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The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care (Surgery)

Key facts

Sorry, this course is now closed to new applicants. Please use the course enquiry form to be kept informed of future runs of this course.

TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
AddressRewley House
1 Wellington Square
OX1 2JA. Map
DatesMon 12 to Fri 16 Oct 2015
Subject area(s)Health
CATS points20
FeesFrom £1690.00
Application statusCourse ended
Course codeO15C380B9J
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 Educations 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

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.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you should:

  • be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
  • have at least two years' professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
  • be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices within the work place
  • demonstrate a suitable level of English (if this is not your first language).



Prof Peter McCulloch

Role: Director & Tutor

Peter McCulloch is a Professor in Surgery and Clinical Reader in Surgery with...more

Prof Carl Heneghan

Role: Director & Tutor

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

Dr David Nunan

Role: Module Coordinator

David Nunan is a Research Fellow in Evidence-Based Practice and Physical...more


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 sample above is an illustration only, and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.

Those successfully completing the course for credit can request a CATS point transcript.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on submission of a set written assignment, not exceeding 4,000 words. The assessment is only undertaken by those taking the course for academic credit.

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 Departments 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 Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview 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).


Potential sources of funding for courses in Surgical Science and Practice.

Details of funding opportunities including grants, bursaries and scholarships are available on our sources of funding page.

Fee options

Programme Fee
Students enrolled on the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice: £1690.00
Stand-alone short course: £1970.00

Apply for this course

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This course requires you to complete and submit the application form below and a copy of your CV. If you are applying to take this course for academic credit you will also need to complete section two of the reference form and forward it to your referee for completion. Please note that if you are not applying to take the course for academic credit then you do not need to submit a reference.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes before completing the application form, as any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.

Applications deadline: 26 September 2015

Places on the course are limited, so early application is strongly recommended. Once we have received your completed application it will be considered by the admissions panel.

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.

Sorry, this course is not currently accepting applications. If you have any questions about this course, please use the course enquiry form.

Programmes including this module

This module can be studied as part of these programmes:

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