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Course content

This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is based at the Institute of Child Health, which occupies a unique position in UK paediatrics because of its strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and UCL.

Degree information

The Community Child Health pathway aims to help participants develop the public health skills central to community child health practice. You will build an awareness of current and future developments in community child health and gain the skills necessary to critically appraise practice and policy, and undertake independent research if the full MSc is taken.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 9 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits) and five optional modules (75 credits). A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 1 year, flexible 1-2 years) is offered. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits) and one optional module (15 credits).

Core modules
-Evidence-based Child Health
-Research Methodology and Statistics
-Epidemiology for Child Health

Optional modules include
-Leadership and Professional Development
-Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
-Specialist Paediatrics I
-Specialist Paediatrics II
-Teaching and Learning in Medical Education
-Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
-Healthy Child Programme 0–18 years
-Disability
-Safeguarding Children and Children in Society
-Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
-Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
-Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology
-Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and research project supervision. Assessment is through a combination of multiple choice questions and short-answer question examinations, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios, critical appraisal of literature and, if the full MSc is taken, the dissertation, including an oral presentation.

Careers

This pathway provides the skills necessary to become a community health practitioner. Graduates will be able to assess the need for child health services and planning of services, and understand the rationale and organisation of preventive child health services and the relationship between social conditions and health.

Employability
Students on this pathway will have learnt valuable academic and clinical skills in community practice and will be able to use these in their everyday working environment. Graduates based in the UK continue in their career pathway in community child health.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Child Health pursues an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood diseases. Our research and our educational portfolio covers a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences, and our structure facilitates interdisciplinary work and allows flexibility for the development of new areas of investigation.

Our close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

Visit the Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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