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MSc in Applied Health Economics

Team: Health Economics Team

The MSc in Applied Health Economics course offers progression from the Postgraduate Diploma for individuals who are interested in a leadership role within Health Economics.

Course Information

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Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a University of South Wales Postgraduate Diploma.

The MSc Health Economics course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Health Economics medicine. The online masters in Health Economics will enable more health care professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Health Economics.

Entry to the 1 year MSc in Health Economics will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Our Health Economics Masters of Science course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Health Economics including NHS managers, Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, CCG's commissioning teams, CCG Pharmacy teams, Pharmaceutical Industry Professionals and Other suitably qualified and interested individuals

The MSc Health Economics course is the only one of its title that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution. On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.
  • Advanced level critical skills designed to deal with complex problems.
  • Advanced knowledge and competence in Health Economics.

Course Structure

Aim of the module:
  • To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to Applied Health Economics for healthcare decision making research.

Synopsis of the module content:

  • Terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
  • Basic statistical tests and their applications including T-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Squared Tests.
  • Methodologies used in endocrine research such as insulin tolerance testing, short synacthen testing, OGTT, measures of insulin resistance and GH testing.
  • Research on issues such as health outcomes and quality of life using bespoke questionnaires such as the SF-36 as well as other modes of assessment.
  • Principles of evidence based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Research into educational principles for both doctor and patient. Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • On completion of this module, students will be abl to:
  • Interpret research and critically appraise research methods used in in Applied Health Economics for healthcare decision making.
  • Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.
Professional Project

To develop student ability to critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and/or organisational practice, while developing skills in independent research and study and to develop skills relevant to scientific publications.

  • To develop student ability to critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and/or organisational practice, while developing skills in independent research and study and to develop skills relevant to scientific publications.

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific related project relevant to the student’s practice. This project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate research in clinical practice and implement improvements.
  • Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the 1 year MSc Health Economics programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Students may apply for the Masters in Health Economics as a two-year course consisting of 8 modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

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