Methods in Applied Health Research CPD, 5-6 non-consecutive days

This is for you if... you want to increase your understanding of how research contributes to health care and the range of methods used.

Department
Health Sciences

Course description

Course description

These short courses cover both theoretical and practical aspects of applied health research. The teaching draws on the internationally renowned research of the Department of Health Sciences as well as other experts at the University of Leicester.

These courses offer a sound grounding in research methods, practice and theory in applied health research as well as developing key transferable skills in critical appraisal, academic writing, project management and communication.

These three short courses are also modules within the MRes in Applied Health Research and are also part of the MSc in Quality and Safety in Healthcare and the MSc in Diabetes.

Fundamentals of Applied Health Research

This short course aims to provide health and social researchers with the tools to find and assess applied health research and to use it in service delivery, health services management or policy development. The course will also prepare you to conduct research in health or social contexts.

Qualitative Research Methods

This short course covers the principles of qualitative research, the different approaches to study design, data collection and analysis, and the debates and key issues relating to qualitative research. The course is taught by staff from the internationally renowned SAPPHIRE (Social Science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement REsearch) group here at the University of Leicester who use theory and qualitative methods to make healthcare as safe and effective as possible.

You will gain a good grounding in the theory and application of qualitative methods, and develop key transferable skills in critical appraisal, analysis and communication of research findings.

Quantitative Research Methods

This short course covers the principles of quantitative research, the different approaches to study design, data collection and analysis, including experimental and observational designs and real world evidence, systematic review and meta-analysis, health economics, and hands on use of statistical software for analysing data from research studies. The course is taught by a range of academic staff from the Department of Health Sciences, who are active quantitative researchers who bring their research expertise to the teaching room.

You will gain a good grounding in the design and analysis of studies using quantitative methods, and develop key transferable skills in critical appraisal, analysis and communication of research findings.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Please confirm in your application that your experience and your professional development aims are both appropriate to the course(s) you are applying for.


English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.5 in each element. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

In 2018/19:

Each of these courses is worth 15 credits and costs £680.


International Students

In 2018/19:

Each of these courses is worth 15 credits and costs £1,660.


Accreditation

Accreditation

Dates for 2018/19

Fundamentals of Applied Health Research

  • Friday 12 October 2018
  • Monday 15 October 2018
  • Tuesday 16 October 2018
  • Monday 29 October 2018
  • Tuesday 30 October 2018

Quantitative Methods in Applied Health Research

  • Monday 19 November 2018
  • Tuesday 20 November 2018
  • Monday 26 November 2018
  • Tuesday 27 November 2018
  • Tuesday 11 December 2018

Qualitative Methods in Applied Health Research

  • Wednesday 9 January 2019
  • Thursday 10 January 2019
  • Tuesday 22 January 2019
  • Wednesday 23 January 2019
  • Tuesday 5 February 2019
  • Wednesday 6 February 2019

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

These courses are designed to help you in your existing work where that involves ensuring and promoting quality and safety in healthcare. They can also contribute to your career development by offering skills that are in acknowledged shortage in the health service, and which align with nationally recognised NHS criteria for promotion and job profiling.


Whether you're an employee looking to get ahead or an employer keen to develop the capabilities of your workforce, studying a short course with us will bring the resources of a leading University to your organisation.


Course structure

Fundamentals of Applied Health Research

Fundamentals of Applied Health Research

On this five-day course you will examine the fundamental principles underpinning research to improve health and social care. We will examine how research findings can be accessed, apprised and synthesised, how to progress a research idea into an answerable question and how to choose the most appropriate methodology to address it. You will also learn about how patient and public involvement can contribute to research at all its stages and how to recognise ethical and governance issues arising from research within health and social care.

Topics covered

  • Applied health research, from evidence to practice
  • Finding published/unpublished research
  • Critical appraisal of research findings
  • Synthesising research evidence
  • Conducting research: Formulating a research question
  • Ethics: Key principles and processes
  • Research governance
  • Research project management
  • Research policy and practice
  • Reporting and presenting research


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Qualitative Research Methods

Qualitative Research Methods

On this six-day course you will examine the basic features of a range of qualitative methods and identify those commonly used. We will discuss good practice in the relation to the conduct of interviews and focus groups and explore how to prepare a prompt guide for an interview or focus group. You will learn how to plan a basic ethnographic study, and how to develop a coding frame and organise qualitative data using dedicated software. We will consider the criteria used in making judgement about the quality of published qualitative research and also discuss good ethical practice in qualitative research as well as approaches to qualitative research data management.

Topics covered

  • Epistemological and ontological assumptions underlying qualitative research methodologies
  • Identifying research questions for qualitative enquiry
  • Developing a critical and reflexive approach
  • Designing and planning a qualitative research project including consideration of ethical issues and research data management
  • Conducting interviews, focus groups and ethnographic observation
  • Approaches to the analysis of qualitative data (including open coding and the constant comparative method, discourse analysis and visual analysis)
  • Using qualitative analysis software
  • Critical appraisal of qualitative research papers
  • Communicating findings of qualitative research

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Quantitative Research Methods

Quantitative Research Methods

On this five-day course you will consider the advantages and disadvantages of a range of quantitative methodologies. We will explore statistical methods using statistical software, including descriptive, univariate and multivariate analyses. You will learn how to identify the appropriate statistical method to be used given a specific research question and how to interpret numerical evidence from research in a clear and appropriate scientific format.

Topics covered

  • Describing and presenting data
  • Analysing data using statistical software
  • Research using real world evidence
  • Observational research methods
  • Design and conduct of clinical trials
  • Health economics and meta-analysis

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and learning

Each course consists of five or six days of on-campus teaching in the form of lectures, seminars, group work, directed reading and case study analysis. Assessment includes written reports, group presentations and essays. Courses can be taken as attendance only.

Key dates

Fundamentals of Applied Health Research

  • Friday 12 October 2018 + Monday 15 October 2018 + Tuesday 16 October 2018
  • Monday 29 October 2018 + Tuesday 30 October 2018

Quantitative Methods in Applied Health Research 

  • Monday 19 November 2018 + Tuesday 20 November 2018
  • Monday 26 November 2018 + Tuesday 27 November 2018
  • Tuesday 11 December 2018

Qualitative Methods in Applied Health Research

  • Wednesday 9 January 2019 + Thursday 10 January 2019
  • Tuesday 22 January 2019 + Wednesday 23 January 2019
  • Tuesday 5 February 2019 + Wednesday 6 February 2019

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course Fundamentals of Applied Health Research Qualification CPD Duration 5 non-consecutive days Start Dates October each year Availability

Please contact MResAHR@le.ac.uk for details.

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