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BSc Public Health (Distance/Blended Learning)
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Evidence Based Practice Y1
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit will explore what we mean by evidence based practice (EBP) and teach the skills required to find, appraise and use different types of evidence from the published literature. We will explore the importance of EBP in public health practice and learn how it improves population health and wellbeing.
The unit aims to: develop the students’ basic understanding of evidence based practice, including how to find the evidence, how to appraise the evidence and how to use the evidence.
|Category of outcome||Students will be able to:|
|Knowledge and understanding|| |
A1 Understand how to apply evidence to inform professional practice and decision making
A2 Understand the strengths and limitations of traditional concepts of evidence-based practice and how these relate to their own work or profession
|Intellectual skills||B1 Identify and evaluate the evidence required for public health practice|
|Practical skills|| |
C1 Find existing sources of evidence relevant to clinical and non-clinical health questions
C2 Be able to critically appraise common research designs and assess the published literature
|Transferable skills and personal qualities|| |
D1 Reflect on EBP principles and applications
D2 Develop communication skills to implement EBP
- What is EBP and how does it improve population health and wellbeing?
- Identifying Public Health issues
- What are some important ethical considerations in evidence-based public health research?
- Evaluating evidence – are some forms of evidence are more reliable than others?
- What are the steps involved in conducting a literature review?
- An introduction to different types of study design e.g. case-control studies, cohort studies and randomised controlled trials
- Practical application of EBP in the real world- barriers to implementation of EBP and examples of implementation in real-world settings
Teaching and learning methods
The majority of the course will be through elearning which will include required and additional learning, self-tests and discussion boards. There will be 5 webinars that will be recorded to allow synchronous and asynchronous learning.
- Analytical skills
- Group/team working
- Oral communication
- Problem solving
- Written communication
|Formative assessment task||Length||Feedback method||Weighting within unit|
|Discussion boards||N/A||Written feedback||0%|
|Online quizzes||N/A||Automatic feedback||0%|
|Summative assessment task||Length||Feedback method||Weighting within unit|
|Recorded presentation of a critical appraisal of a peer-reviewed publication||10 minutes||Written feedback||100%|
- Students will receive written feedback from tutors on the recorded presentation of a critical appraisal of a peer-reviewed publication
- Students will receive written feedback from peers via a discussion board task on using EBP in public health
- Students will receive automated feedback when they complete the online quizzes
CASP (2021). CASP - Critical Appraisal Skills Programme. [online] CASP - Critical Appraisal Skills Programme. Available at: https://casp-uk.net/.
Fink, A. Evidence-Based Public Health Practice. Los Angeles, SAGE, 2016. Print
Gray, M. Evidence-based Healthcare and Public Health: How to Make Decisions about Health Services and Public Health. Third edition.London, Elsevier, 2009. Print.
NICE (2018). Principles for putting evidence-based guidance into practice. [online] . Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/Media/Default/About/what-we-do/Into-practice/Principles-for-putting-evidence-based-guidance-into-practice.pdf
Rychetnik L, Hawe P, Waters E, et al. A glossary for evidence-based public health. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2004;58:538-545. Available at: https://jech.bmj.com/content/58/7/538
Titler MG. The Evidence for Evidence-Based Practice Implementation. In: Hughes RG.. Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2008. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2659/
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|Helen Davidson||Unit coordinator|
For every 20 course unit credits we expect students to work for around 200 hours. This time generally includes any contact times (online, recorded and live), but also independent study, work for coursework, and group work. This amount is only a guidance and individual study time will vary.