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The module considers different perspectives on ageing. It provides students with an understanding of theoretical approaches, current debates and issues in gerontology.
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.
The aim of this module is to provide the student with basic skills required for laboratory research in the field of applied medical sciences. The module will be both theoretical and applied: the student will be instructed in methods essential for data acquisition and analyses but will also actively participate in the laboratory, using broadly applicable experimental techniques. They will also develop skills that are not experimental techniques themselves, but are nevertheless fundamental to the scientific process, such as `lab math,¿ sourcing information, referencing, ethics and health and safety.
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.
This module presents students with a diverse range of information about careers and employability that will help them to begin to consider and plan future study and career developments. Students will complete the SEA bronze award and will participate in interactive taught sessions which will explore topics including the skills, knowledge and values that employers expect, and practical ways of developing competencies in these areas. This module also provides students with the opportunity to complete an observational work placement with NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS). There may be opportunities for students to speak Welsh in their observational work placements.
This module introduces students to some of the basic concepts and theories of information technology within a population health context. It builds upon and develops the students' knowledge of the growing role of ICT in Health Systems, and Health and Social Care service provision. Topics will adopt both technological and sociological perspectives.
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.
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.
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 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 die? 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.
This module is designed to further develop students¿ knowledge and understanding of the ways in which different healthcare systems, structures and organisations impact on health populations. It utilises examples from Health Services Research, to examine how people get access to health care practitioners and health care services, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. In addition, the module will explore how social factors, health policy, financing systems, organizational structures and health processes, medical technology, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and quantity and quality of life.
This module will enable students to build upon the careers and employability knowledge, skills and competencies they acquired from PM-145 Careers and Employability in Population Health module. Through the completion of interactive taught sessions and the SEA silver and gold awards, students will further explore contemporary careers and employability issues. Topics cover the identification of work-related competencies and skills gaps and how these can be translated into achievable personal learning outcomes. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a term long work placement (one day a week) with NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS). There may be opportunities for students to speak Welsh in their placements. Students will be required to satisfactory undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) and to pay for their own DBS checks at an estimated cost of £44.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This module is for students with an interest in entering teaching, and involves placements in local schools The student will engage both in observation and in various teaching activities. The module will be assessed through various methods including a written report and the teachers report.
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 current module will focus on discussing issues related to the curricula in medical and healthcare education form theoretical, evidence-based and practical perspectives. This module aims to develop participants¿ awareness of contemporary issues\his module in curriculum development in a broader sense encompassing issues related to the organisation and structure of content delivered a session, module, programme or across an institution.It will focus on critical discussion and appraisal exiting curriculum models, as well as the evidence-based around current/emerging topics within the field.
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 develop their research skills by learning how to write a research proposal and prepare for the research dissertation.
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.