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Engaging Public in Health Research: Theory, Politics and Practices (Module)

Module description

This module aims to provide postgraduate training in the theory and practice of engaging patients and the public in health research. Public Engagement in this module encompasses three distinct but inter-connected strands: Patient and Public Involvement, Public Engagement in Science and efforts to recruit volunteers to clinical research.  

The module will encourage critical thinking in relation to engagement ambitions and strategies and consider how these shape the production of new scientific knowledge and the consequences for citizens, whether ‘lay’ or ‘expert’ , as well as for the relationships between citizens and the state. Students will acquire the skills needed to be able to situate contemporary engagement policies and practices in their historical, social and political context. They will learn to critically appraise the literature related to the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of engagement in research.  

The module also aims to develop the practical skills required to propose and implement different kinds of engagement strategies for different purposes. Thus we will look at methods used for Patient and Public Involvement in health research, user-led research and co-production approaches. The module also includes development of skills needed to communicate science and an appreciation of different approaches to quality assessment in relation to effectiveness and impact. 

Module learning outcomes:  

  • Describe and critically assess policy and legislation relating to patient and public engagement in research
  • Situate contemporary involvement policy and practices in their historical, social and political context
  • Assess the appropriateness of different methods of engagement
  • Demonstrate the skills in planning, communication and reporting required for the successful implementation of engagement
  • Critically assess the literature and debates about quality and assessment of impact
  • Propose and justify a plan for engagement

Staff information

Not applicable

Teaching pattern

Lectures and seminars with group discussions and activities.

Module assessment - more information

Not applicable

Key information

Module code 7MHPH020

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No