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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research

Course Description

These are modular part-time programmes, particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future.

It consists of two compulsory modules and four option modules selected from an extensive list of subjects. This provides the students with an opportunity to learn how the principles of health research can be translated into practical actions in selected areas.

The programmes are delivered through the Department for Continuing Education, with the expertise in curriculum design and teaching drawn from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, the Clinical Academic Graduate School and the Department of Statistics.

The two compulsory modules are:

- The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
- Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

Three further modules may be chosen from List B
One further module either from List B or List C

List B:
- Clinical Trial Management
- Ethics for Biosciences
- Mixed Methods in Health Research
- Knowledge into Action
- Evidence-based Diagnosis and Screening
- Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research
- Systematic Reviews
- Randomized Controlled Trials
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Essential Medical Statistics
- The Structure of Clinical Trials and Experimental Therapeutics
- How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions: Protocol preparation
- Biological Therapeutics
- Pharmacodynamics, Biomarkers and Personalised Therapy
- Adverse drug reactions, drug interactions and Pharmacovigilance
- Drug development, Pharmacokinetics and Imaging

List C:
- Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis
- Human Factors, Teamwork and Communication
- Becoming a Medical Educator
- Teaching Evidence-Based Practice
- History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care

Course aims

This progamme is designed to enable students to:

- develop skills of research, design and data analysis in both qualitative and quantitative research

- critically evaluate health research

- identify, critically appraise and incorporate the results of medical and social science research into the day-to-day decision-making of clinical, scientific and administrative practice

- apply the principles of evidence-based practice in health care settings

- plan how to implement the findings of research to improve health care

- use theories and principles underpinning clinical research to inform their own research practice.

- demonstrate an ability to apply health research techniques appropriately for the solution of research questions;

- be able to apply health research solutions in a novel manner when analysing health research problems.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research page on the University of Oxford website for more details!

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research page on the University of Oxford website for more details!

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