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Health Studies (Family Health) (MSc)

Course Description

Healthcare delivery is evolving to meet the needs of clients, families and communities. With an emphasis on integration within the health and social care services, this new online programme focuses on the complexities of working with families in the community and the promotion of case management skills required to achieve excellence in care.

About the programme

The programme recognises the increasing development of community healthcare delivery, addressing a gap in the educational needs of practitioners currently working within the diverse areas of health and social care. It also examines the global health challenges of an increasingly ageing population and the complexity that multi-morbidity of non-communicable disease presents. You will explore the significant health challenges of smoking, alcohol, widespread obesity and the associated impact on health resources.

The programme presents a real opportunity for students to explore current and alternative ways of working within family health, whilst
building on existing knowledge and expertise through the development of strategic critical thinking.

Your learning

There are core, option and independent study modules. The Postgraduate Certificate requires students to complete 60 credits; two core and one option module. Postgraduate Diploma students must complete a further 60 credits; two core and one option module. For the MSc you must complete a Research and Enquiry Dissertation module (60 credits). To gain the award of MSc Health Studies (Family Health) students must complete 180 credits.

- Postgraduate Certificate:
Core modules include:
• Responding to Public Health Challenges
• Working with Families

- Postgraduate Diploma:
Core modules include:
• Case Management within Family Health
• Research for Health and Social Care

Option modules include:
• Health Economics
• Delivering Compassionate Care
• Independent Study in Health and Social Care
• Advanced Work-based Learning
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• The Business of Healthcare
• Quality Improvement in Healthcare
• Clinical Teaching
• Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health
• Social Marketing
• Supporting Normality in Childbirth

- MSc:
Research and Enquiry dissertation – normally one year to complete.

Our Careers Adviser says

This qualification offers a variety of career opportunities and destinations. Graduates work in various health-related fields including community health and social care, health improvement, public health, and practice development and management.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

Visit the Health Studies (Family Health) (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally possess a relevant health-related degree or equivalent. Relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning will also be considered. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. Applicants must have the English language and literacy skills as per University guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines* (IELTS score of 7 or above) for work-based modules. Skills and experience in information communication technology is also desirable.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

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