The global burden of disease and challenges of safe and accessible health services means that more than ever we need to be developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based healthcare in highly complex situations.
This programme has been designed to give you the skills and knowledge to enact meaningful change and gain a comprehensive grounding in health services research methods as a platform for developing a career as a health researcher.
It is suitable for those from a wide variety of backgrounds including:
Science, mathematics and social science graduates
Academic clinical fellows
Healthcare professionals wishing to develop their research skills
You will be taught by the leading international experts and authors in complex interventions research methods. Topics such as patient and public involvement, collaborative working, evidence-based practice, complex interventions, health economics, clinical trials and medical statistics will provide a common thread that runs throughout the programme.
Previous topics that students have chosen for independent study include:
Exploring facilitators and barriers of patients’ trust in clinical pharmacists in Primary Care.
Improving the physical health monitoring of patients taking Clozepine.
Intravenous antimicrobial therapy in the home.
Effectiveness of group psychological interventions in reducing the burden for caregivers of patients with dementia residing in the community.
The programme has been designed to be flexible and well-defined with four integrated and mandatory modules (each 30 Masters level credits) plus a dissertation (60 Masters level credits) that can be studied on a part-time or full-time basis.
Some examples of recent modules and the topics covered are as follows;
Core Concepts & Paradigms, which covered;
Health services & systems;
Qualitative and quantitative research;
Patient and public involvement.
Implementation Science, which covered;
Diffusion of innovations;
Quality improvement and indicators;
Surveillance and intervention mapping
Environmental impact and sustainability.
Fundamentals of Health Services Research Methods, which covered;
Ethics and governance;
Outcome measures and survey design;
Qualitative methods; Statistics;
Modelling in Health and Social Care.
Advanced Health Services Methods which covered;
Observational study designs;
Clinical trials design (including feasibility and pilot studies);
Adapting methods to complex situation;
Process evaluation (qualitative, quantitative methods);
Statistics (advanced techniques);
Health economics (advanced);
Qualitative methods – secondary data analysis and qualitative synthesis
Designing a research protocol.
Please note constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website.