Research Skills: Approaches, Designs and Methods (Core - 30 Credits)
This module is intended for healthcare practitioners who wish to ensure best practice as healthcare Leaders by equipping themselves with the skills to use and apply appropriate social science research to build robust understanding, knowledge and insights on the issues that concern them. This module will enable students to articulate the paradigmatic position underpinning various research approaches, and articulate at the level of design and methods a critical appreciation of all aspects of doing research.
Leadership and Collaborative Working in Public Health (Core - 30 credits)
The module aims to engage students in critical debate of the principles, theories and concepts of leading collaborative public health work and the benefits of partnership working for health improvement. It also offers them an opportunity to critically appraise management and leadership models and theories associated with motivation, managing change, and service improvement, and their own skills related learning needs.
Managing Health Improvement through Social Marketing (Core - 30 Credits)
The overall aim of this module is to enable students to critically consider the complexities of managing health improvement using social marketing techniques and approaches. It explores theories of social marketing for health and the application of those theories to health improvement practice. This module will enable students to identify the main theoretical principles underlying the practice of health-related social marketing and critically apply these to improving health and reducing health inequalities. The module examines how marketing techniques can be used for health promotion and positive social change and students will learn how to effectively solve real-world problems and develop appropriate social marketing campaigns.
Strategic Management of Healthcare (Option - 30 Credits)*
This module introduces theories and concepts of strategic approaches in relation to healthcare organisations. Leadership and change management skills are addressed as an integral part of management in relation to communication and project planning for healthcare leaders. The module is particularly relevant to senior or aspiring managers working in healthcare.
Global Health Issues in the 21st Century (Option - 30 credits)
This module is to introduce health professionals to the concept of globalisation in relation to healthcare services, policy and professional practice. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used that encourage students to compare and analytically critique and evaluate global issues and conditions, and their role in relation to the international and local healthcare context.
Public Health Fundamentals: Concepts, Theories and Frameworks (Option - 30 Credits)
This module offers students an opportunity to critically analyse a broad range of public health theories, concepts and frameworks for public health practice. Through the development of an individual learning contract, students will tailor the focus of their learning towards meeting their own needs in relation to public health practice. In addition, students will engage with public health issues of interest to them, through their independent and directed learning. Students will consider modes of engaging with public health knowledge through the development of critical information literacy and academic writing skills.
One of the following options:
Empirical Project (60 Credits)
This module focuses on the student as a researcher and provides an opportunity for the collection and analysis of primary qualitative and/or quantitative data for the purpose of answering a specific research question. A range of methodologies and methods may be appropriate and experimental as well as non-experimental research is equally acceptable.
Practice Project (60 Credits)
This module seeks to bring together action, reflection, theory and practice. It provides an opportunity for practitioners/students to engage in practice development through an action research project. The action research project will address questions which arise from the student’s specific area/field of expertise.
Systematic Appraisal (60 Credits)
This module focuses on the role of the practitioner as a research user. It provides an opportunity for the student to make effective and systematic use of published research to inform health, social and education practice and/or policy. Through the process of the systematic appraisal the student will develop enhanced critical appraisal skills. The systematic appraisal project will address research questions which arise from the student’s specific practice/field of expertise.
Project Feasibility Study Dissertation (60 Credits)
This module will enable the student to undertake a critical exploration of a significant health, social or education issue for a given locality/target group. This will include critical analysis of published research in the field; the design of a service development or public health project to address an identified health, social or education need; and an evidence-based proposal for the rigorous evaluation of the project. It will also include a reflective critique of the student’s project writing skills development.
*Only this optional module will be offered in Singapore campus.
**In order to fulfil the requirements for the postgraduate award, students would be required to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project.