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Health Technologies University Certificate in Professional Development

You gain an understanding of the health technologies that are employed within the health sector to prevent, manage and treat diseases.


12 weeks


Course overview

You focus on the impact of medical technologies, such as medicines, medical devices, diagnostic techniques and surgical procedures.

The government has provided funding for this course, independent of any previous or current funding you may have for educational purposes. You can apply for short course funding if you are currently in education, or already qualified to degree, master’s or PhD level. If you are funding this course with a student loan you also need to meet student loan eligibility criteria. Find out more about short course loans. Find out more about short course loans

You develop the skills to analyse, appraise, and evaluate health technologies.

This course is ideal if you are:

  • a school or further education college leaver wanting to explore a subject before committing to a full degree
  • unemployed and wanting to develop skills to improve your employability
  • a teacher looking to refresh your knowledge in a subject, or to learn new skills
  • in work and your performance can be enhanced by learning new knowledge and skills
  • returning to education after a break
  • currently in higher education and would like to compliment your skillset with additional knowledge and skills.

You can only enrol on one short course at a time.

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Course details

What you study

Introduction to medical technologies in health care:
• general principles
• applied anatomy in relation to diseases and technologies
• diagnosis and monitoring of conditions
• impact on treatment
• assessment of treatment.

Surgical interventions:
• type of surgical treatment
• minimally invasive surgery
• patient management and follow-up.

Assessment of patient outcomes:
• sensitivity, specificity and accuracy
• patient reported outcome measures (PROM)
• Economic costs.

Assessment of literature:
• quality frameworks for assessing medical imaging literature
• quality frameworks for assessing economic evaluations
• critical appraisal tools and how to use them.

How you learn

The course runs for 12 weeks using a blended learning approach, with a one week block of on-campus teaching. This block will include five days of six hours a day (9.00am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 4.00pm) delivered as a mixture of lecturers, group work seminars, and practicals or lab sessions. The remaining study is online.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on your ability to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of medical technologies.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must have completed a level five qualification (or higher) and/or developed knowledge and skills in a health or science subject.



Career opportunities

Our short courses are developed with support from our industrial partners to meet the needs of employers.

They are ideal for you to build the skills employers look for, helping you to develop a new and successful career through one of the flexible learning options available.

Once you’ve completed your short course you could also apply to study a degree by transferring your eligible completed credits.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • Start date: September

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