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Unit Code: MED811

Unit Name: Health Management & Research Project Proposal Development

Description: MED811 is conducted over two semesters and is administered in blended modes. As you are expected to become a manager of some type in your own clinical discipline, after you graduate with your Masters in Medicine, this course helps to shed light on very important and practical issues that arise at the health workplace. Topics of Health Management will be covered in 3 weeks. This will be followed by topics that help you search different engines and database to generate evidence on a topic of interest. This will end with learning of the research processes from beginning to end, the different research methods available in health research, study designs, sample selection and data analysis. Most of the second semester will be primarily for the student to develop his/her research proposal. Course assessment activities will include online quizzes, assignments and the final research proposal to be submitted at the end of this course.

Learning Target Outcomes: On successful completion of this course, the students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of strategic thinking, corporate planning, and hospital management. 2. Demonstrate an understanding of resource planning and financial management. 3. Demonstrate an understanding of Public Service Commission (PSC) Regulations, Appraisals, Motivation and Rewards. 4. Analyse the key components of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM), formulate how to find evidence for clinical decision-making. 5. Demonstrate an understanding of the general principles of research in the creation and quality assessment of evidence, grade evidence, interpret and apply research findings in EBM. 6. Generate, deliberate and apply the concepts and methods of sampling and use the various data collection methods in the critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative research to assist with the formation and assessment of evidence; Utilize knowledge and generate the important questions for deciding whether a screening or early diagnosis does more good than harm. 7. Formulate and apply evidence-based practice guidelines. 8. Demonstrate an understanding of epidemiological principles, quantitative research methods, and their roles in health research. 9. Discuss epidemiological study designs used in health research. 10. Demonstrate an understanding of causation in epidemiology, and its importance in all forms of research. 11. Evaluate qualitative research methods and apply tools to analyse data in qualitative studies. 12. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes in data collection and analysis. 13. Develop a research proposal to address a research area of interest in your clinical discipline.

Prerequisite: Postgraduate Diploma in any of the clinical disciplines (and current enrolment in the respective MMED programme).

Prerequisite Sentence: N/A

Credit Point: 40

Offered In: Semester 1,2