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Postgraduate Applied Health 2017-2018

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.

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.

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. In addition, it will also provide insight into the effects of malnutrition and food processing on health. 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. The structure of the course reflects the logical flow of the research process itself, moving week on week from the planning of research (generating and refining research questions, evaluating evidence, designing a study), through study conduct (ethical practice, qualitative and quantitative methods, measurement issues, research governance) to the interpretation and dissemination of results (to academic, policy, public, and media audiences).

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.

PU5033: INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH

0 credits

Level 5

First 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? How does evidence drive the current global health agenda, and who is directing this? This course introduces students to the field of global health and develops skills to critically appraise key debates. With sessions profiling leading professionals, practitioners and institutions, students learn about established and emerging topics, how these intersect with broader social, economic and political factors, and how research can make credible contributions in this context.

 

PU5034: RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course will equip students with the skills and information needed to appraise and undertake 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, 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.

PU5505: GLOBAL HEALTH

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course focusses on the issues that affect the health of all nations of the world, the problems that unite developing and developed countries – the shared risks and vulnerabilities. This is not merely the study of emerging diseases and epidemic threats such as HIV, Ebola and Zika but also the dual burden of over and undernutrition, communicable and non-communicable diseases, the impact of war, conflict and climate change on the health of individuals, nations and world populations.

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-, best/worst scaling) 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. 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.

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.

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.

PU5534: PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This specialism course provides an up-to-date knowledge of Public Health Nutrition and provides students with an opportunity to develop their understanding of the social, economic and cultural determinants of nutrition-related health problems, and skills that will enable them to design, implement and evaluate nutrition policies and programmes aimed at addressing such problems. A combination of lectures, seminars, debates, tutorials and site visits will give insight into key aspects of public health nutrition and you will be expected to contribute to lively discussions of the topics.

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

Clinical nutrition is defined as the study of diet in relation to the development and treatment of human disease. This specialism course provides an up-to-date and detailed knowledge on the role of nutrition in the aetiology, prevention and treatment of disease in humans, with particular emphasis on disease prevention/health promotion. The course covers key topics surrounding nutrition and disease, and furthermore discusses how clinical nutrition links with public health and molecular nutrition. The course also provides an overview of research tools widely used in clinical nutrition research.

PU5539: ASSESSMENT OF NUTRITIONAL STATUS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will give you a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of the methods used to assess nutritional status, including dietary intake, assessment of body composition and energy expenditure applied in the context of energy balance. 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. 

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.

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.

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