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Environmental Health (General) Health Promotion

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The course covers preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society; students study how different scientific disciplines can be used to structure enquiry and develop the knowledge base for: research and professional practice in epidemiology; public health and social science; ethics and health; students choose to specialise in a number of areas of interest including: public health; epidemiology; medical sociology; health policy and health technology assessment.

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Full time | University of Edinburgh | 1 year | SEP-16

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Introduction to Systematic Reviews (10 Credits) - Core

This module will introduce students to basic concepts of systematic reviews, and pooling of data through meta-analysis. Areas to be considered will include the rationale for systematic reviews, how they impact on health care decision-making, and the basic steps in undertaking a systematic review. The principles of meta-analysis will be discussed, along with some basic examples.

Introduction to Statistics (10 Credits) - Core

The module aims to provide an introduction to statistical thinking and to explain some of the basic principles underlying statistical methods, without considering particular techniques in full mathematical detail. This should allow sufficient knowledge to appraise statistical methods described and applied in the literature. In addition, the module aims to provide a broader framework for critical appraisal of all aspects of published quantitative public health research, so that students are equipped to assess the literature in all areas of their future study and careers.

Introduction to Research Ethics (10 Credits) - Core

This module aims to introduce students to some of the principles of research ethics and research governance procedures. The module will look at the ethical requirements for undertaking public health research: epidemiological, experimental and qualitative research. It will also consider the basic principles of good scholarship common to all fields of public health research. The areas to be considered will include issues of ethics and governance and basic ethical principles.

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Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2.1 health undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent from a good university; for those with non-health related backgrounds or those who have been out of full-time education for some time, both academic qualifications and work experience will be considered; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

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