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Applying Epidemiology in Palliative Care Level 7 7MRSAC20

Key information

Subject area:

Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care


Course type:

Assessed Module


Credit level:

7


Credit value:

30


Duration:

2 weeks


Available course dates:

From: 24 June 2024 To: 05 July 2024
Application deadline: 24 May 2024

Course overview

  • Have a detailed knowledge of the incidence and prevalence of advanced diseases, including cancer
  • Have detailed knowledge of the incidence and prevalence of different symptoms, syndromes and other problems in palliative care
  • Have an understanding of how epidemiologically based approaches can be applied to palliative care research
  • Be able to undertake the epidemiological investigation of palliative care problems.

What does this course cover?

  1. Understand and be able to measure disease incidence and prevalence and measures of effect.
  2. Appreciate the strengths and limitations of different sources of epidemiological data on health status and health service utilization in both industrialised and less developed countries.
  3. Understand the application of different study designs in palliative care research, including cross-sectional, observational, cohort, case-control, quasi-experimental and experimental studies, and those using routine data, and be able to appreciate the strengths and limitations of each one.  
  4. Be aware of the importance of ensuring good quality measurements of quality of life, health status, disease, and exposure status.
  5. Be able to take into consideration random errors, bias and confounding effects when interpreting data and understand the difference between statistical association and causality.
  6. Be aware of the practical value and limitations of different forms of epidemiological evidence, including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, number-needed-to-treat or harm in formulating and influencing public health policy decisions in palliative care.

What will I achieve?

After completing this course, you will:

  • Have a detailed knowledge of the incidence and prevalence of advanced diseases, including cancer
  • Have a detailed knowledge of the incidence and prevalence of different symptoms, syndromes and other problems in palliative care
  • Have an understanding of how epidemiologically based approaches can be applied to palliative care research
  • Be able to undertake an epidemiological investigation of palliative care problems.

Who is this for?

The module is only available to external applicants and not available to students currently enrolled at King’s on another programme. 

How will I be assessed?

3500-word assignment

What is the teaching schedule?

24th June 2024 - 5th July 2024

Further information

The module is only available to external applicants and not available to students currently enrolled at King’s on another programme.