The burden of chronic disease in our society is growing, and innovative methods and highly trained individuals are needed to successfully tackle the problem from all sides. This vocational degree provides students with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding of facilitating, managing and supporting behaviour change at individual, group and population levels.
There is a need, in a range of public health settings, such as clinical, healthcare, social care or public health departments for highly skilled, autonomous and analytical employees specialising in the prevention, assessment and management of chronic diseases.
The MSc in Chronic Disease Management at St Mary’s University is rooted in developing your skills at promoting and supporting behaviour change, expanding your research expertise, equipping you to obtain a Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework Passport, and enhancing your ability to tackle chronic disease in individuals and through public bodies. This course is ideal for those looking to progress their career within their current organisation, or provide the vital skills and experience necessary to embark on a career working with individuals and groups to tackle chronic disease.
Why St Mary's?
The structure of the course embeds a work placement into the programme, allowing students to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience as they progress through their studies. This enables students to observe and work within a professional environment working in high level sport or clinical settings providing an insight into the demands of helping people to make lifestyle improvements in roles they may wish to fulfil upon graduating.
The degree is underpinned by a detailed understanding of theoretical and practical approaches to behaviour change, a detailed appreciation of public health frameworks, and lifestyle management including nutrition and physical activity to manage and prevent chronic disease. St Mary’s University maintains fantastic links with local health, educational, social care and charity organisations through the Centre for Work-Based Learning and the University’s own Health and Wellbeing Centre. This course operates a blended learning approach that is suitable for those completing the course alongside existing work commitments and also those who wish to focus solely on their study. We use cutting edge technology to ensure tutor and peer support is maximised on campus and through distance learning.
The course has three possible exit points. Successfully completing 60 credits worth of modules gains the Postgraduate Certificate. Successfully completing 120 credits, gains the Postgraduate Diploma and the full Masters is awarded on successful completion of 180 credits, comprising six taught modules plus a 13,000 word dissertation of the requisite quality. Module details are below:
-Public Health and Prevention of Chronic Disease (Optional)
-Behaviour Change for Lifestyle Management (Core)
-Nutrition and Chronic Disease Management (Optional)
-Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Management (Optional )
-Work-based Learning and Professional Issues in Healthcare (Core)
-Research Methods (Core)
-Self-care, Mindfulness and Patient Empowerment (Optional)
-Research Dissertation (Core)
The teaching will be delivered using a combination of a few intensive week-long blocks spread throughout the year and blended learning involving bi-monthly on-site teaching and on-line seminars and discussion. There will be a time-commitment for 8 mid-week sessions per semester and 4 of these will require on-site attendance. Students will participate in regular on-line discussion throughout the course. An additional 15 day commitment is required for completion of the embedded work placement. A number of different work formats are available for the work placement and students working in relevant areas may be able to complete this in their current workplace. Assessment is by on-line discussion, essays, case studies, reflective accounts, presentations, practical assessment, evaluative report and research dissertation.
Integral to all parts of the course is the development of skills and competencies in areas highlighted as a priority by Public Health England. This will include preventative approaches and tackling emerging conditions early, engaging hard to reach groups in the prevention and management of chronic disease, including males, ethnic minorities, pregnant women, the elderly and those from low socio-economic groups. They will be informed by the competencies put forward in the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework at Level 7. The course will include a work-based learning component whereby students are involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of a particular project and this will place graduates in a favourable position to climb the career ladder in organisations with a chronic disease focus.
Please note: This programme will not be running in September 2017.