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Introduction to Health Interventions, Policy and Services
This curricular unit aims to present the basic and introductory topics in Health Interventions, Policy and Services and to foster basic knowledge and skills necessary to plan, develop, critically appraise, interpret and discuss the main scientific topics and research findings in these fields.
At the end of this curricular unit the students are expected to: (1) know and discuss the main scientific topics in the fields of Health Interventions, Policy and Services; (2) be able to plan and prepare research protocols in these fields, in order to generate high quality scientific evidence; (3) to be able to critically appraise and discuss the scientific evidence in these fields, in particular, aiming to apply and implement the evidence to inform decision making processes.
Medicine, science and decision-making
Basic topics in Evidence Based Practice
Basic topics in Health Technology Assessment
Basic topics in Evidence Synthesis, Decision Analysis and Economic Evaluation
Basic topics in Health Services Research
Basic topics in Health Policy and Management
The syllabus of this course was designed to match the defined learning objectives and outcomes. Specifically, it allows students to acquire basic knowledge and practical skills to understand and apply the scientific evidence in the fields of Health Interventions, Policy and Services and to know and discuss the most relevant research topics in these fields.
Theoretical presentation of each topic described in the syllabus;
Individual and group practicals;
Group discussion.
An optimized e-learning platform will be used to support learning-teaching activities.
Assessment methods: distributed evaluation with final exam – practicals (30%); final exam (70%).
The theoretical presentation and discussion of topics from the syllabus, the literature review and the individual and group resolution of practical exercises will allow students to naturally and logically understand and progress form the concepts to the methods and their practical implementation, in line with the learning objectives of the course.
Group discussions aim to develop the critical thinking about the concepts and methods discussed.
The demonstration and individual/group resolution of practical exercises enables students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to concrete settings and problem-solving.
The e-learning platform will improve communication among students and between them and the instructors, and the provision of learning materials.
The final exam will evaluate the acquisition of theoretical concepts. The practical exercises will allow the evaluation of skills and their application in concrete settings and problem-solving.
Straus SE, Glasziou P, Richardson WS, & Haynes RB. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach It (4th Edition). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2010.
Fletcher, RH, Fletcher, SW, & Fletcher, GS. Clinical Epidemiology: The Essentials (5th Edition). Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.
Hunink MGM, Glasziou, P, Siegel, J, Weeks, J, Pliskin. J, Elstein, A & Weinstein, M. Decision making in health and medicine: integrating evidence and values.(2nd ed)., Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Drummond, M.F., Sculpher, M.J., Claxton, K., Stoddart, G.L., & Torrance, GW; Methods for the economic evaluation of health care programmes (4rd ed)., Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
Ann Mahon, Kieran Walshe and Naomi Chambers. A Reader In Health Policy And Management (1st edition). Open University Press, 2009.