Modules and short courses in the Evidence-Based Health Care Programme


Module and short course features

  • Taught by leading researchers and educators
  • Classes are typically international and students are encouraged to reflect on differences in professional practices
  • Intensive residential taught week in Oxford for blended courses
  • Online activities and discussion forums before and after residential weeks
  • Access to online library resources throughout
  • Some modules are taught entirely online
  • Each module has a an assignment that can be completed for credit

Modules and short courses can be taken:

  • Independently for professional training (alongside MSc, Diploma and Certificate students)
  • For academic credit, transferrable to other institutions (CATS points)
  • As a 'taster' for the MSc (and may count towards it if you enrol in the future)

Check the specific course pages for which modules are included in each award.


Blended courses

These run over an eight week cycle:

  • first week is spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment
  • second week is spent in Oxford for the face to face teaching week (this takes place on the dates advertised)
  • four weeks of Post-Oxford activities (delivered through the VLE) which are designed to help you write your assignment.
  • one week of personal study and you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).

Online courses

These are delivered entirely through a Virtual Learning Environment:

  • first week is allocated to introductory activities.
  • followed by ten units to work through which are released week by week (starting on the dates advertised)
  • five weeks of personal study with use of a revision forum and then you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).

Modules that are fully online are:



Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care

An introduction to the basic concepts and skills for evidence-based health care.


Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

Introducing some of the more advanced concepts and skills of research design and how they relate to evidence-based health care.


Clinical Trial Management

This course aims to provide an understanding of the lifecycle of a clinical trial from design to publication, and the key steps involved in its...


Mixed Methods in Health Research

Introduction and investigation into the nature and design of mixed-methods research in evidence-based health care.


Knowledge into Action

Developing a strategy for practice change and disseminating evidence in a health care setting.


Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Screening

Critical appraisal and application, at an advanced level, of the best evidence on diagnostic tests.


Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research

A flexible online statistics course for busy health and social care professionals who need to understand the basics of health statistics...


Systematic Reviews

Covering the process of doing a systematic review, focusing on practicalities and emphasising how and why this qualifies as scientific research.


Randomized Controlled Trials

Covering the process of undertaking a randomised trial, focusing on the practicalities of organising and running trials.


Qualitative Research Methods

Bridging the gap between scientific evidence and clinical practice by exploring the attitudes, beliefs and preferences of patients and...


Essential Medical Statistics

For those who have some research experience and an understanding of basic statistical principles, and who wish to develop their statistical...


Teaching Evidence-Based Practice

This module is aimed at all health care professionals who already have some knowledge of critical appraisal and experience in the practice of...


Realist Reviews and Realist Evaluation

Aiming to provide an understanding of realist reviews and evaluation and the ability to apply new knowledge and skills to a realist research...


Statistics for Clinical Trials

Plan, execute and interpret the statistical analysis of clinical trials.



Basic and advanced statistical methods for meta-analysis.


Complex Reviews

Developing a better understanding of the broader forms of evidence synthesis


Big Data Epidemiology

Design, conduct and interpret epidemiological studies in large routine health care databases.


Health Care Value

A course for health and social care professionals and researchers who want to understand how to make use of the available resources to achieve...


Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

Advancing skills and knowledge of complex issues in qualitative research

Upcoming courses

Teaching Evidence-Based Practice

  • Professional development
  • Mon 16 Sep 2019 to 20 Sep 2019

Developing Practice in Medical Education

  • Professional development
  • Mon 03 Feb 2020 to 07 Feb 2020

Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

  • Professional development
  • Mon 30 Mar 2020 to 03 Apr 2020

Course Design, Assessment and Evaluation

  • Professional development
  • Mon 11 May 2020 to 15 May 2020

Introduction to Synthesising Qualitative Research

  • Professional development
  • Mon 01 Jun 2020 to 05 Jun 2020