT

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course allows students to develop deepened knowledge into current research and methodological development in selected area(s) in a world-class research environment. Students develop capacities to independently and creatively identify and formulate research questions and operationalize objectives with appropriate methodologies and activities within timeframes.

PU5909: HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH PROJECT

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course offers students the opportunity to complete a substantial piece of data-driven, empirical work within the field of Health Psychology, under the supervision of an experienced Health Psychology researcher.

Topics available will be varied but within the domain of Health Psychology. Students will identify a suitable topic area, develop a research protocol, design and implement an empirical study and write up the results in the format of a journal article.

PU5910: STANDARD PROJECT IN PUBLIC HEALTH

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

PU5911: SPECIALIST RESEARCH PROJECT IN HUMAN NUTRITION

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This applied research project, completed under the guidance of two supervisors, will give direct experience of the different processes involved in scientific research either in a laboratory, clinical or public health setting. A wide range of research topics will be offered covering the nutrition subjects studied in the taught course. Projects are carried out at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, School of Medical and Dentistry or Aberdeen Royal Infirmary; projects may also be undertaken in other institutions in the UK or overseas where suitable supervision can be identified.

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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