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Community Pharmacy Public Health Services (MSc/PGDip) [Web based learning]

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Degree awarded
MSc, PGDip or PGCert
Duration
MSc 36mths (PT); PGDip 24mths (PT); PGCert 12mths
Entry requirements

All applicants must be able to meet the following requirements:

  • have an honours degree in pharmacy usually at a minimum level of 2:2
  • be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (UK) or equivalent regulatory authority in the students home country for overseas students
  • be in employment in the community healthcare pharmacy sector or have access to an appropriate area of practice whilst enrolled on the programme
  • submit a written document to support their application which gives a review of their pharmacy experience, their reason/s for undertaking the programme and their expectations of what they hope to gain from the programme.

Applicants for CPD units will require a degree in a health related subject, be registered with their professional regulatory body and have access to patients in order to complete the programme assessments.

International Students: All International students must upload a scanned copy of their passport as part of the application process.

Options for starting a programme

We offer two entry point each year

  • September for our PGCert, PGDip and Masters programmes
  • February for our PGDip and Masters programmes

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Up to 40 places per year are available.
How to apply

Apply online

Application deadlines:

  • 24 January 2014 (for February 2014 entry)
  • 15 August 2014 (for September 2014 entry)

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

This postgraduate qualification provides pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to direct and deliver efficient and effective community pharmacy public health services. It aims to instil professionals with the confidence to actively seek out opportunities to be the chosen first class provider of public health services in new world commissioning.

The programme consists of core and optional units. Students will be able to choose a number of optional units that meet their specific learning needs from a range of community pharmacy public health service areas.

This is a completely online programme which is accessible from home PCs. In most cases students have complete flexibility about when to undertake their learning; however there will be some activities which require being online at specific times.

The programme is run on a modular part-time basis. Students are expected to commit to a minimum of 10 hours learning per week.

Attendance at the introductory webinar on 13 September 2014 is highly recommended.

CPD units

Students can take any unit (except the research dissertation unit) as a stand-alone CPD unit. These are delivered the same way as for all other students through Blackboard.

After completing two CPD units students will be invited to apply for a postgraduate qualification (certificate, diploma or Masters). Students who apply for a postgraduate qualification after completion of CPD units must complete the relevant core units.

Students who take a stand-alone CPD unit must re-apply if they want to undertake a postgraduate qualification and they must do this within three years of starting their first CPD unit. They then have up to five years to complete the qualification

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £2,200
    International students: £4,666
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £2,200
    International students: £4,666
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £2,200
    International students: £4,666

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Pharmacists working in the North West may be eligible for funding of units through CPD-Apply NW

Students who continue to the dissertation Masters programme may be eligible for the NPA Health Education Foundation Bursary and the Pharmacy Research UK training bursaries.

Contact: masters@cppe.ac.uk for more information about scholarships

Contact details

Academic department
Manchester Pharmacy School
Telephone
+44 (0)161 778 4015
Email

Academic department overview

See: About the School.

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

All applicants must be able to meet the following requirements:

  • have an honours degree in pharmacy usually at a minimum level of 2:2
  • be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (UK) or equivalent regulatory authority in the students home country for overseas students
  • be in employment in the community healthcare pharmacy sector or have access to an appropriate area of practice whilst enrolled on the programme
  • submit a written document to support their application which gives a review of their pharmacy experience, their reason/s for undertaking the programme and their expectations of what they hope to gain from the programme.

Applicants for CPD units will require a degree in a health related subject, be registered with their professional regulatory body and have access to patients in order to complete the programme assessments.

International Students: All International students must upload a scanned copy of their passport as part of the application process.

Options for starting a programme

We offer two entry point each year

  • September for our PGCert, PGDip and Masters programmes
  • February for our PGDip and Masters programmes

English language

Students whose first language is not English require either:

  • IELTS level 7.0 overall with level 7.0 in reading and writing specifically
  • TOEFL 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or minimum of 100 (Internet-based test)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade B

All certification should have been achieved within the past two years.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other entry requirements

Applicants need to be working a minimum of one day per week in community or primary care pharmacy and have access to patients. 

As this is a completely online programme, students must have access to a computer with fast and reliable internet connection. There is a minimum level of computer skills required, these include the ability to:

  • navigate the Blackboard learner management system to locate teaching and learning materials and to access and submit assessments (with initial basic training)
  • work efficiently with Word (or similar) and Powerpoint programmes
  • use the internet to search websites
  • navigate e-learning programmes
  • download PDF learning materials
  • use video equipment to undertake assessments.

Attendance at the introductory webinar on 13 September 2014 is highly recommended for all successful applicants. This is an opportunity to meet the module leaders and the other students learning on the programme

How to apply

Apply online

Application deadlines:

  • 24 January 2014 (for February 2014 entry)
  • 15 August 2014 (for September 2014 entry)

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

This postgraduate qualification provides pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to direct and deliver efficient and effective community pharmacy public health services. It aims to instil professionals with the confidence to actively seek out opportunities to be the chosen first class provider of public health services in new world commissioning.

The programme consists of core and optional units. Students will be able to choose a number of optional units that meet their specific learning needs from a range of community pharmacy public health service areas.

This is a completely online programme which is accessible from home PCs. In most cases students have complete flexibility about when to undertake their learning; however there will be some activities which require being online at specific times.

The programme is run on a modular part-time basis. Students are expected to commit to a minimum of 10 hours learning per week.

Attendance at the introductory webinar on 13 September 2014 is highly recommended.

CPD units

Students can take any unit (except the research dissertation unit) as a stand-alone CPD unit. These are delivered the same way as for all other students through Blackboard.

After completing two CPD units students will be invited to apply for a postgraduate qualification (certificate, diploma or Masters). Students who apply for a postgraduate qualification after completion of CPD units must complete the relevant core units.

Students who take a stand-alone CPD unit must re-apply if they want to undertake a postgraduate qualification and they must do this within three years of starting their first CPD unit. They then have up to five years to complete the qualification

Aims

At Certificate level, Diploma and Masters it will enable students to:

  • Acquire and develop an advanced knowledge and in-depth understanding of the national public health agenda and the innovative contributions that community pharmacists can provide.
  • Acquire and develop the advanced skills to make an effective contribution to improving the public health of their local population.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as an advanced community pharmacy public health practitioner to ensure the delivery of high quality, evidence-based services that meet national and local policies.
  • Identify their own learning needs, develop themselves as critically reflective practitioners and advance their own learning to sustain continuing professional development, and work at the forefront of their profession.

In addition, at Diploma and Masters it will enable students to:

  • Critically evaluate public health literature, theories and methodologies and apply evidence-based approaches to community pharmacy public health services.
  • Develop skills to provide professional leadership in the development of community pharmacy public health services.

At Masters only, it will enable students to:

  • Develop skills to provide professional leadership in the development of community pharmacy public health services.

Teaching and learning

The web-based programme is run on a modular distance learning part-time basis. The learning will be delivered using a blend of:

  • Blackboard 9 facilities
  • e-lectures
  • e-tutorials
  • e-discussion forums
  • e-journals
  • e-assessment methods
  • CPPE open learning programmes
  • Public health websites

Coursework and assessment

Each unit of the programme has a designated leader who is responsible for the individual assessments, under the guidance of the Programme Director. All assessments will be monitored and reviewed by the Exam Board.

Candidates for the Certificate, Diploma and Masters will need to achieve an overall mark of 50%.

Course unit details

The programme commences in September and February each year and is part-time distance learning. There are three levels of award:

  • Postgraduate certificate (60 units) completed over 12 months* (year 1 content only)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 units) completed over 24 months* (years 1 and 2)
  • Masters (180 units) completed over 36 months*. (all 3 years of content)

 *There may be options to extend these completion times.

pathway detailsMasters in Public Health
  • Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Evidence based practice (15 credits)
  • Biostatistics (15 credits)

Course content for year 1

Core units:

Introduction to community pharmacy public health services (15 credits) - Delivers the fundamental principles of advanced level learning in relation to community pharmacy public health services. The knowledge and skills in this module will underpin those delivered across all core and optional units in this programme. Assessment includes a written assignment, a webinar presentation of consultation skills and evidence of practice profiles.

Public health: development, management and delivery of high quality services (15 credits) - Engages the student in a series of activities and learning exercises to provide them with a deep knowledge and critical awareness of the strategic issues, policy and management of public health services in the current context of healthcare delivery. Assessment includes a written assignment, a webinar presentation and a moderated discussion forum Optional units: You will be offered a selection of optional units from the list below and can choose two.

Cancer - awareness, detection and screening services (15 credits) - Aims to give the student an understanding of cancer as a disease and the benefits of the early detection of cancer. The student will develop the skills to effectively assess patients with potential signs and symptoms of common cancers, and refer to appropriate sources of assessment and advice if needed. Assessment includes a reflective journal, written assignment designing a campaign and an A4 conference-style poster highlighting key points from a cancer campaign audit

Cardiovascular disease and diabetes public health services (15 credits) - Engages the student in a series of activities, learning exercises and reflective materials to provide them with an understanding of the public health issues relating to cardiovascular disease and diabetes encountered in community pharmacy. Assessment includes a written assignment, a webinar presentation, and practice profile cases.

Fundamentals of leadership and management, developing a community pharmacy service (15 credits) - This introduces students to core strategic and organisational behaviour principles and tools. It focuses on an identified work-based public health priority area, allowing the student to develop a business and marketing plan. Assessment includes a written assignment (business case and marketing plan for a pharmacy service), a webinar presentation and an online reflective journal.

Long term conditions and advanced MURs (15 credits) - Engages the student in a series of activities, learning exercises and reflective materials to provide them with an understanding of the common long term conditions encountered in community pharmacy and the public health issues relating to them. The long term conditions covered in the module are neurological disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory disorders and mental illness. Assessment includes a written assignment, a webinar presentation and practice profile cases.

Population screening and weight management (15 credits) - Introduces students to the principles of screening for diseases and monitoring long-term conditions in the context of public health and community pharmacy. The student will identify local public health priorities and use these to create and run a multimedia promotional campaign for a pharmacy-based screening or monitoring service. Assessment includes a written assignment, practice profile cases and development and evaluation of a screening campaign.

Sexual health and reproductive services (15 credits) - Engages the student in a series of activities, learning exercises and reflective materials to provide them with an awareness of the integrated nature of sexual health services, ranging from contraception and family planning, through emergency contraception to the screening and management of sexually transmitted infections. Assessment includes a written assignments, an online reflective diary, practice based reports and a webinar presentation.

Substance use and misuse services (15 credits) - Engages the student in a series of activities, learning exercises and reflective materials to provide them with an awareness of the wide-ranging nature of services for substance misusers: from health promotion, harm reduction, smoking cessation and alcohol awareness, through prescribing of substitute medication, to the screening for and management of blood borne infections. Assessment includes a written assignment and a training plan.

Course content for year 2

Core units:

Epidemiology (15 credits) - From the Masters in Public Health programme

Evidence based practice (15 credits) - From the Masters in Public Health programme

Details of these modules can be viewed In the MPH module list (PDF, 400KB) Optional units: You will be offered a selection of optional units from the list below and can choose two.

Biostatistics (15 credits) - From the Masters in Public Health programme Details of the last two modules can be viewed In the MPH module list (PDF, 400KB)

Cancer - awareness, detection and screening services (15 credits) - Aims to give the student an understanding of cancer as a disease and the benefits of the early detection of cancer. The student will develop the skills to effectively assess patients with potential signs and symptoms of common cancers, and refer to appropriate sources of assessment and advice if needed. Assessment includes a reflective journal, written assignment designing a campaign and an A4 conference-style poster highlighting key points from a cancer campaign audit

Cardiovascular disease and diabetes public health services (15 credits) - Engages the student in a series of activities, learning exercises and reflective materials to provide them with an understanding of the public health issues relating to cardiovascular disease and diabetes encountered in community pharmacy. Assessment includes a written assignment, a webinar presentation, and practice profile cases. 

Fundamentals of leadership and management, developing a community pharmacy service (15 credits) - This introduces students to core strategic and organisational behaviour principles and tools. It focuses on an identified work-based public health priority area, allowing the student to develop a business and marketing plan. Assessment includes a written assignment (business case and marketing plan for a pharmacy service), a webinar presentation and an online reflective journal.

Population screening and weight management (15 credits) - Introduces students to the principles of screening for diseases and monitoring long-term conditions in the context of public health and community pharmacy. The student will identify local public health priorities and use these to create and run a multimedia promotional campaign for a pharmacy-based screening or monitoring service. Assessment includes a written assignment, practice profile cases and development and evaluation of a screening campaign. 

Substance use and misuse services (15 credits) - Engages the student in a series of activities, learning exercises and reflective materials to provide them with an awareness of the wide-ranging nature of services for substance misusers: from health promotion, harm reduction, smoking cessation and alcohol awareness, through prescribing of substitute medication, to the screening for and management of blood borne infections. Assessment includes a written assignment and a training plan.

Course content for year 3

Research project (60 credits) supervises students to produce a research dissertation, reporting the background, aims, results and conclusions of a study related to community pharmacy public health service evaluation.

Students are assessed by a written dissertation.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office.

Please email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

  • HLP development manager
  • Service development manager
  • Professional development manager
  • LPC/LPN Chair or Vice-Chair
  • LPC/LPN Member

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