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The module will provide the student with a diversity of study, laboratory and scientific skills in relation to the undertaking of undergraduate practical sessions in a safe manner. This will involve the development of skills including basic biologically relevant mathematics, appropriate data handling, working safely and key laboratory skills. Students will also be provided with an introduction to laboratory methods such as accurate pipetting and standard curve construction.In addition, students will receive lectures on developing study skills in literature searching, referencing & plaigarism and communication of information.
This is an introductory module aimed at those new to health informatics. It introduces students to the basic concepts and theories of Health Informatics, and explores the use of these in a variety of healthcare settings within national and global contexts. It will trace the origins, development and scope of Health Informatics, and identify contemporary issues at the forefront of the discipline. The module will also explore some of the roles that Health Informatics professionals might have within health and social care organisations.
An important aspect of the role of scientists concerns the communication of complex scientific ideas and research to non-specialist audiences. This module will explore methods of science communication including public events and campaigns and through digital and social media. There will be a focus on visual communication techniques (such as digital storytelling and infographics) to facilitate engagement and presentation of information for different audiences. Students will be required to deliver a short presentation, create a poster, write an abstract, and write and deliver a podcast (digital audio file).
Should we clone humans? What should we think of the coming genetic revolution? How much control should we have over how and when we dies? Is rationing health care good, bad, necessary or all of the above? This module will explore fundamental ethical issues that arise in medicine, healthcare and the life sciences. Some are as old as life itself: the vulnerability of illness, the fact of death. Some are new, brought on by a dizzying pace of technology that can unsettle our core ideas about human nature and our place in the world. Through an analysis of extant principles, theories and practices, this module aims to develop students' critical awareness of the moral, ethical and legal issues inherent within medicine, healthcare and the life sciences more broadly.
The module gives students an understanding, not only of the importance of using data, but of doing so safely and effectively to inform decision-making for population health and well-being. It covers five staged themes (forming a repeating cycle) and one cross-cutting theme: Stages: 1. Data provenance and collection 2. Data sharing platforms, formats and management 3. Data-intensive research 4. Evidence-based policy and practice development 5. The application of data in decision-making, which loops back to point 1. Cross-cutting theme: 6. Data in context This cross-cutting theme covers data governance, and the legal, ethical and societal (ELSI) issues in the safe use of person-based data for research, development and evaluation initiatives leading to evidence-based decisions. As well as the benefits of data use, it brings in harm that occurs when data are misused, and the harm that occurs to individuals and burdens to society when data cannot be used effectively. This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts, theories and applications of data use within a population health context. It explores the practical issues of dealing with large amounts of routinely collected health data, and the ways these data can be used to in evidence-based medicine. Topics will cover data linkage, data analytics, data governance, bias in data, emerging forms of data and innovations in data visualization.
This module consolidates global issues on the social, economic, political and environmental determinants of population size, structure and population health in both, high income countries as well as low and middle income countries from a multidisciplinary approach including social sciences, epidemiology, demography and public health. Topics include the relationship health and economic change; social support, social capital and health; policy responses to inequalities in health; prospects for mortality and morbidity change; urbanization and its implications for health, poverty, population change and inequalities; the `double burden¿ of disease and its consequences; the roles of nutrition an obesity for health of populations; emerging and current infectious diseases; the global burden of mental health disorders; and priorities for health improvements for low income countries. Throughout the module, students are encouraged to consider potential future opportunities and challenges for global population health.
This module is designed to further develop students¿ knowledge and understanding of the development and evaluation of natural experiments and non-randomised studies of interventions (NRSIs). These are necessary when the population cannot be randomised to intervention and control arms of an experiment. The module will cover evaluations of national economic or local government policies using relevant examples from recent natural experiments and NRSIs. Including, for example, the impact of outdoor green and blue spaces on mental health and wellbeing, and improvements to social housing and the resulting health utilisation impact. In addition, the module will explore how these wider determinants of health are evaluated to most effectively to contribute evidence to enable policy decisions resulting in reduced inequities.
The module is for students to build on their previous knowledge, skills and experience by undertaking a medical genomics research project.
In this module, students will study the skills required by the professional health informatician including an introduction to information governance, including privacy, and the maintenance of confidentiality, data security, legislation, ethical considerations, and current UK and global eHealth strategies. Students will also begin to develop their academic skills in literature searching, the critical evaluation of research literature and reflective practice.