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The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care (Surgery)

Key facts

TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
AddressRewley House
1 Wellington Square
OX1 2JA. Map
DatesMon 13 to Fri 17 Oct 2014
Subject area(s)Health
CATS points20
FeesFrom £1640.00
Application statusApplications being accepted
Course codeO14C380B9J
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email ssp@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44(0)1865 286954.


The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care (Surgery) course introduces the basic concepts and skills of evidence-based health care. It provides students with an understanding of the background to the evidence-based approach and covers the basics of scientific methodology and study design as applied to clinical research. It allows students to confidently interpret the scientific literature relevant to their own practice, and equips them to be able to design appropriate evaluation methods for research and audit projects they may become involved in.

The course is a one-week module from the Surgical Science and Practice programme. It can be taken as a stand-alone short course or as part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice. It is also possible to apply for a version of the course that does not contain a surgical emphasis.

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By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Formulate an answerable clinical question
  • Search for relevant publications quickly and efficiently
  • Critically appraise various types of studies, including randomised controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews of RCTs, Diagnostic, Prognostic and Qualitative studies
  • Understand some basic statistical concepts required to interpret studies
  • Gain some insight into ethical issues surrounding evidence-based health care
  • Consider translation of evidence into practice.

Offered by Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education’s CPD Centre, the course is led by Mr Peter McCulloch, Reader of Surgery in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences; Dr Carl Heneghan, who is the Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine; and Dr Annette Plüddemann, Director of the Oxford Diagnostic Horizon Scanning Programme. It features face-to-face lectures and small group tutorials.

Teaching is delivered in conjunction with Oxford's Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the UK's top-ranked department in this field (Research Assessment Exercise 2008), and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

Small group tutorials provide greater insight from a specifically surgical perspective. Study before and after the course is supported by a rich virtual learning environment.

Programme details

Surgical Science and Practice Programme Brochure

This course can be taken:

A non-surgical version of the course is also available. For more information or to apply, please see the following course page: The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care.


This course will be held at the Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, Oxford.



Prof Carl Heneghan

Role: Director & Tutor

Carl Heneghan is the Director of award bearing courses within the Postgraduate Programme in...more

Mr Peter McCulloch

Role: Director & Tutor

Clinical Reader in Surgery, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences
Director, Quality, Safety, Reliability and Teamwork Unit
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Dr Annette Plüddemann

Role: Module Coordinator

Annette Pluddeman is the Director of the Oxford Diagnostic Horizon Scanning Programme.


Sample certificate PDF document.

Short course participants who do not wish to undertake the assessed work required for academic credit but who do satisfy the course attendance requirements will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The pdf sample above is an illustration only, and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.

Those successfully completing the couse for credit can apply to receive a CATS point transcript.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on submission of a set written assignment, not exceeding 4,000 words.

Academic credit

Those wishing to may apply to take the course with accreditation. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course. Participants attending at least 75% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS-equivalent points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.

IT requirements

This course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system and online courseware. In order to participate in the course, and to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.


Rewley House bedroom

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 4-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.


The course fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials
  • Refreshments and a three course lunch on each day of the course
  • Access to the following University of Oxford libraries and services:
    • Radcliffe Science Library
    • Rewley House Continuing Education Library
    • Bodleian Libraries e-Resources
  • Access to facilities from the Department of Continuing Education, including:
    • The Graduate School
    • WebLearn virtual learning environment
    • Wi-fi access through Oxford Wireless LAN (OWL).

Before making your application for this short course, please ensure that you have read the terms and conditions which can be found towards the bottom of this page.

Please see the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice page for more information regarding module fees when taking this course as a part of the MSc Programme.


Sources of funding for courses in Surgical Science and Practice: external grants, awards, scholarships and bursaries

Details of funding opportunities including grants, bursaries and scholarships are available here.

Fee options

Programme Fee
Students enrolled on the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice: £1640.00
Short course in health sciences: £1890.00

Apply for this course

How to apply

This course is part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice. If you would like to apply for the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice please visit the programme page.

To apply for a module as a short course please use the documents below.

Applications deadline: 26 September 2014

Places on the course are limited, so early application is strongly recommended. Your application will require a copy of your CV, and if you wish to take the course for credit, a reference. Once we have received your completed application it will be considered by the admissions panel.

You can apply for this course in the following ways:

Apply by post, email or fax
Short course application form PDF document.

MSc terms and conditions (important: please read before applying) PDF document.
Short course terms and conditions (important: please read before applying) PDF document.

Programmes including this module

This module can be studied as part of these programmes:

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