Teaching Evidence-Based Practice

Course summary

Teaching Evidence-Based Practice


Please note the Teaching Evidence-Based Practice module is only available to students enrolled on either the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care or the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research.

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine also offers a Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine workshop for those wishing to study this topic as a stand alone (not for credit) participant. For further details and more information on how to register for this workshop please contact Ruth Davis ruth.davis@phc.ox.ac.uk.

Learning to teach with your peers in small groups

This module is designed for all health care professionals, who have knowledge of critical appraisal and experience in practicing evidence-based health care, and who want to explore issues around teaching. Students will learn in small groups and be facilitated to practice and develop their skills in teaching evidence-based practice. Participants will also learn educational strategies to develop a curriculum and design evaluation.

By the end of this module students will:

  • Formulate clear answerable questions and teach on this subject
  • Understand search strategies and be familiar with different resources
  • Teach an aspect of critical appraisal effectively and with confidence
  • Understand the range of study designs and appraisals techniques required to teach evidence-based health care
  • Teach an aspect of biostatistics in health care
  • Understand the components of an effective curriculum for evidence-based practice

Teaching will be addressed through the exploration of different educational models for teaching evidence-based practice and identification and discussion of issues of pedagogy, curriculum design development and maintenance. The aim will be to promote the teaching of evidence-based health care at your home institution

Personal Development will be addressed by offering guidance and help in extending and advancing participants' existing critical appraisal and teaching skills.


Most of the Workshop will be conducted in small groups in which participants will develop and test their own EBM packages. Plenary sessions will present and discuss general issues in planning, executing, and evaluating EBM, and will demonstrate large-group strategies for teaching EBM. Searching and study time will be provided each day, and informal social events will encourage free discussion and the establishment of ongoing links.

Materials and Preparation

Participants will receive EBM packages in diagnosis, prognosis, therapy/prevention, quality of care, systematic reviews, and economic analysis appropriate to their fields of health care, plus background readings, a core EBM textbook and software tools to help practice and teach EBM. You will benefit most from the Workshop if you bring your own EBM packages for testing in simulated teaching situations.

Recommended Reading


  • Sackett, D.L. et al. (2000). Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM. Churchill Livingstone.
  • Heneghan, C. and Badenoch, D. (2006) Evidence-Based Medicine Toolkit, 2nd Ed. WileyBlackwell.
  • Goldacre, B. (2009) Bad Science. HarperPerennial.



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.

IT requirements

Please ensure that you have access to a computer that meets the specifications detailed on our technical support page.


Students enrolled on MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care: £1795.00
Students enrolled on Postgraduate Dip in Health Research: £1795.00


Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.


Dr David Nunan

Module Coordinator

David Nunan is a Departmental Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on submission of a written assignment which should not exceed 4,000 words.


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

Selection criteria

Admissions Criteria:
To apply for the course you should:


  • be an enrolled student on either the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care or the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research