Short courses
Health & Social Care

Advanced Independent Public Health Research Project Preparation and Management

University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development:

You build advanced skills and knowledge in research methods and project management, in order to complete a methodologically sound research proposal. You focus on advanced understanding of theoretical paradigms underpinning research, advanced project design and management, data collection and analysis, and research ethics and governance with emphasis on applying these to public health practice.

Course information

Part-time

  • 14 weeks

More part-time details

  • 40 credits, Doctorate level
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:

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Both face-to-face sessions and online learning provide flexibility. You have the opportunity to learn entirely in attendance, at a distance, or through a combination of the two.

You learn through facilitated debates, seminars, computer-based learning, discussions, and skills-based workshops. Distance learning uses a range of electronic methods to support your learning and engagement, including online discussion boards using wikkis, blogs, webinars and recorded lectures from Panopto. Open learning materials are available on a weekly basis for distance learners through our virtual learning environment (VLE) e-learning@tees. Distance learning students can also join live sessions using online learning software, for example, Panopto. We provide a link every week on e-learning@tees for you to access live sessions.

With expert input, this award enables you to develop your understanding of the potential practical impact of research in supporting the advancement and evaluation of public health practice.

This content is indicative and may be subject to change.

Importance of research in public health practice: 

  • philosophical underpinnings of research and the importance of research in public health practice
  • developing a theoretical stand-point on a chosen topic relevant to public health practice.

Designing rigorous independent public health research projects and questions: 

  • designing rigorous independent research projects in public health practice; issues to consider
  • developing applied and answerable research questions (qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods) from public health professional practice
  • developing a qualitative and quantitative research proposal
  • managing research ethics and governance issues in developing a public health research proposal.

Applying quantitative and qualitative designs to public health practice: 

  • applying quantitative and qualitative designs to public health practice; for example case studies, cohort studies, RCTs in quantitative research and, for example, phenomenology, ethnography, grounded theory, discourse analysis in qualitative research.
  • debate on the practicalities as well as the pros and cons of using a range of different quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

Advanced quantitative measurement and qualitative approaches: 

  • quantitative measurement: evaluating quantitative data collection instruments and issues of reliability and validity within professional practice
  • qualitative approaches: methods and issues relating to confirmability and trustworthiness in professional practice
  • managing ethical dilemmas in implementing a range of data collection tools in a range of public health settings.

Advanced analysis of qualitative and quantitative data relevant to public health practice: 

  • selecting and applying the most appropriate data analysis approach for different research designs in qualitative and quantitative research
  • applied data analysis in professional practice: quantitative data analysis (SPSS) and qualitative data analysis (NVIVO)
  • management of data and decision making processes in situations of missing data. 

Conducting high quality systematic literature reviews and critically appraising research evidence in professional practice: 

  • conducting high quality systematic literature reviews to evaluate specific research questions within public health practice
  • critical appraisal of qualitative and quantitative research evidence.

Research project management in public health practice: 

  • ethical and legal issues in public health research
  • developing funding bids proposals in public health
  • resources planning and management in public health.

How you learn

You can learn both face-to-face and through online delivery. This flexibility gives you the opportunity to learn entirely in attendance, at a distance, or through a combination of the two. You make use of a module site through the virtual learning environment (VLE) e-learning@tees.

Attendance
We use a variety of techniques to enhance your knowledge, understanding, and application of advanced research methods. You learn through facilitated debates, tutor and student-led seminars, computer-based learning, skills-based workshops, and e-learning using the discussion board. There are also literature-based resources to support your learning.

Seminars facilitate in-depth discussion and debate to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences, whilst challenging and extending your intellectual abilities. The IT laboratory workshops enable you to develop advanced knowledge and skills in using software, for example SPSS, EpiData and NVivo to analyse complex epidemiological data sets.

Guided independent study and open distance learning allows you to undertake pre-reading in preparation for weekly seminar discussion and debate. The VLE is used as a resource for posting lecture notes, discussion materials and recommended reading throughout. Individual tutorial support is available to help you prepare for your assignments.

Distance learning
Distance learning students follow the same timetable as those attending classes. Structured, resource-based, open learning materials are available on a week-by-week basis for students through the VLE. A range of e-learning methods support your learning and engagement, such as online discussion boards using wikkis, blogs, webinars and recorded lectures from Panopto. Distance learning students can join live sessions through online learning software, and tutorial support is available through email and Skype. You are given a specific timetable for distance learning activities and you will receive regular feedback on these activities from your tutors.

Flexible learning strategy
The flexible learning strategy allows you to select aspects of the module content by attendance and by distance learning on a weekly basis. The exact nature of the support provided to you will depend on the individual choices that you make. Attendance in class and access to the materials on the VLE is recorded as a way of monitoring your engagement with the course.

How you are assessed

Formative process
To help your development, you can present your early ideas for your proposal and receive ongoing formative feedback. You also have the opportunity to undertake a formative proposal viva and defence, and the feedback received will then inform the writing up of the proposal for the summative assessment.

Summative Assessment
The summative assessment consists of a written proposal (6,000 words) submitted electronically through the VLE. You must include a completed ethics application that will be used to gain ethical approval to conduct the study you are proposing.

Career opportunities

Students who complete this award may have the opportunity to progress onto doctoral level study (PhD and Professional doctorate).

Entry requirements

Applicants must have an honours degree (2:2 and above) or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a Master’s degree in a relevant subject.

Course information

Part-time

  • 14 weeks

More part-time details

  • 40 credits, Doctorate level
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:

Contact details

Further information