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MRes Primary Care (Web-based Learning) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Engaging the Hard to Reach for Health Gain

Unit code POPH60062
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This blended course will enable students to develop skills and knowledge in engaging hard to reach groups.  Pressures on resources and increases in demand on services make it imperative that public health interventions reach their target groups to protect the health of individuals and the whole population.  This course will equip students to use the evidence-base to design, deliver and evaluate services which are accessible and appropriate, in order to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of patients and communities.

This course unit uses both face-to-face and online learning. Students will be required to attend the mandatory face-to-face teaching days and to access the online course unit material. Students are encouraged to use the Blackboard discussion boards to ask questions and check their understanding of the course material.

Aims

The course aims to enable students to develop skills to identify and understand the factors that make populations hard to reach.  Students will use the evidence-base to evaluate and develop methods of engaging with hard to reach populations, and demonstrate their application in real world settings to improve population health.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, successful students will be able to:
  • Systematically describe and analyse hard to reach populations in a variety of settings.
  • Critically evaluate the factors that make populations hard to reach.
  • Critically analyse the impact of hard to reach populations on public health.
  • Appraise the way that service delivery andculture can impede access to services.
  • Critically appraise current practices for engaging hard to reach populations.
  • Develop and apply evidence-based strategies for accessing and engaging hard to reach populations in a range of settings.
  • Work collaboratively on a range of activities.
  • Apply principles of evidence-based practice.
  • Transfer knowledge gained to influence local practices and become ambassadors for better understanding of hard to engage/reach groups and change within their own workplace.
 

Syllabus

  • Describe and analyse hard to reach populations in a variety of settings and evaluate the factors that make populations hard to reach. 
  • Analyse the impact of hard to reach populations on public health.
  • Examine the relationship between access to services and health inequalities. 
  • Analyse the impact of socio-economic, cultural and other factors on access to services.
  • Appraise current practices for engaging hard to reach populations. 
  • Examine the role of Public, Patient and Professional involvement and engagement in developing accessible services.
  • Develop evidence-based strategies for accessing and engaging hard to reach populations in a range of settings
 

Teaching and learning methods

This blended course involves working through the course notes provided online, linked references and other online sources of information including short videos. It also involves attending a 3- day teaching face to face component (starting with an introductory session on the evening of day 0 and ending after the afternoon session on day 3). During the face-to-face teaching we will use techniques designed to encourage students to work in groups, deliver presentations and be active learners and you will be expected to prepare for the face to face sessions by completing reflective study tasks. You will use self-reflection to help you think about the ideas discussed and the relevance to you everyday practice. Discussion boards will give you an opportunity to share your learning with fellow students. Generally those students who participate in discussion boards do better in their written assignments as this interaction with tutors and peers is an important part of the learning process.  We will use webinars and recorded interviews to give students access to experts in the field. You should work through the unit in a logical sequence using the calendar in Blackboard. It is essential you follow this guidance so that you are doing the same topic at the same time as your fellow students.

The residential will take place in Manchester 24-26th March 2020, with an introductory welcome event on the evening of 23rd March 2020.

 

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Students will critically analyse and evaluate approaches to engaging hard to reach populations, and develop evidence-based strategies.
Group/team working
Students will play an active role, collaborating with experienced trainers and other students to examine the challenges presented by working with hard to engage populations and exit the course with a greater understanding of the issues involved as well as ideas for potential applications.
Problem solving
Students will examine real-life situations and be supported to generate innovative solutions, developing skills that can be transferred to other settings and populations.

Assessment methods

Assessment task     

Length

Weighting within unit (if relevant)

Group presentation during residential

20 minute presentation and 10 minute Q&A (Group mark)

30%

Final Assignment

3,000 words

70%

 

Feedback methods

Students will be provided with personalised feedback for their summative assignments, within 15 working days for the group presentation and 20 working days for final submission.

Further opportunities for formative feedback (on non-assessed work) will also be provided during a course unit.

 

Recommended reading

To be confirmed.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Annie Harrison Unit coordinator

Additional notes

If you have any questions about the content of this unit, please contact the course unit leader, Annie Harrison, via email on annie.harrison@manchester.ac.uk. If you have any other queries, please contact the PGT programme administrators via email on mph.admin@manchester.ac.uk

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