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Postgraduate Applied Health 2021-2022

PU5017: APPLIED STATISTICS

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course in Applied Statistics intends to focus on the application of statistical techniques in postgraduate research for health professionals, with a particular emphasis on the correct interpretation of statistical analyses. The course will NOT concentrate on the statistical theory underlying the subject. An important component of the course is the use of a statistical package, IBM SPSS Statistics 27, which can be used to implement all the methods taught on this course.

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.

PU5029: HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH REVIEW

15 credits

Level 5

First 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

First 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.

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 applied to health care
  • Some of the main techniques of health care evaluation
  • Main arguments concerning alternative systems for organising and financing health care

PU5040: HEALTH, WELL BEING AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

What can health professionals and health care promoters do to improve their own and others health and wellbeing? What influences people’s health behaviours? Why do people find it difficult to change their health behaviour? What are the most promising strategies for improving health and well-being?

Health behaviours cover a wide range of behaviours (e.g. smoking, physical activity, vaccination, diet, taking medication, and practicing safe sex) and have a major impact on peoples’ health, quality of life, and (healthy) life expectancy. Nevertheless, many people have an unhealthy diet, exercise too little, don’t take their medication as prescribed, smoke, drink excessive amounts of alcohol, and so forth.

In this course, we will address these challenges and students will learn key theories about health behaviour and behaviour change, including behaviour change techniques, in order to understand how health behaviours can be influenced by a variety of factors within an individual (e.g., conscious and unconscious thoughts, emotions, goals, and decisions), and also by factors in the environment (e.g., the behaviours and expectations of society; the quality of the communication by health care professionals; or availability and affordability of healthy options in the environment).

 Health psychologists and health professionals are expected to be able to develop, evaluate and implement intervention programs to promote healthier behaviour, through changing individuals and their environment.

Within this course you will develop your understanding of health behaviours, what influences them and how to change them. You will experience the role of health behaviours from both the participant’s and researcher view, by developing, participating in and analysing your own behavioural intervention.

PU5050: OPEN AND REPRODUCIBLE HEALTH DATA SCIENCE

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The way we do science is changing. Scientific results that can be independently verified increase trust in science and accelerate future work.

 

This course will give students the tools they need to do open and reproducible health data science. The skills they will develop are becoming a requirement for funding agencies and scientific publishers, and are important for data-intensive careers in academia, NHS or industry.

PU5052: FUNDAMENTALS OF RESEARCH DESIGN

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Fundamentals of research design provides the student with skills in both quantitative and qualitative design enabling the student to plan ethical research in a health context. Students are taken through each step - from formulating the research question, to study design, sample selection, methods for data collection to dissemination of results.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

 

  1. Summarise the key factors involved in the research process
  2. Evaluate the appropriateness of study designs commonly used in applied health research studies
  3. Identify the advantages and disadvantages associated with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  4. Develop a research proposal to answer a health-related research question which maximises research quality and rigour.

PU5053: STRESS, PERSONALITY AND HEALTH

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Humans vary from one person to the next, both in terms of their stable characteristics and in terms of how they respond to different situations and environments. These individual differences can in turn influence health positively and negatively. This course explores key individual differences in stress and personality. We will explore differences in physical, psychological and behavioural responses to stress; methods of coping with stress; theoretical determinants of stress; and the role of personality in health and illness.

PU5054: ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE METHODS AND ANALYSIS FOR PSYCHOLOGY

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course teaches students in the field of health psychology how to conduct high quality quantitative 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 studies), through study conduct (ethical practice, quantitative methods, measurement issues, data handling, research governance) to the statistical analysis, interpretation, reporting and dissemination of research findings (to academic, policy, public, and media audiences).

PU5056: KEY CONCEPTS IN GLOBAL HEALTH

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course introduces students to the field of global health and develops skills to critically appraise organisations, actors, debates and data. Teaching material will cover: key definitions and terminology; institutions, practitioners and scholars in global health; and key drivers and challenges in the global health field. Students will 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

PU5058: INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH DATA SCIENCE

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Nationally and internationally there is recognition of the critical shortage in data-intensive analytic capacity applied to healthcare. This course is an introduction to the field of health data science, with examples of real-life healthcare applications, using the popular data science language R.

PU5505: GLOBAL HEALTH

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course focuses 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, Zika and Sars Cov-19 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.

PU5517: ILLNESS, DISABILITY AND INTERACTIONS WITH HEALTHCARE

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course aims to explore the psychological side of illness, disability and dying. Students will learn how symptoms are interpreted and responded to, how risk is perceived, how individuals live with chronic conditions and about end of life and bereavement.

PU5518: HEALTH PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOUR

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Health outcomes depend not just on an individual’s own behaviours, but also on the behaviour of health professionals, the behaviour of service providers and on the structure and organisation of health-relevant environments. This course equips students with basic professional practice skills and trains them how to identify and solve real world health problems using psychological theories and techniques.

PU5525: HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Public health is the art and science of improving health through the organised efforts of society. This course supports students in developing a critical understanding of the breadth of public health approaches to protecting, promoting, monitoring and improving health among the population as a whole.

The course is core to the MPH programme, but also open to students interested in understanding the population-based approach to health. All must be registered for the course and complete all assessments. The course is suitable for students wanting a professional (specialist/ practitioner) public health career and also for those wanting a related academic career.

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. Using lectures and practical sessions, students will understand the principles of systematic reviewing and the differences between narrative and systematic reviews. They will learn to formulate a clear research question and undertake each stage of systematic reviewing of randomised controlled trials. They will also learn about the importance of the levels of evidence and systematic reviews of other different study designs. This course will also introduce the students to advances in systematic reviews such as network meta-analysis and use of Individual Patient Data (IPD)

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

PU5548: WORK-BASED PLACEMENT IN APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This work-based placement elective offers a professional placement with a government/public, civic or voluntary health and/or development sector organisation. You will undertake a ten-week placement with your host organisation, either within the organisation, remotely from Aberdeen, or using a combination of both. Placements are subject to availability and are offered on a competitive basis.

PU5558: MACHINE LEARNING FOR HEALTHCARE

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Machine learning has the potential to revolutionise healthcare. The aim of this course is to introduce machine learning for health data science with examples of real-life healthcare applications, using the popular data science language R.

PU5559: UNDERSTANDING AND APPLYING REGRESSION MODELS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course intends to develop a student’s statistical skills and understanding so that they can apply common multivariate regression modelling techniques to a range of health research data. The course will focus on the application, interpretation and communication of common regression models, including general linear models, log-linear models, logistic regression, and survival analysis. It assumes that students will already have completed a first course in statistics and have an understanding of bivariate techniques and basic mathematical skills.

PU5909: HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH PROJECT

60 credits

Level 5

Third 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.

PU5923: EXTENDED WORK-BASED PLACEMENT IN APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

30 credits

Level 5

Summer School

This work-based placement elective offers a professional placement with a government/public, industrial, civic or voluntary 

health and/or development sector organisation. Students will undertake a ten-week placement with a host organisation, either within the organisation, remotely from Aberdeen, or using a combination of both. University of Aberdeen staff will co-supervise student placements. Placements are subject to availability and are offered on a competitive basis. 

RN5003: FOUNDATIONS OF NUTRITION

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Course Aims:

The course aims to enable you to develop a broad knowledge, understanding, and application of the scientific basis of human nutrition.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Summarise the underlying physiology related to human nutrition.
  2. Explain the key concepts of nutrient and energy metabolism.
  3. Distinguish between the metabolism of different macronutrients.
  4. Outline the role of micronutrients and non-nutritive dietary components in human nutrition.
  5. Assess the interactions between nutrients as part of a whole diet.
  6. Prepare, process, interpret, and present topics in human nutrition using formal presentation.

RN5008: 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, 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. 

RN5505: CLINICAL NUTRITION

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Clinical nutrition is 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. The course covers key topics surrounding nutrition and disease, and 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, and a training on evidence-based analysis of nutrition case studies.

RN5507: NUTRITION AND HEALTH

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 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, and a laboratory class will help consolidate your understanding of the impact food and nutrients on health.

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