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Evidence-Based Health Care (Systematic Reviews) MSc

Evidence-Based Health Care (Systematic Reviews) MSc

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Care Management / Health Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This course is 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 contextualizing, carrying out, and applying systematic reviews appropriately in health care settings. 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. The course aims to provide health-care professionals with 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 are expected to 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. This course has teachers and contributors who are internationally recognised leaders in the field of evidence-based practice and teaching. The flexible structure of the course has been devised to fit with the structure of specialist training and to accommodate student choice. Past students have also gone on to study for the part-time DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care and all graduates are invited to be part of an international alumni network where success is shared and new initiatives are supported.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time

Duration

4 years

Start date

SEP

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£6,330

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£6,330

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any subject. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA normally sought is 3.6 out of 4.0. Successful completion of a professional training course or professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field may also be considered.