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Epidemiology is the science that underpins a large area of medical research and public health. It describes the burden of disease at the population level and seeks to identify causes of disease which can help to inform effective interventions and high quality treatment strategies. Read more

What is Epidemiology?

Epidemiology is the science that underpins a large area of medical research and public health. It describes the burden of disease at the population level and seeks to identify causes of disease which can help to inform effective interventions and high quality treatment strategies. Postgraduates from this course will have a wide range of career options, and are in demand in universities, government, national health services, non-government organisations and industry.

What is Biostatistics?

Biostatistics is the science of collecting, analysing, presenting and drawing inferences from data for research in medicine and health. Context is vitally important as methods developed in one area of statistics can be misleading when unthinkingly applied elsewhere. For example, basic regression assumes independence whereas data on patients is rarely independent as they share common treatment pathways within e.g. hospitals. Postgraduates from this course will learn a wide range of contemporary statistical methods and, most importantly, when and where they should be applied.

What will this course teach me?

Training the next generation of scientists...

This course will train you to be a researcher with excellent analysis skills. The course culminates in a research project tailored to your chosen theme, which you will write up for publication in a journal. The project will be conducted under the supervision of leading researchers in their field.

Designed to fit an area of need, you will be attractive to future employers, whether in academic research or industry.

The curriculum

The course aims to train scientists to pursue careers in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health and health-services research. Students all undertake the five Common Core modules before choosing a Specialist Theme to focus on. Three further modules are then completed within the chosen Specialist Theme before moving on to the Research Project.

Common Core

This new MSc offers a common core of modules and three specialist themes (of which you choose one). The specialist themes are:

Statistical Epidemiology;
Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology and
Applied Population Health.

Modules

The taught modules for this MSc come to 120 credits in total, comprising of 75 credits of 'Common Core' modules plus an additional 45 credits from optional modules, which you will tailor to suit your chosen specialism. You will then go on to complete a 60 credit Research Project.

Your five Common Core 15 credit modules will be:

Core Epidemiology,
Introduction to Modelling,
Statistical Inference,
Advanced Epidemiology and
Professional Spine.

You will then choose a Specialist Theme and will undertake four 15 credit modules within that specialism.

Professional Spine

This is an innovative aspect of the course; it is designed to provide you with the skills and experience necessary to work effectively in research. The spine runs throughout the second semester and consists of:

◾Working in epidemiology and public health
◾Ethics
◾Critical appraisal skills for evidence review and synthesis
◾Academic writing for publication
◾Presentation skills
◾Consultancy skills
◾Management and Leadership

Research project

The course culminates in your research project, which you will start to think about in the first semester. Working in collaboration with the teaching team you will be choosing, designing, conducting and writing your research project, which you will tailor to suit your chosen specialism. You can either choose from a range of projects designed by the supervisors, or you can design one yourself.
The final outcome will be to write up a paper, suitable for publication in a journal. We will encourage you to submit the article, using our experience and reputation to augment this process.

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The program normally requires a minimum of two years of full-time study and a maximum of three years with the first eight months devoted primarily to course work. Read more

Program Requirements

The program normally requires a minimum of two years of full-time study and a maximum of three years with the first eight months devoted primarily to course work. It enables students to gain core knowledge and skills in epidemiology and biostatistics methods, health services and policy research, or population health to develop research experience by applying these methodologies to a research project under the supervision of a supervisory committee.

The minimum requirement for an M.Sc. is 30 credits, including 13.5 credits of core courses plus the M.Sc. thesis (12 credits). However, the actual courses required are at the discretion of program supervisors; often the number of credits required ranges between 36 and 42.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Science
- Specialization: Population and Public Health
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Research focus

Epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, community health, global health, health services management and planning, health services research, health-care policy, occupational and environmental health, and preventive medicine and health promotion.

Related Study Areas

The program enables students to gain core knowledge and skills in epidemiology and biostatistics methods, health services and policy research, or population health to develop research experience by applying these methodologies to a research project under the supervision of a supervisory committee.

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This fully online (international onshore students are required to study the course on-campus), multidisciplinary degree is designed for health professionals seeking to develop their skills and knowledge in public health, while continuing to work. Read more
This fully online (international onshore students are required to study the course on-campus), multidisciplinary degree is designed for health professionals seeking to develop their skills and knowledge in public health, while continuing to work. If you already work in public health, or want to move into this field, this course can prepare you for advancement in your organisation or field, providing you with practical skills and helping you to broaden your knowledge and skill set.

You will gain a thorough grounding in the major areas of public health and also have the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest. In your first year you will undertake a number of core units including epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion, health policy, public health nutrition and climate change. In your second year you will choose one of the following streams to specialise in:

-Applied epidemiology and biostatistics: epidemiology, geographic information systems, epidemiology of infectious diseases and advanced applied biostatistics
-Public health: public health nutrition practice, organisation of healthcare systems, epidemiology of infectious diseases and health partnerships, politics and power
-Health promotion: health promotion method, health promotion in challenging contexts, evaluation of health promotion, health promotion, media and advocacy
-Health policy and management: organisational ad healthcare system, leadership in healthcare, introduction to health economics, health planning and evaluation

In your second year you will also have the opportunity to carry out research under the guidance of an academic supervisor. You can choose between two research pathways. The first is a 50-credit research project, which you combine with two optional units. For the full list of units, please refer to the Curtin Handbook. The second pathway is more research intensive and comprises a 100-credit research dissertation related to your employment or area of interest.

Master of Public Health students come from a variety of fields, including medicine, nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, pharmacy, dentistry, biomedical and lab-based sciences, nutrition, occupational therapy, occupational health, environmental health, health promotion, statistics and management, among others. 



As a graduate, you may work in a number of fields, including health administration, health protection and health promotion. You may work in the public sector or with non-government organisations, such as the Heart Foundation, the Cancer Council, Red Cross, research institutes, universities and with international bodies like the World Health Organization.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Applicants who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Public Health or Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health or equivalent may apply for CRL.

Applicants with at least two years’ post-bachelor work experience may apply for up to one semester (100 credits) of CRL.

How this course will make you industry ready

-The curriculum is designed from a global public health perspective. You will be collaborating with peers from all over the world.
-There are a number of study options available including fully online, full-time or part-time study.
-You will acquire important knowledge and skills, which will benefit you from day one and help you make a difference in your current role.
-You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced teaching staff.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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This Master of Public Health course is offered by coursework and dissertation. Students can choose to pursue one of two specialisations offered - Public Health Practice, or Research Methods. Read more

Introduction

This Master of Public Health course is offered by coursework and dissertation. Students can choose to pursue one of two specialisations offered - Public Health Practice, or Research Methods.

Course description, features and facilities

Both specialisations offered within this course will provide graduates with a suitable background and generalist qualification for a career in public health research or practice.

The course provides a foundation in the research discipline of epidemiology, biostatistics, qualitative research methods, health economics and health promotion, as well as the broader social context in which public health programs are planned, delivered and evaluated.

Structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2016 or 2017.

Take all units (30 points):

S1, S2 PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
S1 PUBH4403 Epidemiology I
S2 PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health
S2 PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics
S1 PUBH5754 Health Promotion I

Practice specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

S2 PUBH5758 Public Health Practicum (24 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Group A

S1, S2 PUBH5712 Dissertation (full-time) (24 points)
S1, S2 PUBH5714 Dissertation (part-time) (24 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:

Group B

NS AHEA5755 Aboriginal Health
S2 PAED4401 Research Conduct and Ethics
S1 PUBH5751 Disease Prevention in Population Health
NS PUBH5757 Clinical Epidemiology
NS PUBH5759 Epidemiology II
NS PUBH5761 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
S1 PUBH5763 Leadership and Management of Health Services
S2 PUBH5769 Biostatistics II
S1 PUBH5783 Health in an Era of Environmental Change
N/A PUBH5784 Special Topics in Public Health
NS PUBH5785 Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data
NS PUBH5801 Economic Evaluation of Health Care
NS PUBH5802 Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data
NS PUBH5804 Food and Nutrition in Population Health
N/A PUBH5805 Qualitative Research Methods in Health
NS RMED4403 Health Program Evaluation

Research Methods specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

S2 PAED4401 Research Conduct and Ethics
NS PUBH5759 Epidemiology II
S2 PUBH5769 Biostatistics II
N/A PUBH5805 Qualitative Research Methods in Health

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Group A

S1, S2 PUBH5712 Dissertation (full-time) (24 points)
S1, S2 PUBH5714 Dissertation (part-time) (24 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:

Group B

NS AHEA5755 Aboriginal Health
S1 PUBH5751 Disease Prevention in Population Health
NS PUBH5757 Clinical Epidemiology
NS PUBH5761 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
S1 PUBH5763 Leadership and Management of Health Services
S1 PUBH5783 Health in an Era of Environmental Change
N/A PUBH5784 Special Topics in Public Health
NS PUBH5785 Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data
NS PUBH5801 Economic Evaluation of Health Care
NS PUBH5802 Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data
NS PUBH5804 Food and Nutrition in Population Health
NS RMED4403 Health Program Evaluation

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Biostatistics is the science of analyzing and interpreting biomedical data. As a discipline it is driven by a strong interaction between problems from biomedical research and rigorous mathematical analysis. Read more
Biostatistics is the science of analyzing and interpreting biomedical data. As a discipline it is driven by a strong interaction between problems from biomedical research and rigorous mathematical analysis. Complex scientific challenges require the development of new and appropriate statistical methods. Currently such challenges emerge, for example, in environmental and infectious disease epidemiology, personalized and evidence-based medicine and molecular life sciences, especially genomics, proteomics, epigenomics.

The Master Program in Biostatistics of the Univeristy of Zurich is specialized master program, hence it is a useful and direct continuation of a bachelor degree in all fields that include quantitative aspects, e.g. mathematics, physics, biology, computer science etc. Students interested and talented in logical reasoning, quantitative analysis, interdisciplinary science and research in the life sciences in general are suitable candidates for the program.

The program is based on the cooperation between the Institute of Mathematics in the Faculty of Science and the Division of Biostatistics of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine. This broad basis allows to offer an education which provides graduates besides a classical training in biostatistics with a vast perspective on statistical approaches and challenges in the life sciences. It is the only - to date - specialized program for the training of biostatisticians in Switzerland. The entire program is taught in English.

Applications are expected by September 15 of the previous year for the spring semester and by February 15 of the same year for the fall semester. Single documents that are not available before the application deadline can be filed subsequently. It is recommended to start the program in the fall semester. See the website for necessary documents.

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Biostatistics, a concentration within the Professional Science major, leading to a Master of Science, provides training in statistical methods that can be applied to biomedical and health-related fields. Read more
Biostatistics, a concentration within the Professional Science major, leading to a Master of Science, provides training in statistical methods that can be applied to biomedical and health-related fields. These methods involve using mathematics to solve real-world problems that influence health. Statistical areas of study include clinical trials, experimental design, categorical and longitudinal data analysis, and survival analysis. The M.S. in Professional Science combines the business management skills commonly found in the traditional M.B.A.-type program with advanced learning in specific science fields. The program consists of 21 hours of concentration-specific courses and 15 core hours in pre-defined business courses. Students complete a 250-hour internship, typically just before or during their final semester, instead of a thesis and comprehensive exams.

The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science includes a business core with specific concentrations in Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.

The two-year master’s degree in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) was initially started with support by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The interdisciplinary program is a partnership of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, and the Jennings A. Jones College of Business.

Career

Reports from the Department of Labor indicate an increasing demand for individuals with master's level training with a specialty in science. MTSU is home to the only Master of Science in Professional Science program in Tennessee and prepares "business savvy scientists" for the 21st century job market. Biostatistics master’s graduates will ideally work as biostatisticians in professional settings including health care agencies; governmental agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency; and the pharmaceutical industry.

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Emory University School of Medicine
Lifepoint Hospitals
Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Tribal Epidemiology Center
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

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This exciting new course is designed to equip future scientists with the knowledge to make a difference in the understanding and treatment of cancer. Read more
This exciting new course is designed to equip future scientists with the knowledge to make a difference in the understanding and treatment of cancer. The course will take the mechanistic understanding of cancer biology and apply it to the analysis of risk, prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. Building on a foundation of the understanding of basic cancer cell biology, translational coverage will consider design of treatment modalities, mechanisms of action of anti-cancer drugs, therapy resistance and biomarker discovery. The course will allow the students to gain expertise and knowledge in therapy, cancer chemoprevention, anti-cancer target discovery, clinical trials, imaging, cancer risk and epidemiology and biostatistics. A key component of the course is a five/six-month research project, which will give students an opportunity to study one of these areas in depth.

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Epidemiology is the study of the distribution of diseases in populations and their underlying causes, and its application to disease prevention and control. Read more
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution of diseases in populations and their underlying causes, and its application to disease prevention and control.

The MSc in Epidemiology offers training in the methodology, design, conduct and interpretation of epidemiological studies on chronic and infectious diseases.

It is particularly suitable for students who wish to acquire skills in epidemiology and biostatistics and wish to get involved with research projects.

In the first term, all students follow a common core pathway covering epidemiological methods, biostatistics, and infectious and chronic disease epidemiology.

In the second term, you either continue your studies in a common pathway or follow a specialised stream in Biostatistics, Environmental and Chronic Disease Epidemiology, or Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

The third term consists of a research project.

Upon completion of this course, students usually develop an academic career by beginning a PhD or move on to work for public health organisations, pharmaceutical companies or non-governmental agencies.

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The Medical Statistics course is taught by experts from the School of Mathematics, the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Clinical Trials Research Unit at Leeds, each bringing a different perspective to the subject of medical statistics. Read more
The Medical Statistics course is taught by experts from the School of Mathematics, the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Clinical Trials Research Unit at Leeds, each bringing a different perspective to the subject of medical statistics.

The programme combines taught modules with a summer project, supervised between the teaching units and utilising existing links with individual clinicians and medical research groups in the University of Leeds, Leeds NHS trust, and the Department of Health’s Information Centre in Leeds.

The course covers modern developments in maths and statistics and provides the opportunity to undertake data analysis for a wide variety of statistical problems. It aims to build an appreciation of theoretical and practical perspectives on issues in medical statistics, whilst developing the ability to select and apply appropriate statistical methods for the analysis of medical data, using suitably chosen software packages.

Subjects studied may include; Introduction to Clinical Trials; Statistical Computing; Core Epidemiology; Introduction to Modelling; Linear Regression and Robustness; Generalised Linear Models and Survival Analysis; Time Series and Spectral Analysis

An MSc is the standard entry qualification for statistical careers in many medical and pharmaceutical areas. There are strong career opportunities in both government (NHS) and private sectors; statisticians are essential in medical/pharmaceutical research, in routine monitoring of health issues, and in understanding the changing population that needs medical attention.

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This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, is designed for health professionals currently in, or seeking to be in, middle and senior health care management positions. Read more
This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, is designed for health professionals currently in, or seeking to be in, middle and senior health care management positions. If you are seeking to expand your knowledge and skills in the management of health services, this degree caters for your needs. This includes medical or general hospital administrators, clinicians, quality assurance managers, team leaders, senior nursing administrators, unit managers and a range of general task coordinators within the health care system.

If you are working or planning to work in middle or senior management roles in health care, this course will help you prepare for and advance your career.

The course coordinator, Professor Just Stoelwinder, is one of Australia's most senior and respected health care managers and management and policy academics.

You will complete eight core and three elective units.

Core units include:

- clinical leadership and management
- financial issues in health care management
- introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
- principles of health care quality improvement
- foundations of health policy
- law for health systems
- reform and development of health services
- HSM case study.

Elective units include:

- human factors for patient safety
- applying and practising the principles of patient safety and quality improvement
- climate change and public health
- introduction to health economics
- nursing practice and management
- advanced nursing practice in context
- improving Indigenous equity in profession practice
- MPH code approved units (except units: MPH5020, MPH5301-5313).

You can exit the course early with a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management or a Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management if you meet the requirements.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/health-services-management-m6008?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in 2 parts. Part A Advanced Healthcare Administration and Management and Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives. All students complete Part A and B.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

Part A. Advanced Healthcare Administration and Management
These studies provide you with a comprehensive study of health services management and administration, enabling you to gain advanced skills and knowledge. This includes in areas of health system laws, clinical leadership and management, quality improvement, financial and information management, health policy and health services development.

Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives
These studies enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas that suit your interests, skills and career goals. The theoretical and practical skills you gain are consolidated through the completion of a case study, in which you focus on exploring in detail a complex health services management problem within your workplace or within a health care setting.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/medicine

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

The Faculty is also home to a number of leading medical and biomedical research institutes and groups, and has contributed to advances in many crucial areas: in vitro fertilisation, obesity research, drug design, cardiovascular physiology, functional genomics, infectious diseases, inflammation, psychology, neurosciences and mental health.

Notwithstanding the relatively short history of our University, the Faculty is ranked in the top 50 in the world for its expertise in life sciences and biomedicine by the Times Higher Education and QS World University 2012 benchmarks.

Courses offered by the Faculty include medicine, nursing, radiography and medical imaging, nutrition and dietetics,emergency health studies, biomedical sciences, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and social work. A range of research and coursework postgraduate programs is also offered.

The Faculty takes pride in delivering outstanding education in all courses, in opening students to the possibilities offered by newly discovered knowledge, and in providing a nurturing and caring environment.

Further details may be found at: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/about.html

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/health-services-management-m6008?domestic=true#making-the-application

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Delivered fully online, the course-based Master of Science (MSc) in One Health degree program is designed to equip veterinarians, animal scientists, medical doctors, health professionals and biological scientists with an in-depth understanding of the principles of, and issues associated with, One Health. Read more

Program Description

Delivered fully online, the course-based Master of Science (MSc) in One Health degree program is designed to equip veterinarians, animal scientists, medical doctors, health professionals and biological scientists with an in-depth understanding of the principles of, and issues associated with, One Health. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) is committed to a One Health approach to sectoral and multidisciplinary integrative mechanism to enable research aimed at sustainably reducing the burden of zoonoses. RUSVM’s geographical location in the Caribbean, its existing research focus on One Health, its experienced faculty and its global partnerships will allow students to gain a hands-on educational experience on one of the most topical global issues.

Zoonoses and other diseases affecting livestock production and health have serious impacts on the economic growth, health and food security and alleviation of poverty in tropical and resource constrained countries. Students will have the opportunity to explore the complex interplay of altered environments and infectious diseases as an increasing threat to agriculture, public health and endangered/threatened species, on a global basis.

The MSc One Health degree program requires 41 credits ( based on guidelines from the United States Department of Education), obtained through coursework and a project, leading to the submission of a thesis. Students are required to undertake specified core courses amounting to 23 credits. The MSc program is delivered over 1 year on a full-time basis as well as part-time over 2 or 3 years.

Course Structure

• Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics (5 cr.)
• Public Policy Formulation & Implementation (3 cr.)
• Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3 cr.)
• Research project design (1 cr.)
• Conservation medicine/ecosystem health (5 cr.)
• Zoonoses (intersection between human and animal health) (3 cr.)
• Surveillance and diagnostic methods (3 cr.)

The program also includes a research project/Mini Dissertation (15 cr.) and a 1-week residential in St Kitts (1cr.) as well as electives (dependent on availability) such as animal health program management (2 cr.), safety of foods of animal origin (2 cr.), disaster management (2 cr.).

Learning Outcomes

The MSc One Health degree program is designed to provide the skills and preparation needed for careers in a broad range of environments. The flexible program of study has particular strengths in:
• Tropical animal health and diseases
• The intersection of animal health and human health
• Epidemiology
• Conservation medicine
• Food safety
• Policy Formulation
• Leadership
• research and diagnostic methods
• the interface between domestic animals and wildlife

On completion of the degree program the student will have gained knowledge, research skills and research experience in topics relevant to the broad field of One Health. The program provides graduates the background and experience to assess, investigate and manage animal health and zoonotic disease risks, to design and execute targeted research in animal health, and to manage veterinary intervention in the prevention and control of animal disease. Within the program the student will have had the opportunity to focus on an area of interest, such as area disease control, vector borne diseases, zoonotic infections or conservation medicine.

Students will acquire and enhance intellectual skills in scientific assessment and research methodology, as well as practical skills in communication, organization and scientific writing.

Delivery

The taught component will be instructed by distance learning via eCollege®, our virtual learning environment. You will be taught by our faculty and specialist modules may be delivered by our partner institutions.
The research project may be carried out in St. Kitts and Nevis or in other locations, as appropriate, under the supervision of a RUSVM faculty member. The research component may be desk-based, lab-based or through fieldwork and will result in the submission of a thesis. A short residential component will allow the student cohort to share their perspective and dissertation work to the RUSVM research community.

Assessment

Assessment will be conducted through traditional and novel methods suited to an online delivery mode and will include, for example, essays, critical review of peer-reviewed articles, online tests and quizzes, blog writing, research proposal writing, research/fieldwork journal development, group discussions, group project work and social media interactions. The degree is based on certified completion of research training plus other designated projects and the completion of a thesis.

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The Affective Disorders course has been created for a broad spectrum of students and mental health professionals who are interested in specialist training from world-class experts. Read more
The Affective Disorders course has been created for a broad spectrum of students and mental health professionals who are interested in specialist training from world-class experts. You will study all aspects of affective disorders, ranging from their characterisation and assessment to the challenges of treating these debilitating conditions.

Come along to our Postgraduate Open Evening in Psychology, Mental Health and Neuroscience on Wed 1 Feb to discuss your study options with world-leaders in the field. Book your place now https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/postgraduate-taught-open-evening-health-subjects-tickets-29980971894

Key benefits

- Specialist careers for those interested in studying or researching the affective disorders.
- Valuable insight from those working in the field and those involved in internationally-acclaimed research on the causes and treatment of affective disorders.
- Clinical placements in key clinical services that treat patients with affective disorders.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/affective-disorders-msc.aspx

Course details

- Description

Affective disorders are also known as mood disorders and the main types include depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder.

This course will adopt a multidisciplinary approach by capitalising on the most recent findings from a range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines, such as psychiatry, psychology, genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology and biostatistics. You will be trained in the key scientific and methodological aspects of affective disorders, their care and related research. You will also gain transferable skills through a variety of tutorials and exercises.

- Contact time -

The expectation is that students should be available to attend throughout the working week.

- Course purpose

The purpose of our course is to meet the growing need for a graduate training programme that focuses exclusively on affective disorders. Affective Disorders course is accessible to a wide audience, but would be of particular interest to psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, related medical professionals and pharmaceutical scientists. It is especially suitable for health professionals who wish to refocus their career and specialise in Affective Disorders. It is equally suitable for health professionals who already work in a relevant field and wish to gain recognition for their expertise. Graduates who wish to pursue clinical psychology training, or research on the affective disorders may also be interested.

- Course format and assessment

For a full list of required and optional modules, study time and assessment criteria please visit the course details section of our website http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/affective-disorders-msc.aspx

Career prospects

Upon completion, you will have a solid understanding of the concepts, theories and practicalities, which are relevant to affective disorders. You may go on to enhanced careers in mental health as clinicians and/or policy makers, conduct further full-time study in an academic research environment (e.g. PhD) or in a taught clinical programme (e.g. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology), gain employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation. You may also enter scientific publishing.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/Masters-Scholarships.aspx

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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A competitive international MSc in Comparative Effectiveness Research offered in English in Paris by internationally renowned Professors from leading European universities. Read more
A competitive international MSc in Comparative Effectiveness Research offered in English in Paris by internationally renowned Professors from leading European universities

What is Comparative Effectiveness Research?

Clinical research has generated tremendous knowledge on diagnosis and treatment. However, it does not provide sufficient information to determine what treatment works best, for whom, and under which conditions. Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) addresses these issues by identifying the most effective interventions for specific patient groups. Comparative Effectiveness Research is a growing area of cutting-edge research that is elevated at the level of national initiative in the USA. Comparative Effectiveness Research is “the generation and synthesis of evidence that compares the benefits and harms of alternative methods to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor a clinical condition or to improve the delivery of care”.

An innovative approach

This is a unique opportunity for students to get a specialised Master in Comparative Effectiveness Research, a first of its kind in Europe, offered by top-level professors coming from Amsterdam University, Danube University, the University of Bern, Oxford University, Paris Descartes University, Paris Diderot University, Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Manchester, and York University. This new Master of Science is delivered in English and aims at international students who want to acquire interdisciplinary skills to evolve in the field of Comparative Effectiveness Research. The programme is limited to 30 students, a small group size that will allow professors to use highly interactive and innovative teaching methods including work in small groups. The goal of the programme is to acquire strong skills in methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

Career prospects

The following career paths could be pursued after the completion of the current Master’s programme: continuation into a PhD degree; joining research agencies (R&D), NGOs, think-tanks, government or international agencies working on health issues and many other professional opportunities.

The structure of the programme

The offered Master of Science in Comparative Effectiveness Research is a second-year course that is a part of a two-year Master in Public Health programme. This Master’s programme comprises 10 modules, which are delivered through a range of interactive learning strategies. The programme includes the latest methods and advances in the field of CER, epidemiology and biostatistics. Courses will include applied, hands-on sessions allowing the use of various epidemiological methods, statistical methods, analysis of various types of data and other. This research Master programme will start in October and finish in July. Upon the completion of formalised courses, the students will have to complete a 5-month internship. The awarding of the Master’s degree will depend on successful completion of the formalised courses and the thesis defence.

In addition to the international teaching settings the students will benefit from the vast professional network maintained by faculty members. In particular, the non-academic networks include the Cochrane Collaboration, the EQUATOR Network, the CONSORT Network, INSERM, and others. This Masters programme strives to strengthen via the internship the connection and the mutualisation of the research discoveries between the academic and non-academic partners. The latter encourages the acquisition of the transferable skills needed to succeed in a 21-century research setting and for the smooth transition to the professional world.

Courses Structure

October 3 – 7, 2016: Methods in randomised controlled trials I (General principles of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments) Mike Clarke – Isabelle Boutron

October 10 – 14, 2016: Methods in randomised controlled trials II (Specific designs: cluster, N of one, large simple trials) David Torgerson – Philippe Ravaud

October 17 – 21, 2016: R-programme Gabriel Baron – Elodie Perrodeau

October 24 – 28, 2016: Methods in diagnostic tests, biomarkers, and screening evaluation Patrick Bossuyt – Martin Chalumeau – Jérémie Cohen

October 31 - November 4, 2016: Methods of observational studies in CER Romain Pirracchio - Sylvie Chevret

November 7 - 11, 2016: Methods in systematic reviews and meta-analysis I (Systematic review of randomised trials, individual patient data meta-analysis) Sally Hopewell – Agn è s Dechartres

November 14 – 18, 2016: Methods in systematic reviews and meta-analysis II (Systematic review of observational studies, system. review of diagnostic tests) Mariska Leeflang - Matthieu Resche - Rigon

November 21 - 25, 2016: Network meta-analysis Georgia Salanti – Ludovic Trinquart

November 28 - December 2, 2016: CER and personalised or stratified medicine Gary Collins - Raphaël Porcher

December 5 - 9, 2016: Routinely collected data in CER (Embedded trials; Analysis of large scale data sets) Tjeerd - Pieter Van Staa – Jérôme Lambert

December 12 - 16, 2016: CER case studies Gerald Gartlehner – Philippe Ravaud

January - July 2017: Exams, internship and thesis write-up

ECTS

60 ECTS per year

Programme directors

Philippe Ravaud, Professor of Epidemiology, Paris Descartes University
Isabelle Boutron, Professor of Epidemiology, Paris Descartes University

Course location

Columbia Global Centers|Europe|Paris Reid Hall 4 rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris

For more information please visit: http://www.masterCER.com

Application deadline 25 June 2016



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This course has run since 2011, previously being integrated with the MPhil TMAT courses and taken part-time over two years. It is being re-launched in 2015 as a full-time one year course, based in the Cambridge Institute of Public Health’s Department of Public Health and Primary Care. Read more
This course has run since 2011, previously being integrated with the MPhil TMAT courses and taken part-time over two years. It is being re-launched in 2015 as a full-time one year course, based in the Cambridge Institute of Public Health’s Department of Public Health and Primary Care. More than half of the curriculum is shared with the MPhils in Public Health and Epidemiology. The aim of the course is to provide students with theoretical knowledge and skills as well as practical research experience to launch an academic clinical career in primary care.

The course draws on local strengths in working with large databases, primary care-based clinical trials and a wide range of other appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses. Throughout the course students are able to draw on the research expertise within the Institute of Public Health and wider expertise in the University.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/cvphmppcr

Course detail

The aim of the course is to provide students with theoretical knowledge and skills as well as practical research experience to launch an academic clinical career in primary care. Specifically, the course aims to:

1. Contribute to the commitment of the Cambridge University Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust (CUHNHSFT), Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust/ Clinical Commissioning Group and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to continuing professional development of NHS staff in an integrated academic and clinical environment;
2. Develop a cadre of primary care clinical research leaders who will pursue clinical Academic careers within academia, the NHS and industry;
3. Contribute to the commitment of the Health Education East of England to continuing professional development of GP Specialty Trainees in an integrated academic and clinical environment;
4. Expand critical and current knowledge of research methodologies through an academically vigorous education programme offered in a world-leading primary care clinical research environment;
5. Equip clinical researchers with knowledge about the complex issues associated with conducting sound translational research in general practice and community settings.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this programme successfully will have gained an understanding of the primary care research context, including the distinctive nature and contribution of primary care research, and the contribution of key underpinning methods. Specifically, graduates will possess a grounding in primary care-relevant epidemiological, psychological, sociological and health services research methods, statistical methods and data analyses including surveys, trials and evidence synthesis. Upon successful completion each student will be able to apply contemporary research tools to clinically relevant areas of investigation in primary care.

Successful completion of the MPhil will also equip students with the skills and knowledge defined by the Academy of Medical Sciences’ Supplementary Guidelines for the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) for Specialty Registrars undertaking joint clinical and academic training programmes (September 2011).

Michaelmas Term

This term focuses on epidemiological and biostatistical principles and procedures. Teaching sessions during this term will be shared with students from the MPhils in Epidemiology and Public Health course. The teaching in this term also includes training in basic data handling and analysis using the statistical package Stata.

The three modules are:

- Epidemiology
- Biostatistics
- Data handling and appraisal

During this term you will also complete an essay on the epidemiology of a chosen condition in a primary care population. This essay is a formal part of the MPhil examination and will contribute to your final mark. You should also begin to research an appropriate topic for your MPhil thesis. You should discuss this proposal with you Course Supervisor to assess the suitability of the topic and the availability of relevant data.

There will also be an assessment based on the epidemiological component of the first term. This assessment is informal and does not count towards your degree. The assessment provides your Course Supervisor and Course Directors with a guide to your progress. A guideline answer sheet will be provided at the end of the assessment.

Lent Term

This term includes modular-based lectures and seminars in more advanced aspects of epidemiological research and public health which are shared with students from the MPhils in Epidemiology and Public Health, and specific modules on Primary Care Research not shared with other MPhil students.

Modules shared with the MPhils in Epidemiology and Public Health:

- Health Policy
- Social Science
- Chronic disease epidemiology
- Genetic epidemiology and Public health genomics
- Health Promotion

Primary Care Research modules:

- Introduction to Primary Care Research
- Use of routine data in Primary Care
- Designing, delivering and analysing surveys in primary care
- Qualitative research

Please note some modules may move from term to term.

During this term you will also complete a second essay which should take the form of a protocol for your thesis research. This essay is a formal part of the MPhil examination and will contribute to your final mark. Before starting your protocol, the title of your thesis should be agreed with you Course and Thesis Supervisor. Both you Course and Thesis Supervisor should sign the thesis title form confirming the title. All students must have a designated Thesis Supervisor (in some cases this individual may also be the Course Supervisor).

Easter Term

This term includes a small number of modular-based lectures and seminars again shared with students from the MPhils in Epidemiology and Publich Health.

- Clinical Trials
- Health Economics
- Ethics and Law

The remainder of the term is dedicated to revision for the written examinations in June and thesis work. The term ends on the last business day of July 2016 with the hand-in of the thesis. If you leave the UK, you must be prepared to travel back to Cambridge for an oral examination, if required.

Assessment

A thesis not exceeding 20,000 words in length, including footnotes, but excluding tables, appendices, and bibliography, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculties of Clinical Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

Two essays, each not exceeding 3,000 words in length, on subjects approved by the Degree Committee

Two written papers, each of which may cover all the areas of study prescribed in the syllabus.

The course components are completed by the end of July. However, to complete the course, students will be required to attend a viva in person on a date (to be announced) in late August or early September.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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There is an increasing demand for highly trained public health specialists in Ireland and abroad to tackle major public health issues including health inequalities, communicable diseases, international health development, obesity and smoking. Read more
There is an increasing demand for highly trained public health specialists in Ireland and abroad to tackle major public health issues including health inequalities, communicable diseases, international health development, obesity and smoking. University College Cork (UCC) is meeting this need by offering an online Master of Public Health designed to offer multi-disciplinary academic and experiential development, whatever your professional background.

Our online Master of Public Health will arm you with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a real difference in public health. The programme emphasises the use of evidence-based healthcare and practice, enabling participants to put public health principles into effect in both research and professional contexts.

After completing the programme you will be able to:
• Critically analyse theories and issues related to public health
• Construct arguments around the social, political and economic factors determining the health of populations
• Demonstrate competence in the key underpinning disciplines and theories of public health, including epidemiology and communicable diseases
• Demonstrate enhanced knowledge in specific public health areas, including health promotion, health protection, epidemiology and biostatistics in public health
• Employ a range of appropriate research and analysis methods with confidence and expertise

Why pursue your Master of Public Health at UCC?

● UCC is a leading centre of research into multiple areas of public health
● A significant portion of MPH graduates successfully submit work for international publication
● Direct contact with multi-discipline public health and epidemiology researchers
● Exposure to integrative research, both qualitative and quantitative
● Coursework has a strong international public health focus

About Us

University College Cork (UCC) is dedicated to ensuring its students are the very best they can be; a promise underpinned by its award-winning teaching techniques, cutting-edge research credentials and long history of independent thinking from mathematical genius George Boole and beyond. Everyone at UCC, from the lecturers to the administrative staff, is committed to supporting the students, giving them the fuel to fulfil their potential and shape the world we live in. After completing a programme at UCC, students are not just work ready, but world ready.

Accreditation

Rankings and Awards
• Ranked in top 2% of universities worldwide, based on the quality of its research and peer esteem
• Ireland’s first five-star university (QS Stars 2011)
• Consistently strong performance in a number of global rankings:
- CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015: now holds the 16th position in Europe and 52nd position worldwide.
- U-Multirank rankings (March 2015): UCC was the top performing university internationally, based on obtaining the highest number of ‘A’ scores.
- QS World University Rankings by Subject (April 2015): 13 subject areas featuring in the top tier globally and Pharmacy & Pharmacology listed within the top 50 worldwide.
• The only Irish university to be awarded University of the Year by The Sunday Times four times, including one in 2016.

Online Graduate Programmes

UCC’s online programmes have been developed to provide both research-led and practical-based learning to give students the skills and confidence they need to succeed in a real-world environment. UCC recently launched an online version of its successful Master of Public Health that turns a passion for the health and well-being of populations into a dynamic, transferable skillset, which can be applied to a growing number of public health careers.

Career Outlook

Through its Master of Public Health programme, UCC prepares students for a diverse range of public, non-profit and academic-based positions, giving them the experience they need to fulfil their potential and excel in a career in public health on a national or international level.

Unique Opportunities

University College Cork is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, based on the quality of its research, with UCC researchers collaborating with 700 of the world’s top universities, across 110 countries.

Why We Love UCC

University College Cork is dedicated to delivering innovative online programmes with the same level of engagement, research-focus and teaching commitment as campus-based programmes, giving time-pressed professionals an opportunity to ignite their future careers.

Student Reviews

“I have been exposed to a diverse range of public health issues, many of which I would never have previously considered, but now fascinate me. One of the main strengths of this course is its multidisciplinary approach which is taught at such a high level by experts in research and practice.”
Mr. Declan Whelan Curtin

“This masters uncovered my interest in research and formed the foundations for a future career in public health”
Mr. Martin Davoren

Entry Requirements

Prospective students must satisfy the following:

•Students accepted in the course would normally be expected to hold an Honours primary degree in a relevant subject (minimum Second Class Honours) or an Honours primary degree in any discipline (minimum Second Class Honours) and either possess a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field or show evidence of at least two years’ work experience in a relevant field.
•The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health course is open to registered health care professionals in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health care disciplines or applicants who hold a relevant primary degree. Applicants must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. the Irish Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (active registration) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland). Applicants not registered with one of the above professional bodies must provide evidence of level 8 qualification in a relevant health care discipline.
•Candidates whose first language is not English must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with scores in no individual sections less than 6.0.
•All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide evidence of either current professional registration or primary degree. In all cases, decisions will be based on qualifications and quality of application.

Exemptions at point of entry:

Holders of the Postgraduate Certificates in Health Protection (CKU02/CKU13), the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (CKW19/CKW20), will be exempt from certain modules on the programme if passed as part of the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma examination and if he/she undertakes the MPH within 60 months from the date of successful completion of the aforementioned qualifications.

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