MSc Applied Health Economics (Online Delivery)
Delivered in partnership with Diploma MSc, the online MSc Health Economics course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma Health Economics course.The MSc Health Economics aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Health Economics medicine.
The online masters in Health Economics will enable more health care professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Health Economics.
The MSc Health Economics course is the only one of its kind that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution. On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate an applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting; an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research; advanced level critical skills designed to deal with complex problems and advanced knowledge and competence in Health Economics.
Module One - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal
Aim of the module
To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to Applied Health Economics for healthcare decision making research.
Synopsis of module content:
- Basic terminology used in epidemiological and research studies
- Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses
- Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat
- Basic statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square
- Methodologies as applied to applied Health Economics for healthcare decision making research
- Fundamentals of evidence based practice and its application into the clinical setting
- Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers
- Research into educational principles for both health care practitioner and patient. Ethical considerations in health economics implementation
On completion of this module the student should have
- Interpret research in Applied Health Economics for healthcare decision making
- Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development
- Apply evidence based practice into care
Module Two - Professional Project
To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed. Students are expected in the first eight weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1,500 words). Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor.
Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1,500 words).
Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor.
The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.
The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.
Module One - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal
MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the Postgraduate Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.
Module Two - Professional Project
- Project summary/proposal 1500 words (10%)
- Completed Professional Project up to 10,500 words (90%)
Students will have access to over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles and conference proceedings.
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At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
To secure your place on the course, applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.
In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.
To study over one year you will need to have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Economics - either with Diploma MSc or another UK university having completed similar modules. We can discuss this with you as part of your application.
English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English Language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.
International Entry Requirements
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.
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This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSC who have over 10 years` experience in delivering award-winning, online, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc and MBA distance education courses.
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The MSc in Health Economics is being introduced with the express purpose of promoting and enhancing professional skills and knowledge among its students which have direct relevance and application to the demands of their working roles. There is increasing competition for employment in the healthcare arena, with increasing specialisation. What's more, there is a need for postgraduate qualifications to assist with career enhancement and support specialisation.