MPH Occupational Health
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Within the UK the increased pace of change in health services, greater public expectations and limited resources all require health professionals to reconsider how things are done. This is in order to improve care and services and so better people’s health. Implementation and improvement science methodology has been used for decades in manufacturing and other sectors, but it is a relatively recent innovation to health services in the UK. The premise is that using a systematic approach can help practitioners and managers design better systems, which will in turn improve health.
This course unit is an introduction to the approaches needed to implement policy, programmes, interventions and research findings in real-world health and social care settings, from a local to a global context. It will include:
- Systems thinking and behaviour approaches
- Identifying barriers and facilitators to the uptake of evidence
- Analysing and evaluating policy, programmes and interventions and their impact on health and social care
- Applying implementation strategies into practice in local and global settings
- Assessment and implementation of innovations
- Evaluation of research findings into different contexts and settings
Online content and written assignments with no assessed group activities (students on these course units could work through course content at different paces without negative impact on their attainment)
This is an interactive online course. Students must work through the online course material. Students are encouraged to use the Blackboard discussion boards to ask questions and check their understanding of the course material.
This unit is mandatory for the Implementation Sciences stream.
The aim of the course unit is to provide an introduction to implementation and improvement sciences for health and social care, from a local to a global context for the improvement of health and wellbeing.
|Category of outcome||Student will be able to:|
|Knowledge and understanding||A1 Demonstrate an understanding of systems thinking and behaviour approaches in the implementation of evidence-based innovations, at individual, group and organisational levels in health and social care|
|Intellectual skills|| |
B1 Identify and address barriers and facilitators to the uptake of evidence-based health innovations in local and global settings
B2 Analyse interventions, programmes and policies and their impact on health and social care
B3 Demonstrate an understanding of how to assess and implement new innovations into practice in health and social care
B4 Evaluate research findings into different context and settings
|Practical skills|| |
C1 Apply implementation strategies into practice to overcome barriers and increase uptake of evidence-based interventions in local and global settings
C2 Students will bring and work with a professional or relevant personal development ‘problem' related to implementation sciences
|Transferable skills and personal qualities|| |
D1 Manage time and work to deadlines.
D2 Develop a critical approach to implementing and applying evidence-based innovations into practice
- Demonstrate an understanding of systems thinking and behavioural approaches in the implementation of evidence-based innovations, at the individual, group and organisational level in health and social care
- Analyse and evaluate interventions, programmes and policies and their impact on health and social care
- Evaluate research findings into different context and settings
- Apply implementation strategies into practice to overcome barriers and increase uptake of evidence-based interventions in local and global settings
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to assess and implement innovations into practice in health and social care
- Identify and address barriers and facilitators to the uptake of evidence-based health innovations in local and global settings
Teaching and learning methods
This is an interactive online course which involves working through the course notes provided online, linked references and other online sources of information. You will be encouraged to use self-reflection to help you think about the ideas discussed and take part in discussion board activities. You are encouraged to work through the unit in a logical sequence. The calendar in Blackboard will guide you as to what you should be doing and when. However, students on these course units could work through course content at different paces without negative impact on their attainment. Participation in the discussion boards is greatly encouraged. You are encouraged o bring a professional or relevant personal development `problem’ to the course. The course is designed to provide an academic basis for understanding and applying implementation science.
- Group/team working
- The student is expected to play an active role collaborating with experienced trainers and other students to work through their own problem and exit with a greater understanding of the issues involved as well as possible solutions.
- We envisage that students who have taken this unit will become ambassadors for change within their own workplace.
- Problem solving
- In this course unit, individual students will bring a professional or relevant personal development `problem' to the course. The course is designed to provide an academic basis for understanding and applying implementation science.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Students will be provided with personalised feedback for their final summative assignment (2,500-3,000 words or equivalent) within 20 working days.
Further opportunities for formative feedback (on non-assessed work) will also be provided during a course unit.
|Independent study hours|
|Clare Huish||Unit coordinator|
You can find the unit overview video here for further information.
If you have any questions about the content of this unit, please contact the course unit leader, Clare Huish, via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any other queries, please contact the PGT programme team at email@example.com.