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This interdisciplinary programme introduces health informatics in the context of international health systems and global health challenges, supported by specialist courses covering areas such as public health informatics, telehealthcare and mHealth. Read more

Programme description

This interdisciplinary programme introduces health informatics in the context of international health systems and global health challenges, supported by specialist courses covering areas such as public health informatics, telehealthcare and mHealth.

The term eHealth describes a diverse field concerned with the application of ICT to support the organisation and delivery of healthcare services and to enable citizens to manage their own health and wellness.

eHealth has become a priority area for the international healthcare sector and is attracting considerable global investment. This interdisciplinary programme introduces eHealth in the context of international health systems and global health challenges, supported by specialist courses covering areas such as public health informatics, telehealthcare and mHealth.

It is aimed at a wide audience, including health professionals, policymakers, NGOs, researchers, eHealth vendors and ICT practitioners. The programme is unique in addressing the topic from a truly international perspective, including a consideration of low and medium income economies.

Online learning

Our online learning environment is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with classmates and tutors from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

Courses include:

Introduction to Global eHealth
Introduction to Health Informatics
The Ethics and Governance of eHealth
Telemedicine and Telehealth
The Business of eHealth
mHealth in High and Low Resource Settings
Global Health Challenges
User-centred Design
Public Health Informatics
Project Management

In the final phase of the programme students are be assessed on the basis of a structured research dissertation, based on a piece of original empirical research using a range of methods suited to the technology context and questions under investigation.

Postgraduate Professional Development

If you are looking for a shorter course option, or are unsure if online postgraduate study is for you, we offer online credit-bearing courses. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses through our Postgraduate Professional Development scheme. These credits will be recognised in their own right at postgraduate level, or may be put towards gaining a higher award, such as a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Learning outcomes

The programme is focused on eHealth applications, delivery, research and policy and does not provide training in technical aspects of software design.

Career opportunities

Academic and commercial research in eHealth
eHealth industry - design, development
Aid agencies/NGOs - eHealth deployments and evaluation
Governments and health providers - eHealth policy and management
International Agencies - eHealth policy, analysis, delivery

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Public Health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society. Whether you are already a working professional in this area, or new to the subject, this Master of Public Health (MPH) is the ideal programme for those wishing to address today’s problems in public health. Read more

Programme description

Public Health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society. Whether you are already a working professional in this area, or new to the subject, this Master of Public Health (MPH) is the ideal programme for those wishing to address today’s problems in public health.

Our MPH programme provides students with an understanding of how different scientific disciplines can be used to investigate and then develop the best professional practice in epidemiology, public health and the social science of health.

After successful completion of year one, you can choose to follow a general Public Health programme or a programme specialising in the important global health area of Noncommunicable Diseases.

This programme is taught by lecturers based at the University of Edinburgh's Usher Institute, which is part of the Edinburgh Medical School. The Usher Institute is an interdisciplinary research and teaching hub which draws together researchers, clinicians and practitioners from public health, primary care and biomedical and social sciences. The Centre for Population Health Sciences, within the Usher Institute, is also a WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy, an interdisciplinary network which aims to improve global health through collaborative, interdisciplinary research, education and resource development.

Programme structure

You can study to Masters, Diploma, or Certificate level. All students follow the same compulsory Year One Certificate-level courses, which provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of public health, whilst a suite of elective courses and a specialist strand in noncommunicable diseases offer students the opportunity to explore areas of interest in more depth and to tailor the programme to their own learning needs and career goals.

Year One (Certificate)

All students take the following compulsory courses:

Epidemiology for Health Professionals (20 credits)
Health Systems Analysis (20 credits)
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (10 credits)
Introduction to Health Promotion (10 credits)

Year Two (Diploma)

If you have satisfactorily completed the Certificate level, you can decide whether you want to follow a general Public Health programme or a more specialist programme in Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases). Regardless of which path you decide to follow, if you would like to do a dissertation, the following courses are compulsory:
•Research Skills for Public and Global Health (10 credits)
•Introduction to Systematic Reviews (10 credits)

Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma Public Health

Students planning to do a dissertation in Year Three should choose elective courses totalling exactly 40 credits. At least 20 credits must be chosen from the elective courses list A (see below). Students not planning to do a dissertation should choose elective courses totalling exactly 60 credits. At least 40 credits must be chosen from the elective courses list A (see below).

Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases)

The following courses are compulsory for all students following the Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases) programme:
•Introduction to Global Health (10 credits)
•Globalisation and Non-Communicable Diseases (10 credits)

Students following the Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases) programme and not planning to do a dissertation should choose exactly 20 credits from either list A or list B of elective courses below.

Year Three (Masters)

Students who have completed the Diploma level and are eligible to progress to Year Three can choose either to take a further 60 credits of elective courses (at least 40 of which must be chosen from the elective courses list A) or to do a dissertation project (if agreed by the programme directors), worth 60 credits. The dissertation option will only be available to students who have met the stipulated academic requirements.

Students who complete the Masters degree successfully will graduate with one of the following degree titles, depending on which strand they have selected:
•Master Public Health
•Master Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases)

Elective courses

List A:
•Project Management for Effective Global Public Health Programmes (10 credits)
•Introduction to Global Health (10 credits)
•Globalisation and Non-Communicable Diseases (10 credits)
•Public Health Epidemiology (10 credits)
•Intermediate Epidemiology (10 credits)
•Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (10 credits)
•The Global Burden of Mental Illness (10 credits)
•Palliative and End of Life Care in an International Context (10 credits)
•The Burden of Diabetes in the Developing World - Epidemiology to Strategic Management (10 credits)
•Family Medicine in Developing and Emerging Economy Health Care and its Role in Non-Communicable Disease Management (10 credits)
•HIV and Non Communicable Diseases (10 credits)
•Cultivating communities of practice: leadership and management within multi-disciplinary teams (20 credits)
•Investing in Global Health and Development (10 credits)
•Research Skills for Public and Global Health (10 credits)
•Introduction to Systematic Reviews (10 credits)
•Data Analysis (10 credits)
•Statistical Modelling (10 credits)
•Societies, Reproduction and Health (10 credits)

List B:
•Maternal Health (10 credits)
•Global Health Challenges: An Introduction (20 credits)
•Child Development and Wellbeing in a Global Context (10 credits)
•Neglected Tropical Diseases (10 credits)
•Emerging Infectious Diseases (10 credits)
•The Communication of Disease Control (10 credits)
•Water and Sanitation (10 credits)
•Principles and Practice in Public Engagement with Science (10 credits)
•Introduction to Clinical Trials (20 credits)
•An introduction to One Health (20 credits)
•Physical Activity for Health (20 credits)
•Introduction to Global eHealth (10 credits)
•Public Health Informatics (10 credits)
•mHealth in High and Low Resource Settings (10 credits)

Career opportunities

The programme will prepare you for a career in research or academia, professional public health service, clinical epidemiology, health technology assessment, public-health protection and a wide range of national and international organisations concerned with preventing disease and improving the health of populations.

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Our MSc Delivering Quality Healthcare programme has been created for experienced healthcare professionals and is designed to empower you to operate at an advanced level within your field. Read more
Our MSc Delivering Quality Healthcare programme has been created for experienced healthcare professionals and is designed to empower you to operate at an advanced level within your field.

The programme is informed by the current healthcare agenda and aims to support and drive future change, striving for integrated and higher quality care.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare.

The curriculum of this programme reinforces the need for professionals to demonstrate improvement in their care delivery through high-level, expert knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the context of healthcare management and delivery.

Staff in the School of Health Sciences are motivated to support students to meet the challenges they face in their practice with a solution-focussed approach, utilising the existing evidence base whilst demonstrating creativity in their own research approaches.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The full-time non-endorsed programme is studied over one academic year. The endorsed part time programmes are studied over five academic years (60 months). The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Core Modules

-Decisions, Judgements and Risks
-Dissertation
-Leadership and Innovation
-Research Design and Methodology
-Transforming Services for Quality
-Delivering Quality Healthcare (full-time) core modules
-Enabling Individuals to Achieve Health, Wellbeing and Independence
-Evidence Based Practice
-Fundamentals of eHealth
-Fundamentals in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Pathway Modules

-Acutely ill patient
-Care of the Acutely Ill Patient
-Complex Health Assessment

Cancer and Older People
-Cancer in Society
-Understanding the Complexities of Caring for the Older Person

Cancer
-Cancer in Society
-Challenges in Pain Management

ehealth
-Fundamentals of e-Health
-Innovation and Practice Development in Long-Term Conditions

Long Term Conditions
-Leading and Managing Long Term Conditions
-Innovation and Practice Development in Long-Term Conditions

Maternal, Child and Family Health
-Women’s Health and Wellbeing
Or
-Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
And
-High Risk Midwifery
Or
-Enabling Individuals to Achieve Health, Wellbeing and Independence

Older People
-Understanding the Complexities of Caring for the Older Person
-Developing Skills and Supporting Quality Dementia Care in the Acute Environment

Paramedic Practitioner
-Evidencing Your Practice
-Complex Health Assessment
-Leading and Managing Long-Term Conditions
-Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries

Patient Safety
-Fundamentals in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
-Innovations in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Optional Modules

-Cancer in Society
-Care of the Acutely Ill Patient
-Challenges in Pain Management
-Complex Health Assessment
-Developing Skills and Supporting Quality Dementia Care in the Acute Environment
-Enabling Individuals to Achieve Health, Wellbeing and Independence
-Evidencing Your Practice
-Fundamentals of e-Health
-Fundamentals in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
-High Risk Midwifery
-Innovation and Practice Development in Long-Term Conditions
-Innovations in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
-Leading and Managing Long-Term Conditions
-Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries
-Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
-Understanding the Complexities of Caring for the Older Person
-Women’s Health and Wellbeing

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The aim of this programme is to equip and empower students to develop the knowledge and skills to help address the challenges for contemporary integrated healthcare delivery through research and innovative ways of working.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding
-Evaluate and critically explore complex problems in order to apply relevant knowledge and skills to develop solution focussed approaches
-Critically analyse and demonstrate an ability to interpret research evidence and data in order to communicate health care information into the practice setting effectively
-Demonstrate and apply deep knowledge and understanding relevant to their area of practice

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Critically evaluate, challenge and apply relevant health policy to their own area of practice
-Demonstrate consideration of relevant ethical principles
-Apply contemporary thinking and analytical skills when analysing the existing evidence base
-Critically evaluate research and methodological approaches taken within the existing evidence available
-Defend originality in their own research work to complement the existing evidence base

Professional practical skills
-Demonstrate the utilisation of innovative approaches to health care within their own area of practice to engender a progressive culture
-Utilise a range of analytical and influencing skills including emotional intelligence, to demonstrate effective leadership
-Effectively address complex and challenging issues to make sound, informed and appropriate judgements in their practice

Key / transferable skills
-Synthesise information effectively to inform health care practices
-Demonstrate and utilise critical awareness to improve health care
-Initiate change and development in their current practice, engaging in the inter-professional arena to facilitate reflective learning in the wider health care team

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) supervises postgraduate research students in a wide range of population health disciplines, including epidemiology… Read more

Research profile

The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) supervises postgraduate research students in a wide range of population health disciplines, including epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, health promotion, health services research, medical statistics, molecular epidemiology and sociology and on a wide range of topics including allergic and respiratory disease, clinical trial and statistics methodology, eHealth, ethnicity and health, genetic epidemiology of complex diseases, global health, palliative care and cancer, society and health and families and relationships.

A principal aim is to foster interdisciplinary research involving quantitative and qualitative approaches via effective collaboration with biomedical scientists, epidemiologists, social scientists and clinical researchers throughout the University and beyond.

Prospective students are encouraged to align their research proposal with one of the Centre's main areas of research and with the research interests of academic members of staff who may act as first supervisors.

Training and support

Postgraduate students will have agreed a set of taught courses with their supervisors at the beginning of the period of study.

These should include generic research-skills training and project-specific courses.

Students are also expected to attend a majority of CPHS seminars.

Facilities

The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) brings together researchers active in population health science research, including public health and primary care.

Within the school the CPHS academic staff play a large role in research project supervision.

There are also links with the Institute of Genes and Molecular Medicine and the Queen's Medical Research Institute.

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