Teaching Evidence-Based Practice
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 module is conducted as a workshop, with a strong element of small group work 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 module if you bring your own EBM packages for testing in simulated teaching situations.
The first week of this module is spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment, the second week is spent in Oxford for face-to-face teaching and group work (this takes place on the dates advertised), there are then a series of extended Post-Oxford activities (delivered through the VLE) which are designed to support you in the preparation and deliver of the practical elements of your assignment. You will be required to submit your written assignment electronically (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).
- 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.
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Short course in Health Sciences: £2375.00
Students enrolled on MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care: £1925.00
Students enrolled on PGCert Teaching EBHC: £1925.00
Students enrolled on Postgraduate Cert in Health Research: £1925.00
Students enrolled on Postgraduate Dip in Health Research: £1925.00
Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.
David Nunan is a Departmental Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
Assessment will be based on submission of a written assignment which should not exceed 4,000 words.
Applicants may take this course for academic credit. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for this course. Participants attending at least 80% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.
A Certificate of Completion is issued at the end of the course.
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This course requires you to complete the application form and to attach 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.
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To apply for the course you should:
- be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
- have 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 of evidence-based health care within the work place
- have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)
- show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and university events and modules.
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- MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research
- Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care
and also available as an accredited short course in Health Sciences.
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