Foundation Applied Medical Sciences Skills Development 1
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 & plagiarism and communication of information.
Introduction to Medical Psychology
The module aims to provide an introduction to the way in which psychologists study human behaviour. Students will be introduced to the dominant theoretical approaches within Psychology in order to understand how each approach studies and explains behaviour differently. Students will then apply this knowledge to consider different explanations and treatment of various mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviours. Students will learn some of the key principles of behaviour analysis and how they can be applied to behavioural medicine and health behaviours. Students will attend two tutorials that will provide an introduction to the difficulties and controversies surrounding the mental health conditions covered in the lectures, and the ethical challenges surrounding the facilitation of behaviour change. Tutorial one will involve discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of how we diagnose mental health conditions. Tutorial two will involve the ethical considerations of utilising punishment to facilitate behaviour change.
Introduction to Population Health: Systems and Organisation
This module is designed to provide the foundational knowledge necessary to develop a deeper understanding of the historical context and antecedents for population health. It will address the structure, stakeholders, and processes of local, national and international health systems. An examination of the historical events and social, political, economic and demographic forces will help to contextualise the challenges faced by health systems stakeholders. Topics will cover both organisational and individual perspectives of population health and will serve as a foundation for further modules.
Foundations of Community Medicine
Communities now play a key role in improving and sustaining good health and the delivery of care. This has led to the development of a new field within medical education and practice called Community Medicine. Community Medicine is often considered synonymous with Preventative and Social Medicine (PSM), Public Health, and Community Health because of a shared concern with the prevention of disease and promotion of health and wellbeing. This module introduces students to the wide range of approaches encompassed within Community Medicine. These include preventative, promotive, curative and rehabilitative approaches aimed at improving population health through community-based health and care.
Introduction to Population Health: Systems and Organisations
This module is designed to provide the foundational knowledge necessary to develop a deeper understanding of historical context and contemporary developments within population health approaches. It considers the often competing conceptualisations of 'health' and 'well-being' and the ways in which these have shaped the structure, function and processes of local, national and international health policies and health care systems locally, nationally and internationally. The module explores the promise that population health approaches hold in the context of the 'healthcare crisis', including new healthcare models and innovative solutions which are designed to prevent ill-health and better meet people¿s health needs.
Doctors, patients & the goals of medicine
Communicating Medical Sciences
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 create a poster, write an abstract, and write and deliver a podcast (digital audio file).
Intermediate Medical Psychology
This module will build upon knowledge acquired in PM137 Introduction to Medical Psychology with regard to mental health (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviours) by exploring contemporary research into the causes and treatment of these conditions. Students will learn about third wave psychological intervention (such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) as a way of treating mental health problems. . In this module students will be introduced to the field of Health Psychology including some key models of health behaviour, psychological aspects of illness (for example the doctor-patient relationship, non-compliance with treatment), psychological aspects of pain, and psychological aspects of stress.
Population Health Management, Solutions and Strategies
Population Health Management (PHM) is concerned with the organisation and management of healthcare delivery systems in a manner that makes it more clinically effective, more cost effective, and safer. This module examines established Population Health Management approaches and the strategies required to create a balance between the often competing interests of clinicians, funding bodies, managers and patients.
Healthy mind, healthy body?
This module aims to answer the question `does having a healthy mind translate to having a healthy body'? It explores the multiple associations between mental health and physical conditions that significantly impact people¿s quality of life, demands on health care and other services, and wider societal consequences. The module also explores contemporary issues, debates and influences on the prevention of mental health conditions and the promotion of well-being.
Population Health & The Art of Research 1
This module introduces students to the philosophical underpinnings, and practical applications of population health research. It has been designed to enable students to develop a real-world understanding of a range of epidemiological and qualitative research methodologies used to investigate population health problems, and an appreciation of the importance of ethics when conducting population health research in practice.
Population Health & The Art of Research 2
This module builds upon PM-269 Population Health and the art of research 1 and is designed to provide students with the opportunity to further develop their research skills by undertaking data analysis and interpretation of the results of a small-scale research study. Students will also gain an insight into the mechanisms through which research findings can be disseminated to the scientific community, and the importance of engaging the public in research.
Advances in Pharmacology
Pharmacology is the science of how drugs act on the body and how the body acts on drugs. Pharmacology investigates the chemical and physical properties of drugs, how those properties confer actions on living tissues and how those actions affect health and disease. The beneficial, therapeutic effects of drugs will be discussed, but also some negative consequences of drug administration, such as toxicity, addiction and microbial drug-resistance.
The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students¿ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. Depending on the student's employability strand within the programme, the project may be laboratory, data, or education-based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.
Critical Literature Review
This module will allow students to carry out a critical and in-depth evaluation of previous research based on a specific subject related to genomics
This module builds on the knowledge and skills developed in teaching components in part one of their relevant programme. Students will work independently in order to critically explore and add to the evidence base for a topic of relevance to their area of study.