EBHC systematic reviews

For health professionals seeking an understanding of the importance of systematic reviews in healthcare as well as the practical skills to conduct them. Training is provided in the fundamental principles of evidence-based healthcare and research design, with more specific training in the conduct of basic and more complex systematic reviews.

This course is designed for health care professionals and researchers seeking to consolidate their understanding and ability in contextualising, carrying out, and applying systematic reviews appropriately in health care settings.

The course aims to provide a structured training in designing, conducting, and interpreting high-quality systematic reviews in health care.

The course also aims:

to introduce the basic concepts and skills of evidence-based health care, including how to formulate a clinical research question, search for evidence, critically appraise evidence for sources of bias, and apply evidence to health care settings
to describe in detail different types of research methods and identify the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs.
Students on the course will:

learn how to design a systematic review research protocol
gain a more detailed understanding of the process involved in conducting a systematic review
develop the skills to conduct, report and update a systematic review
gain a familiarity with basic and advanced techniques for the analysis of quantitative systematic review data: meta-analysis, meta-regression, network meta-analysis, diagnostic meta-analysis, individual patient data meta-analysis
gain an understanding of and reasons for more complex systematic reviews in health care, such as realist reviews, reviews of clinical study reports, prognostic reviews, and meta-synthesis
explore new paradigms in systematic reviews and evidence synthesis
gain sufficient training to conduct systematic reviews independently.
Compared with the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care, this degree will suit those with a particular interest in and requirement for training in the conduct of systematic reviews relevant to evidence-based health care.

This is a joint course offered between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education. The programme works in collaboration with the renowned Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford.

This course has teachers and contributors who are internationally recognised leaders in the field of evidence-based practice and systematic reviews. The flexible structure of the course has been devised to fit with the structure of specialist training and to accommodate student choice.

Teaching is tailored to those with a minimal prior knowledge of systematic reviews and delivered by an experienced team of tutors from the University of Oxford, who actively work to advance the practice of evidence-based health care through the conduct and dissemination of systematic reviews.

Course structure
The MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care (Systematic Reviews) is a part-time course. There are four compulsory modules, two option modules and a dissertation, which will take the form of a systematic review.

Compulsory Modules:

The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
Systematic Reviews
Complex Reviews
Option Modules currently available (two must be chosen):

Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods
Realist Reviews and Realist Evaluation
Essential Medical Statistics
Qualitative and Mixed Methods Systematic Reviews
Core modules will introduce the students to the principles of evidence-based health care, as well as the core skills and methods needed for research design and conduct. Further modules will provide students with specific skills in conducting basic systematic reviews, meta-analysis and broader forms of evidence synthesis, such as realist reviews, reviews of clinical study reports and diagnostic accuracy reviews.

The majority of modules are run over either an eight, or fifteen week learning cycle. Most modules are either delivered fully online or in a blended format, however, some modules are only delivered with a blended format that includes a 5 day attendance in Oxford, and some are only run entirely online. In any given year, not all delivery formats for a module may be available.

Blended format: an initial period of self-directed study is spent on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This is followed by a week spent in Oxford for supported face-to-face teaching, and then a further period of Post-Oxford activities (a mixture of self-directed and supported distance learning also delivered through the VLE). The final week of each module is for self-directed personal study, shortly followed by the assignment submission.

Fully online format: These are delivered through the VLE with the first week allocated to self-directed introductory activities. There is then either:

a number of units to work through which are released week by week. Each unit includes a mixture of supported and self-directed learning with discussion forums, tasks and activities. Students then have five weeks of self-directed personal study with use of a revision forum and the requirement to submit an assignment electronically the following week. Courses usually run over a 15 week period.

an intensive week of 5 consecutive days of synchronous and asynchronous teaching sessions, and then a further period of activities (A mixture of self-directed and supported distance learning also delivered through the VLE). The final week of each module is for self-directed personal study, shortly followed by the assignment submission. Courses usually run over an 8 week period.
Part-time attendance details
As a part-time student, you will be required to attend a minimum of two modules (one of which must be a compulsory module) ‘in person’ in Oxford. Each ‘in person’ module requires you to attend a week (5 days) in Oxford for supported face to face teaching. Your other 4 modules can be made up of a mix of ‘in person’, or fully online modules.

Course Type: Academic courses

Learning Type: In Person

Start Months: October

Course Duration: Part Time

Part Time Hours: Part time only: 2 - 4 years

Qualifications Required: MSc

Cost: Currently unavailable

Contact details of organiser: University of Oxford

Entry Requirements:

Be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
have professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-based health care within the work place
have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications
show evidence of the ability to commit time to study

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