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Module Co-ordinators:

Professor Parveen Kumar, p.j.kumar@qmul.ac.uk

Professor David Rampton, d.rampton@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Debra Marcos, d.marcos@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Alicia Green, a.e.green@qmul.ac.uk

In this module you will study:

  • Upper GI Diseases
  • Mechanisms of GI cancer, Environmental and genetic bases. Molecular and cellular development of cancer. Principles of screening and identifying GI cancer. Medical and surgical treatment of GI cancers
  • Upper GI disorders and its treatment. Oesophageal Gastric Cancer
  • Causes, clinical presentation and treatment of different GI bleeding situations
  • Aetiopathogenesis of Barrett’s oesophagus  and role of Endoscopy for diagnosis and follow-up. Treatment and management of reflux
  • Different methods of Diagnosis the Upper GI tract (special consideration of Endoscopy)
  • Small Bowel and malabsorption.
  • Genetics and Molecular basis of Colorectal Cancer
  • Principles and practicalities of screening of Colon cancer
  • Approach to treatment of Colorectal Cancer
  • Approach to patients with colonic diseases and most common clinical presentations
  • Understanding of current and developing treatments for different colonic diseases
  • Recognition of most common surgical colonic emergencies and management
  • Diagnosis and management of different polyposis syndromes
  • Undertake self-directed learning and prepare specific aspects of colonic diseases
  • Exposition to research methods and recent developments using scientific papers

Module convener:         

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk  

Other Key Staff:           

Consultant Staff from Barts and the London and PHE

This module extends the knowledge acquired in all the other modules of this degree to create an in depth knowledge of infectious disease.
Students also are equipped with knowledge essential to the efficient management of a diagnostic laboratory.

The module aims to provide:

  • A deeper understanding of infectious diseases in humans.
  • A knowledge of quality control diagnostic laboratory management.
  • A knowledge of methods of evaluation of new methods for use in the diagnostic laboratory
  • A knowledge of the role of new technologies e.g. molecular and automation in the diagnostic laboratory.
  • An understanding of legislation relevant to diagnostic laboratories
  • An understanding of the role of the diagnostic laboratory within the NHS and with external agencies such as the PHE and WHO.

Module convener:         

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk 

This module is an introduction to the major groups of anti-microbials their use and how resistance can develop. From practical experience students will evaluate in vitro anti-microbial test results to inform the use of appropriate therapy in the clinical setting. Emphasis is also placed on the consideration of the appropriate use of anti-microbial guidelines and the use anti-microbials in clinical situations to prevent the development of antimicrobial resistance.

The module aims to provide:

  • An introduction to the structure, function and method of action and mode of resistance for the commonly prescribed antimicrobial agents including anti viral, anti parasitic and anti fungal agents.
  • Demonstrate the role of the laboratory in the optimisation of antibiotic therapy.
  • A clinical based approach to the use of antimicrobials in practice.
  • An understanding of the development and use of antimicrobial guidelines and how these can limit the development of resistance and to encourage cost benefit analysis of antimicrobial choice.
  • An introduction to the role of the pharmacist in antimicrobial therapy
  • An introduction to emerging antimicrobials.

Module convener:         

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk 

This module is an introduction to the major groups of anti-microbials their use and how resistance can develop. From practical experience students will evaluate in vitro anti-microbial test results to inform the use of appropriate therapy in the clinical setting. Emphasis is also placed on the consideration of the appropriate use of anti-microbial guidelines and the use anti-microbials in clinical situations to prevent the development of antimicrobial resistance.

The module aims to provide:

  • An introduction to the structure, function and method of action and mode of resistance for the commonly prescribed antimicrobial agents including anti viral, anti parasitic and anti fungal agents.
  • Demonstrate the role of the laboratory in the optimisation of antibiotic therapy.
  • A clinical based approach to the use of antimicrobials in practice.
  • An understanding of the development and use of antimicrobial guidelines and how these can limit the development of resistance and to encourage cost benefit analysis of antimicrobial choice.
  • An introduction to the role of the pharmacist in antimicrobial therapy
  • An introduction to emerging antimicrobials.

Module Lead:

Mr Mark Wilson

This module will cover the pathophysiology of brain and spinal Cord injury.

Module Leads:

Prof. Karim Brohi, k.brohi@qmul.ac.uk

Prof. Susan Brundage, s.brundage@qmul.ac.uk 

This elective module will deepen and broaden the knowledge on patients with burns injuries. To develop a more critical and evaluative approach to the care of burns patients, through a complete overview of assessment, stabilization and management in respect to the most recent literature.

Dept. responsible. Barts Cancer Institute

Course organiser: Dr S-A Martin, sarah.martin@qmul.ac.uk

As a major world disease with high mortality and morbidity along with its large impact on health services, cancer has become a topic that medical students want to learn about. The module will examine the scope of cancer, its causes, how to diagnose it, how to treat it and how it should be assessed, both experimentally and clinically.

Key themes:  The module will start with the definition of neoplasia and will go on to describe the macro- and microscopic appearance of a range of specific tumours and current ideas on the molecular and genetic basis of their pathogenesis. The transformation from normal to malignant tissue will be described together with the manner in which tumours grow and spread. The course will end with an overview of tumour diagnosis and general methods of treatment (pharmacological, radiotherapeutic and surgical).

This is a taught module delivered by lectures. The module starts with the definition of neoplasia and will describe the macro and micro appearance of a range of specific tumours and current ideas on the molecular and genetic basis of their pathogenesis. The transformation from normal to malignant tissue will be covered together with the manner in which tumours grow and spread. The course will end with an overview of tumour diagnosis and treatment, the latter including pharmacological, surgical and radiotherapeutic regimens.

Dept. responsible: Pathology Unit, Blizard Institute

Course organiser:

Prof Steve E. Greenwald, s.e.greenwald@qmul.ac.uk

Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world and is fast becoming a comparable problem in the developing countries. The module describes some of the mechanical factors that underlie the pathogenesis and progression of vascular disease. This requires a brief outline of fluid dynamical and elasticity theory sufficient to understand the properties of extensible and non-linearly elastic materials such as arteries, and the behaviour of blood flowing in them. This approach is not commonly followed in the preclinical medical course, but it provides an essential adjunct to the biochemical and metabolic description of cardiovascular disease that students will encounter in their clinical studies.

Topics include: Basic theory of elasticity, non-linear and viscoelastic description of arteries. Introduction to haemodynamics, pulsatile flow in distensible tubes, wave reflection. Arterial structure and composition. Models of vascular elasticity and the relationship between arterial structure and function. The effect of age and vascular disease on this relationship. Response of the arterial system to chronic changes in pressure and flow. Endogenous control of vascular tone and the control of blood pressure. The role of the vascular endothelial cell and its response to changes in blood flow. Mechanical factors in hypertension. Non-invasive measurement of vascular elasticity and endothelial function. Novel treatments for vascular disease.

This is a taught module delivered by lectures. This module covers normal development of the cardiovascular system in terms of the changing demands due to growth and ageing. This approach is extended to elucidate the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in terms of the response of cells in the vascular wall to changes in mechanical load such as increased blood pressure or reduced flow. This module integrates the model of vascular pathology with epidemiological factors such as fetal malnutrition, which affect vessel development in early life and which are linked to an increased incidence of vascular disease in middle age. Also covered is the diagnosis and treatment of these problems, allowing students to gain an understanding of non-invasive measurement techniques to monitor the development of abnormal blood vessel properties.

Module convener:                       

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk 

Other Key Staff:                                             

Professor Mike Millar (Control of Hospital Acquired Infection), Michael.Millar@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk

Throughout this module students will study microbial infections of humans. The clinical presentation, laboratory diagnosis, antimicrobial therapy and infection control issues of the microbial infections are explored both theoretically and practically. The infections are studied by organ system e.g. respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and also by looking at specialist patient groups e.g. the immuno-compromised, patients in the intensive care unit, pregnancy and paediatrics. Students also study the surveillance, legislation and methods of control of hospital acquired infection.

The module aims to provide:

  • An in depth study of the aetiology, presentation and antimicrobial therapy of infectious disease by organ system e.g. respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract.
  • An in depth study of the aetiology, presentation and antimicrobial therapy of infectious disease in specialist patient groups e.g. the immunocompromised, infections during pregnancy
  • Practical experience of the laboratory investigation of infections including point of care testing.
  • A knowledge of surveillance of hospital acquired infection
  • An understanding of methods of transmission of hospital acquired infection and appropriate measures to control hospital acquired infection.
  • An understanding of the legislation relating to hospital acquired infection.

Module convener          

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk  

Other Key Staff:     

Professor Lucinda Hall, lucinda.hall@qmul.ac.uk

This module is an introduction to clinical research and covers the theory and practice of clinical research and the presentation of the results of research and clinical cases.

The module aims to provide:

  • An introduction to clinical research ethics.
  • Statistical teaching to enable students of design appropriate data collection and interpret scientific date generated by research data.
  • An introduction of the use of scientific literature and correct referencing techniques.
  • An understanding of how to read a scientific paper.
  • Opportunities to participate in web based clinical and journal discussions.
  • Opportunities to use oral presentations for clinical cases, journal discussion and scientific research.
  • An introduction to scientific poster presentation.
  • A structure to enable students to undertake reflective practice

Module convener                          

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk 

Other Key Staff:                                              

Professor Mike Millar (Control of Hospital Acquired Infection), Michael.Millar@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk

Throughout this module students will study microbial infections of humans. The clinical presentation, laboratory diagnosis, antimicrobial therapy and infection control issues of the microbial infections are explored both theoretically and practically. The infections are studied by organ system e.g. respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and also by looking at specialist patient groups e.g. the immunocompromised, paediatrics.
Students also study the surveillance, legislation and methods of control of hospital acquired infection.

The module aims to provide:

  • An in depth study of the aetiology, presentation and antimicrobial therapy of infectious disease by organ system e.g. respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract.
  • An in depth study of the aetiology, presentation and antimicrobial therapy of infectious disease in specialist patient groups e.g. the immunocompromised, infections during pregnancy
  • Practical experience of the laboratory investigation of infections including point of care testing.
  • A knowledge of surveillance of hospital acquired infection
  • An understanding of methods of transmission of hospital acquired infection and appropriate measures to control hospital acquired infection.
  • An understanding of the legislation relating to hospital acquired infection.

Module Convenor:

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk             

Other Key Staff:              

Dr Mathias Dittmar, m.t.dittmar@qmul.ac.uk

Mr James Winch

This module introduces the clinically important bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.
The lectures focus on recent developments in classification, pathogenicity and identification of these organisms.
The lectures are studied in conjunction with the practical sessions of the core diagnostic microbiology and laboratory methods module to develop a complete understanding of the organism, mechanisms of pathogenicity and laboratory diagnosis of clinically important micro-organisms.

This module offers the student:

  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the major bacteria which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the major fungi which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of life cycles, mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the major parasites which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of life cycles, mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the major viruses which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • A knowledge of microbial agents of tropical disease.
  • A knowledge of new and emerging pathogens.

Module Leads:

Prof. Karim Brohi, k.brohi@qmul.ac.uk

Prof. Susan Brundage, s.brundage@qmul.ac.uk 

This module will provide a solid background in the rapidly evolving area of critical care. Focusing on the physiological aspects of critically ill patients

Module convener:

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk  

Other Key Staff:              

Mr James Winch                              

This module introduces the practical laboratory techniques to identify clinically important bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. The practicals focus on traditional and modern molecular techniques for the identification of these organisms.  

The hands on practicals are studied in conjunction with the lectures of the Clinical microbiology: Pathogens and commensals module to develop a complete understanding of the organism, mechanisms of pathogenicity and laboratory diagnosis of clinically important micro-organisms.

This module offers the student

  • A working knowledge of the current health and safety issues relating to clinical laboratories in general with special reference to working in a containment level 2 laboratory with human samples and pathogens.
  • An understanding of the current health and safety issues relating to containment level 3 and 4 laboratories.
  • Experience identifying the major human pathogens and commensal bacteria.
  • Experience identifying the major human pathogens and commensal fungi.
  • Experience identifying the major human parasites and vectors.
  • Experience the serological techniques for identifying viral infections.
  • An understanding of modern identification techniques including molecular identification and automated identification of organisms.
  • An understanding of how to evaluate new techniques and tests for use in research and in the diagnostic laboratory.

Module convener:         

Dr Albert Mifsud, albert.mifsud@phe.gov.uk              

This is a compulsory core module covering aspects of public health and communicable disease control.
After an introduction to practical epidemiology with special reference to clinical microbiology and infectious disease in the community, the module focuses on the relationship between the NHS, HPA, environmental health services and other relevant bodies in the UK.  The module also explores the worldwide public health issues which have implications for public health in the UK. The microbiology and legal aspects of food and water borne infections are also included within this module.

The module aims to provide:

  • An introduction to epidemiology including study design
  • An overview of the role of the clinical microbiology laboratory and the clinical microbiologist in the control of communicable disease within the UK including an understanding of the other agencies in the UK (e.g. NHS, HPA, environmental health services and councils) and the interaction required between clinical microbiology and these agencies for continued good public health.
  • An introduction to the principles of outbreak investigation and control including look back.
  • An understanding of the role of the microbiology laboratory in the quality assurance of food and water in the UK and the current legislation and guidelines on microbiological testing of food and water.
  • An awareness of worldwide infectious disease and implications for public health and communicable disease control in the UK in relation to visitors to the UK and UK residents travelling overseas
  • An overview of the role of vaccination in communicable disease control within the UK.
  • An understanding of the threat of bioterrorism in the UK, possible agents and the role of the clinical microbiology in control of such an event.

          

Module lead:  Sally Kerry
s.kerry@qmul.ac.uk

This is a core module for the MSc global public health and policy, MSc, global health, law and governance, and MSc health systems and global policy.

This module introduces students to key epidemiological and statistical concepts and methods used in public health and policy making. Students will be expected to understand, define, and use incidence, prevalence, and mortality rates; understand the principles of standardisation and survival analysis; understand how to differentiate between association and causation and hypothesis generation and testing; and understand the principles of screening criteria. The module will also equip students to critically appraise quantitative research evidence underpinning policy interventions designed to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease and ameliorate inequalities in health through an understanding of research study designs and statistical techniques, including tests of significance and confidence intervals.

The module will include case studies to explore contemporary policy debates and the influence of quantitative research studies on public health and primary care policy and government intervention programmes. The advantages and disadvantages of different study designs and their application to different research questions will be covered. Students will gain skills in summarising quantitative data, including routine morbidity and mortality measures and interpreting the results of commonly used statistical techniques.

The module is intended to equip students for primary care and public health research, policy, and practice, and to enable them to engage in clinical policy debates around interventions designed to reduce social inequalities. They will be able to critically appraise the quality of research and clinical trials and will have the building blocks on which to build evidence based practice.

Dept. responsible. Pathology Unit, Blizard Institute

Course organisers:

Prof Adrian Newland, a.c.newland@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Paul Allen, p.d.allen@qmul.ac.uk

Haematology is one of the cornerstones of pathology and will develop into a key component of our course. The module design aims to instil in-depth knowledge of blood diseases, how these diseases may be resolved and the latest in scientific and clinical developments in the field.

Topics include: Subject matter will include normal haemopoiesis, the achievement of haemostasis and the diseases associated with de-regulated haemostasis. The student will go on to acquire an associated knowledge of haemorrhagic and thrombotic disorders. Key elements of red cell abnormalities including the thalassaemias, sickle cell disease and certain anaemias e.g. Diamond Blackfan, are covered in-depth. The science and clinical aspects of blood transfusion will be covered. The module will encompass inherited bone marrow failures illustrated by lectures on monogenic disorders associated with aplastic anaemia such as Fanconi anaemia and dyskeratosis congenita. Progress in the clinical resolution of these diseases is covered by clinical members of faculty. The latest in genetics, the hereditary aspects of some of these diseases, and the molecular diagnosis of haematological disorders is taught by our scientific community.

This will be a taught module delivered through lectures. Subject matter will include normal haemopoiesis, the achievement of haemostasis and the diseases associated with de-regulated haemostasis. The student will go on to acquire an associated knowledge of haemorrhagic and thrombotic disorders. Key elements of red cell abnormalities including the thalassaemias, sickle cell disease and certain anaemias e.g. Diamond Blackfan, are covered in-depth. The science and clinical aspects of blood transfusion will be covered. The module will encompass inherited bone marrow failures illustrated by lectures on monogenic disorders associated with aplastic anaemia such as Fanconi anaemia and dyskeratosis congenita. Progress in the clinical resolution of these diseases is covered by clinical members of faculty. The latest in genetics, the hereditary aspects of some of these diseases, and the molecular diagnosis of haematological disorders is taught by our scientific community.

Dept. responsible. Pathology Unit, Blizard Institute

Course organisers:

Dr Jurgen Groet, j.groet@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Joanne E. Martin, j.e.martin@qmul.ac.uk

The module covers the areas of brain injury due to mechanical trauma as well as neuro-degeneration, with emphasis on the research techniques that may be used to study the pathogenesis of disorders. These include the use of animal models of neurological disease, genetic mapping and gene expression techniques, as well as the field of proteomics.

Topics include: Genetic factors in disease including: non-Mendelian inheritance, genes and disease, genetic modelling of disease, and phenotype analysis, axonal transport, mechanisms of neuronal death. The general pathology of head injury, neuro-degeneration and demyelination, specific neuro-degenerative diseases, including: motor neuron, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as technical aspects including: genomics and proteomics will be covered.

This is a taught module delivered through lectures. It will cover laboratory techniques designed to diagnose and model neuropathological diseases. This covers techniques such as PCR, imaging and animal models. The biology of neural cells will be covered such as demyelination, axonal transport, cell death pathways and stem cell replacement. Clinical aspects include trauma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson's Disease, motor neuron disease, Pick's disease and tauopathies.

Dept. responsible. Pathology Unit, Blizard Institute

Course organiser:

Dr. J. Groet j.groet@qmul.ac.uk

The project will normally be a piece of original research, which is expected to occupy at least half of the time throughout the course. It will normally involve experimental work or measurements on patients undergoing clinical investigation, and is presented as a written report. Students will also deliver a short oral presentation at the end of the first term, and then again at the completion of their project

The project is chosen from one or more of several broad subject areas such as:

  • Cardiovascular pathophysiology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Neuropathology
  • Tumour pathology
  • Vascular biomechanics

Module Leads:

Prof. Susan Brundage, s.brundage@qmul.ac.uk

This module will provide a comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal and extremities vascular trauma. Particular attention will be given to cases of blunt and penetrating injuries to the extremities and the resultant vascular abnormalities.

 

Module Leads:

Dr Kash Akhtar, k.akhtar@qmul.ac.uk

Mr Peter Bates, peterbates@bartshealth.nhs.uk

This module will provide a solid background in the rapidly evolving area of critical care. Focusing on the physiological aspects of critically ill patients.

 

As part of QMUL, the Blizard are committed to providing education which is accessible to all. We aim to offer a number of competitive bursaries and scholarships for student’s studying our taught programmes. For full details on all opportunities offered by QMUL and externally, please see the web pages below:

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Postgraduate: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/index.html

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Module lead: Dr Sophie Harman
s.harman@qmul.ac.uk

This module will provide students with a conceptual and empirical understanding of global public health and the importance of its inter-relationship with international politics. The module is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the historical relationship between global public health and international politics, conceptual understandings of health and disease, and emerging issues and international institutions that have come to dominate the field of international health. The second part of the course considers three case studies as a means for students to apply what they have learnt in the first section to more empirical research: HIV/AIDS, addiction (tobacco, drugs, illegality and war) and population (obesity, malnutrition, and populations control). By the end of the course students will have knowledge of conceptual understandings of public health; awareness of the key issues and debates; understanding of the role of states and international organisations; comprehensive knowledge of three health issues; and how these issues relate to wider understandings of global governance and international political economy.

The inter-connectedness of people and the growth of inequality from economic globalisation have led to new and complex health issues that threaten human and financial security. This course looks at conceptual and empirical understandings of global health and its increased importance to international politics. Students will study the complexity of health issues such as HIV/AIDS, tobacco, and obesity and how they have generated a particular form of international relations between states, international organisations, non-governmental actors, private philanthropists, and the body. The course will draw on questions of liberty, justice, and equality in how we think about health politics, how the United Nations aim of health for all can be realised, and what it really means.

Module lead:  Dr Miran Epstein
m.epstein@qmul.ac.uk

The past four decades or so have seen the decline of local systems of medical ethics and their ongoing supersession by a single global new one, also known as ‘biomedical ethics’. The doctrine of informed consent, respect for the patient’s autonomy, the discourse on allocation of scarce resources, national and international oversight committees, and the academic-clinical discipline of bioethics - all are now accepted worldwide, reflecting a process of globalisation/harmonisation of medical ethics. This new globalised core ethic is supposed to regulate the relations both among health care providers—the state, the medical industry, health care and academic institutions, staff, and scientists—as well as between them and other stakeholders, notably the patient, the human researchee, and the public.

The module will take the student on a journey through seven major areas of contemporary medical ethics:
• consent and consensus
• medical confidentiality
• the discourse on distributive justice
• human and animal research ethics
• end-of-life ethics
• transplant ethics
• reproductive ethicsThe introductory presentation of each of these topics will be followed by a critical discussion on their possible history and on the theoretical and practical implications of the competing conclusions.

This module aims to:
• Construct general definitions of ethics and medical ethics and compare them with existing definitions.
• Construct a general historical theory of ethics.
• Show that medical ethics is actually being globalised, and to introduce its major elements.
• Show the critical advantage of a historical reflection on contemporary medical ethics over the traditional philosophical reflection.
• Present the major competing historical narratives concerning the emergence and evolution of the ethical transformation in medicine and assess the explanatory value of each.

This module differs from conventional modules on medical ethics in that it does not treat its object philosophically, but rather historically. Indeed, it attempts to define the ethical transformation in terms of both form and content, identify its social beneficiaries and victims, and provide competing historical explanations for its emergence and evolution.
The conclusions of the discussion will have no necessary philosophical, ie, justificatory, implications; however, they may cast a new counterintuitive light on the entire enterprise, and prompt us to reconsider our ethical and philosophical choices.

Module lead:  Dr Elias Kondilis
e.kondilis@qmul.ac.uk

This is a compulsory module for the MSc health systems and global policy, and an elective module for the MSc global public health and policy, MSc, global health, law and governance, and MSc international primary health care.

The aim of this module is to examine methods and processes of health care system privatisation and to examine critically the consequences with respect to arrangements for risk pooling, equity, and efficiency.

This module will introduce students to the core concepts and theories of economic analysis that have underpinned the global trend towards health care reform. Conventional economic analyses of health policy will be examined and contrasted with public health approaches to health care planning. Particular attention is given to the impact of commercialisation on health care systems as a result of the international policy of increased private provision of public services. Closer involvement of the private sector in the planning and provision of public services has a range of practical and normative implications of which policy analysts need to be aware.

We examine the equity and cost effects of key financing and resource allocation methods associated with the health system reform agenda. Particular attention is given to the impact of commercialisation on the role and methods of health care needs assessment and needs-based resource allocation. Key reform concepts including integration and decentralisation are examined.

Module Leads: 

Prof S I Brundage, s.brundage@qmul.ac.uk

Prof K Brohi, k.brohi@qmul.ac.uk

This module will provide grounding in the basic science of haemorrhage and shock, coagulopathy in trauma, and introduce concepts such as damage control resuscitation and surgery.

Module lead: Dr Dianna Smith
d.smith@qmul.ac.uk

This is a core module for the MSc global public health and policy, MSc, global health, law and governance, MSc international primary health care, and MSc health systems and global policy.

This module requires students to critically examine how global social, economic and political determinants influence health and health inequalities, both between and within countries. Students will examine the theories and evidence underpinning social inequalities in health, considering structural/material and psychosocial theories in from an individual and area-level context. The module goes on to examine how patterns in the distribution of health, as well as their determinants, are shaped by social, economic and other public policies, which in turn are shaped by a distribution of power and economic resources globally and nationally. Finally, it examines what actions are required to address the social determinants of health and to achieve reductions in health inequalities.

The module is intended to equip the student to be able to describe and critically examine the causes and the measurement of inequalities in health, and the nature and range of policy solutions available to remedy them. This module is intended to complement modules on epidemiology, the sociology of health and illness and health systems.

Module lead:  Dr Dave McCoy
d.mccoy@qmul.ac.uk

This is a core module for the MSc global public health and policy, MSc, global health, law and governance, MSc international primary health care, and MSc health systems and global policy.

This module will enable students to analyse and evaluate health care systems in both developed and developing countries from the perspective of access to diagnostic and curative services.

All governments accept some responsibility for the allocation of health care throughout society and none leaves allocation entirely to the market. This module is concerned with the theories behind and mechanisms of government and market control in the health care system, and with the resource distributions that result. By contrasting integrated public with market-based health systems, the module provides an essential grounding in the description and analysis of major trends in health care policy both within the United Kingdom and internationally and also with the World Health Organization commitment to ‘health for all’.
This module will address the fundamental public health question of how best to organise health care in order to achieve universal coverage. Particularly concerned will be given to the with the ways in which health care systems differ from the perspective of access to services among social groups within the population, and also with the distributive effects of different organising principles such as market and public control. Consideration will also be given to the arguments for market reforms as governments adopt policies of cost containment in health spending.

Module lead: Dr Colin Millard
colin.millard@qmul.ac.uk

This is a core module for the MSc global public health and policy, MSc, global health, law and governance, MSc international primary health care, and MSc health systems and global policy.

The aims are

• to enable students to grasp how social theories can be brought to bear so as to extend understanding of health, illness and health care in contemporary societies
• to provide students with the methodological and analytical skills needed to formulate sociological and anthropological understanding of health, illness and health care
• to bring students to a point where the potential of sociological and anthropological work in helping to solve health and illness problems can be evaluated.

This module involves students in sociological and anthropological analyses of health and illness experiences, and the organisation and delivery of health care. Sociological and anthropological content focuses on topics including: the social context of illness, medicalisation and the medical model, illness experience, the clinical relationship, sociology of death and dying, the pharmaceutical industry, and global health.

Module lead: Prof Richard Ashcroft
r.ashcroft@qmul.ac.uk

This is a compulsory module for the MSc, global health, law and governance, and an elective module for the MSc global public health and policy, MSc international primary health care, and MSc health systems and global policy.

It aims to examine the normative and empirical bases for the protection and promotion of human rights and public health in their international contexts; and to analyse specific case studies in the field of health and human rights.

This module will introduce students to the core concepts and theories of international human rights law, ethics and policy that underpin contemporary global healthcare ethics and international public health practice. Particular attention is paid to: the legal normative basis of human rights and health; the interaction between the protection/promotion of public health and the protection/promotion of human rights; the international cooperative frameworks for health and human rights; the ethical debates around the human rights framework in general and specific case studies in health and human rights; and the institutional, economic and political challenges faced by health and human rights worldwide.

Dept. responsible. Pathology Unit, Blizard Institute and William Harvey Research Institute

Course organisers:

Dr Jurgen Groet, j.groet@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Dianne Cooper, d.cooper@qmul.ac.uk

Inflammation is central to many disorders, and chronic inflammatory diseases are a major source of disability. The module will examine the scope of inflammatory disorders, the causes of inflammation, how to treat it and how it should be assessed, both experimentally and clinically. The principal aim is to understand the mechanisms and treatments of common chronic inflammatory disorders. The module will also cover a variety of additional topics in pathology. Material covered in many of the lectures will reflect the research interests of the speakers, and will include such diverse subjects as gastro-intestinal and genito-urinary tumours, and ageing and oncogenes.

Topics include: overview of inflammation, mechanisms of inflammatory pain, animal models of inflammation, gene and protein therapies based on animal studies, mediators of inflammation, regulation of acute inflammation, mechanisms of auto-immune disease, and neuro-endocrine immune regulation of inflammation. Special topics include: testicular and prostatic tumours, and pathology of the bladder and GI system.

This is a taught module delivered by lectures. The content includes the mechanisms of the inflammatory response, including how the response is initiated, what molecules drive this process and which cell types are involved. The role of inflammation in several pathologies including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and transplant rejection are covered. Lectures are given on the use of anti-inflammatory therapeutic agents (NSAIDs, steroids and biological therapies) and their mechanisms of action. Students will be able to describe experimental models used to investigate both the mechanisms of inflammation and the development of new therapeutic drugs. Histological descriptions are illustrated by clinical pathologists of the genito-urinary tract, the gastrointestinal tract, as well as aging and oncogene expression including any inflammation at sites of disease.

Module convener:                           

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk          

Other Key Staff:                              

Professor Olwyn Westwood

This module is the first module undertaken and will consolidate knowledge gained by students during undergraduate studies and will ensure a solid basis upon which the first work placement can take place. Underpinning the need for inter-professional activities some tuition may be with GEP medical students or MSC clinical microbiology students.
Students will develop an awareness of the professional responsibilities of the clinical scientist and their role within the wider NHS.
Infectious Disease specific elements of the course will include basic laboratory training.

The module aims to prepare students for their first work placement. As students have a diverse background a period of consolidation and reinforcement of current knowledge is undertaken which includes preparation for the role of scientist within the NHS.
It is anticipated that students will become active members of NHS staff whilst on work placement and therefore this module ensures that students have a firm understanding of basic skills required to behave safely within a category 2 laboratory and are also aware of the further training they would require from the work placement.

 

Module lead: Prof Johanna Gibson
j.gibson@qmul.ac.uk

This seminar-based module examines the categories of intellectual property and the sources of intellectual property law (national, regional, and international) relevant to medical research, development and public health. In particular, the module examines the way in which intellectual property developments interact with ethical and socio-economic aspects of medicine, development and human rights (in particular the right to health, the right to development and access to medicines). Students will be introduced to patent law, trademarks and other related aspects of intellectual property laws relevant to medical innovation, research, and public health. Discussion topics will consider especially the relationship between intellectual property frameworks and the various industries contributing to medical innovation, the possible interaction with research practices and developments, and the consequences for various questions of public health, including individual property, access to products and information and human rights in health and development.

The module is intended to introduce students to the wider socio-economic and policy environment for legal regulation of medicines and their commercial markets, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property, pharmaceuticals and access to medicine. Students will also be provided with the tools to understand the various overlapping and conflicting rights, in particular competition law and human rights, including the right to health, right to development, right to cultural participation and access to medicines. The module is intended to equip students with the skills to examine critically the social, economic, cultural and political factors for intellectual property, global health and access to medicines. Students will also be exposed to the necessary critical tools for relevant and comprehensive policy analysis, debate and development in the relevant areas of intellectual property and health.

Module convener:         

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk   

Other Key Staff:              

Dr Mathias Dittmar, m.t.dittmar@qmul.ac.uk  

Mr James Winch

This module introduces the clinically important bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.
The lectures focus on recent developments in classification, pathogenicity and identification of these organisms.
The lectures are studied in conjunction with the practical sessions of the core diagnostic microbiology and laboratory methods module to develop a complete understanding of the organism, mechanisms of pathogenicity and laboratory diagnosis of clinically important micro-organisms.

This module offers the student a thorough knowledge and understanding of the major bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
As well as pathogens common in the UK the students is encouraged to develop a knowledge of microbial agents of tropical disease and also new and emerging pathogens.

The student learns to identify clinically important bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. The practicals focus on both traditional and modern molecular techniques for the identification of these organisms. 

Module Co-ordinators:

Dr Alicia Green, a.e.green@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Debra Marcos, d.marcos@qmul.ac.uk

This module provides teaching of the principles and practical skills required in endoscopy. It is intended as an update for those with some experience of endoscopy, and an introduction for novices allowing them to accelerate further training after completing this module.

The main details of the module are as follows:

  • Understanding of main diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy techniques.
  • Recognition of normal and pathological endoscopy images.
  • Understanding of principles of endoscopy equipment.
  • Knowledge of the processes consent, preparation and sedation of the patients.
  • Understanding of complications of endoscopy.
  • Organisation and running an endoscopy service.
  • Training in endoscopy.
  • Basic knowledge of interpretation of a videocapsule endoscopy

Module lead: Prof Maxine Robertson
m.robertson@qmul.ac.uk

Innovation is a process and it is the primary source of competitive advantage in knowledge-based economies. The management of innovation is inherently difficult and risky: most new technologies fail to be translated into products or services, and most new products and services are not commercial successes. In this integrative module we will explore the reasons why this is the case by exploring the innovation process in-depth. We will consider what might be done to improve the chances of 'success' and demonstrate that a behavioural approach rooted in the concept of managing knowledge, in and across organizations, is fundamental to managing innovation. This module will be of interest to any student with an interest in organisational behaviour and/ or organisational theory.

Module assessment

(i) assignment (40%); examination (60%)

Module convener:        

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk

This is a compulsory module for the MSc Biomedical Science (medical microbiology) and is required for accreditation of the degree by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

The students will study and reflect on:

  • Good management practice
  • Legislation relevant to diagnostic laboratories
  • Health and safety in the laboratory
  • Development of standard operating procedures
  • Quality assurance in the laboratory
  • LEAN evaluation and Audit processes
  • Methods of evaluation of new methods for use in the diagnostic laboratory
  • Have a knowledge of the role of new technologies e.g. molecular and automation in the diagnostic laboratory.
  • Understand of the role of the diagnostic laboratory within the NHS and with external agencies such as the HPA and WHO.
  • Occupational health

The module aims to prepare students for their role as managers of laboratories within the NHS.

  • Students will be introduced to current legislation for health and safety with relation to biohazards and COSHH.
  • Students will understand the concepts of standard operating procedures and quality assurance and will develop skills necessary to produce relevant documents for laboratories.
    Students will develop an awareness of worldwide infectious disease and implications for public health and communicable disease control in the UK in relation to visitors to the UK and UK residents travelling overseas
  • An overview of the role of vaccination in communicable disease control within the UK.
  • An understanding of the threat of bioterrorism in the UK, possible agents and the role of the clinical microbiology in control of such an event.

Module Co-ordinators:

Prof Graham Foster, g.r.foster@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Debra Marcos, d.marcos@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Alicia Green, a.e.green@qmul.ac.uk

In this module we look into :

  • Normal and abnormal liver, pancreatic and biliary anatomy and histology. Physiology of bile and gall stone formation.
  • The aetiopathogenesis of liver, biliary and pancreatic disease.
  • The clinical presentation and management of liver, biliary and pancreatic diseases: Non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Liver disease in pregnancy. Metals and liver. Autoimmune liver disease. Drug-induced liver disease. Alcoholic liver disease.
  • The principles and practice underlying the management of portal hypertension, cirrhosis and liver failure.
  • The importance of hepatotropic viruses as a cause of chronic liver diseases, the natural history, clinical presentation and management of hepatitis B and C. The methods used to evaluate new anti-viral agents and their strengths and weaknesses. How interferon works.
  • Liver cancer: chemotherapy approaches and surgical aspects
  • Imaging of the liver and pancreas Biliary and pancreatic disease. Pancreatic surgery. Benign liver lesions.

Module lead: Dr Colin Millard
colin.millard@qmul.ac.uk

This is a compulsory module for the MSc global public health and policy. This is a compulsory module for the MSc health systems and global policy, MSc, global health, law and governance, and MSc international primary health care.

This module aims to give students an understanding of the key socio-environmental determinants of health and health inequality. It will cover concepts fundamental to the study of population health from geographical, sociological, and epidemiological literatures and will allow you to engage with the recent emphasis on understanding group-level contextual (ecological) social and physical determinants of health (e.g. built environment, community social capital, racism and discrimination) . In addition, the section will examine key theoretical concepts such as deprivation amplification, explore the relative merits of psycho-social and neo-materialist approaches, and introduce recent debates relating to the eco-social perspective.

This module explores the socio-ecological determinants of poor health, death, and disease in the nations that constitute the global North. The section begins by introducing you to the broad topic of the social determinants of health and to the importance of population level (ecological) explanations. Additionally, you will be introduced to debates relating to ‘context’ and ‘composition’ and the development of eco-social theory. Once in place, the section moves on to explore specific determinants of health inequalities: income, social capital and community cohesion, discrimination, and the built environment. Each of these sessions will draw on specific examples to help illustrate the key themes being explored. This part of the module is then brought to a conclusion in two ways: firstly, you are encouraged to engage with dominant explanations for the inequalities that we observe and, secondly, to consider public health interventions designed to overcome them.

Module Leads:

Dr Christos Giannou

This module for Military and Humanitarian Masters will provide a background into both military and civilian humanitarian events.

 

Module convener:            

Dr Olivier Marches, o.marches@qmul.ac.uk

Other Key Staff:              

Professor Lucinda Hall, lucinda.hall@qmul.ac.uk

Professor Dan Pennington (Host immune response), d.pennington@qmul.ac.uk

This module offers the student teaching and workshops covering the principles of molecular biology, the biology of bacteria, and explores the use of current molecular techniques in the research and diagnosis of infectious disease. The human immune system is studied followed by a study of the interaction of micro-organisms with the host immune system.

The module aims to provide:

  • An understanding of bacterial metabolism and physiology.
  • An understanding of bacterial genetics and gene regulation
  • An understanding of current molecular biology techniques; how and why they are used within research and diagnostic laboratories.
  • An understanding of bacterial pathogenesis
  • A thorough grounding in human immunology.
  • An understanding of the interaction between the host immune response and microorganisms in health and disease.

Module convener          

Dr Olivier Marches, o.marches@qmul.ac.uk

Other Key Staff:              

Professor Lucinda Hall, lucinda.hall@qmul.ac.uk 

Professor  Dan Pennington (Host immune response), d.pennington@qmul.ac.uk  

This module offers the student teaching and workshops covering the principles of molecular biology, the biology of bacteria and explores the use of current molecular techniques in the research and diagnosis of infectious disease. The human immune system is studied followed by a study of the interaction of micro-organisms with the host immune system.

The module aims to provide:

  • An understanding of bacterial metabolism and physiology.
  • An understanding of bacterial genetics and gene regulation.
  • An understanding of current molecular biology techniques; how and why they are used within research and diagnostic laboratories
  • An understanding of bacterial pathogenesis
  • A thorough grounding in human immunology
  • An understanding of the interaction between the host immune response and micro-organisms in health and disease.

Module Co-ordinators:

Professor Quasim Aziz, q.aziz@qmul.ac.uk

Professor Daniel Sifrim, d.sifrim@qmul.ac.uk

The aims of the course are to enable course members to gain some understanding in relation to Neurogastroenterology and Motility as follows:

  • Approach to patients with Functional GI disorders
  • Current and developing treatment of Functional GI disorders
  • Upper and Lower GI physiological measurements
  • Upper and Lower GI Motility
  • Neurophysiology and mechanisms of visceral pain
  • Neuroendocrine control of gastric sensory/motor function
  • Molecular aspects of visceral sensory and motor function
  • Pathophysiology of oesophageal disorders
  • Mechanisms of nausea, bloating , vomiting, gastroparesis and epigastric pain
  • Techniques to study small bowel motor function
  • Sphincter of Oddi function and dysfunction and its management
  • Hirschsprung Disease and anorectal malformations
  • Approach to Surgical Treatment  for GI Functional Disorders
  • Pseudo-Intestinal Obstruction and its management
  • Psychological aspects of functional disorders
  • Modulation of visceral pain by psychological factors
  • Ability to discuss some practical cases
  • Research in Progress

Module Co-ordinators:

Prof Nick Croft, n.m.croft@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Ian Sanderson, i.r.sanderson@qmul.ac.uk

This module serves as a thorough overview of gastrointestinal and liver diseases in children and adolescents and gastrointestinal infectious diseases.

The aims of this module are to provide understanding and knowledge of the common and unusual diseases of the gastrointestinal, hepato-biliary, pancreatic tracts in children and adolescents, and infectious diseases of the GI tract. There is a focus on the science and research underpinning the diseases

  • GI and liver preclinical sciences (e.g. embryology, anatomy, post natal development, physiology) and the abnormalities of this development.
  • Ethics and practicalities of research in children.
  • Normal and abnormal growth and puberty. Normal and abnormal nutrition.
  • Acute infective diarrhoea in children.
  • Chronic diarrhoea and enteropathy (Coeliac disease, etc)
  • Congenital chronic intractable diarrhoea
  • CF and the Gut, pancreatic insufficiency
  • Functional GI Diseases in children.
  • Food allergy and intolerance
  • Rectal bleeding including polyps syndromes
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, Adult versus paeds, growth and bones and enteral feeds. Clinical assessment of intestinal immunity
  • Cholestatic jaundice (the yellow baby). Hepatitis
  • Chronic liver disease and liver transplantation  in childhood
  • Malnutrition in children. Intestinal failure, short gut and small bowel transplantation
  • Indication and complications of parenteral nutrition. Feeding and swallowing difficulties in children (including oesophageal dysmotility, achalasia)
  • GI Infections and tropical gastroenterology: immunity against organisms, mucosal vaccines. Bacterial, protozoal and viral infections.

Module Leads:

Dr Kash Akhtar, k.akhtar@qmul.ac.uk

Mr Peter Bates, peterbates@bartshealth.nhs.uk

This module will provide a comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal and extremities vascular trauma. Particular attention will be given to cases of blunt and penetrating injuries to the extremities and the resultant vascular abnormalities.

Module convener:           

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk         

Other Key Staff:                              

Professor Lucinda Hall, lucinda.hall@qmul.ac.uk

 

This module is designed to give the student a thorough background to the principles of scientific research to equip them to undertake relevant research within the NHS as an individual and as part of a research team.

This module is designed to give the student a thorough underpinning knowledge of the importance of research, development and innovation across the NHS and in healthcare science. Using this knowledge the student will be able to undertake relevant scientific research within the NHS.

Students will learn about the importance of ethics for a project and understand the legal framework in which research with patients and/or patient samples must be undertaken.

Students will develop the skills to present their research both to fellow healthcare professionals and to non scientific audiences.

The process of developing clinical guidelines from research results will be explored.

Module convener:           

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk

The overall aim of this module, building on the Research Methods module is for the student to undertake research that shows originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret new information in a specialism of healthcare science.

The student will undertake an original piece of research involving the application of scientific investigation to one or more clinical situations.


Aims of the module.

The module aims to provide:

  • An understanding of ethical issues with regards to clinical research.
  • An introduction to grant proposal writing.
  • Experience of practical scientific research.
  • Develop organisational skills such as time management and record keeping.
  • Experience of presenting scientific research as a written document and at a seminar

Module convener:         

Dr Albert Mifsud, albert.mifsud@phe.gov.uk        

This is a compulsory core module covering aspects of public health and communicable disease control. After an introduction to practical epidemiology with special reference to clinical microbiology and infectious disease in the community, the module focuses on the relationship between the NHS, HPA, environmental health services and other relevant bodies in the UK.  The module also explores the worldwide public health issues which have implications for public health in the UK. The microbiology and legal aspects of food and water borne infections are also included within this module.

The module aims to provide:

  • An introduction to epidemiology including study design
  • An overview of the role of the clinical microbiology laboratory and the clinical microbiologist in the control of communicable disease within the UK including an understanding of the other agencies in the UK (e.g. NHS, HPA, environmental health services and councils) and the interaction required between clinical microbiology and these agencies for continued good public health.
  • An introduction to the principles of outbreak investigation and control including look back.
  • An understanding of the role of the microbiology laboratory in the quality assurance of food and water in the UK and the current legislation and guidelines on microbiological testing of food and water.
  • An awareness of worldwide infectious disease and implications for public health and communicable disease control in the UK in relation to visitors to the UK and UK residents travelling overseas
  • An overview of the role of vaccination in communicable disease control within the UK.
  • An understanding of the threat of bioterrorism in the UK, possible agents and the role of the clinical microbiology in control of such an event.

Module lead: Mr Peter Roderick
p.roderick@qmul.ac.uk

This is a compulsory module for the MSc, global health, law and governance, and an elective module for the MSc global public health and policy, MSc international primary health care, and MSc health systems and global policy.

It is intended to introduce students to some of the key international legal instruments and organisations that influence public health standards and policies.

This module will provide an introduction to international processes and legal regimes which are leading to global standard-setting and influence over national public health policies. Our focus will be on pharmaceuticals and international legal instruments across human rights, trade, and environmental sectors that are particularly relevant for public health. We will critically examine the powers, instruments, and policies of the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization with respect to tobacco control, health services liberalisation, and harmonisation of pharmaceutical standards. We will also examine key international conventions and protocols concerning climate change, air pollution, and human rights.

Module convener:        

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk 

This module requires the student to undertake an original piece of research involving the application of scientific investigation to an area relevant to clinical microbiology. The investigation can be laboratory based or can be patient care focused (e.g. an audit).

Fulltime students usually complete their project within BICMS or the NHS at Barts and the London. Part time students complete their project at their sponsoring institution.

Before any student commences their project, they complete a project proposal with their supervisor in the style of a grant application and include with this document a timeline for the research. The student is also expected to have a formal review of progress with the supervisor halfway through the project. Copies of the project proposal and the formal review are given to the module organiser.
The module organiser regularly liaises with the project supervisors of all students, especially the part time students who are completing the project under the supervision of their home institution.

Module Leads:

Prof. Karim Brohi, k.brohi@qmul.ac.uk

Prof. Susan Brundage, s.brundage@qmul.ac.uk

This module will provide a general introduction to research methods in medical science.

Module Leads:

Dr K Akhtar, k.akhtar@qmul.ac.uk

Mr P Bates, peterbates@bartshealth.nhs.uk

This module will cover the pathophysiology of spine, nerve and spinal Cord injury.

Module co-ordinators:

Prof Nick Croft, n.m.croft@qmul.ac.uk

Dr David Bulmer, d.bulmer@qmul.ac.uk

You will study:

The scientific basis of GI diseases (clinical anatomy, embryology, physiology, histology, microbiology). 

Applied immunology, cell biology, molecular biology relevant to the GI tract.

Human genetics and its application to GI diseases.

Principles of investigating GI diseases: advantages, disadvantages and applications including radiological, nuclear medicine, endoscopy, physiological, pH studies, impedance and breath tests.

Dept. responsible. School of Engineering and Material Sciences (SEMS), QMUL

Course organiser.

Dr K. Hing, k.a.hing@qmul.ac.uk

To develop an understanding of the concept that chemistry, structure and mechanics combine to contribute to a materials success or failure in clinical applications.   Developing the ability to strategically evaluate what comprises biocompatibility and the most appropriate techniques for its assessment is essential in this field.

Topics include: This module will provide a comprehensive understanding of the concepts related to biocompatibility. It will cover topics including proteins and protein adsorption, cells and tissue interactions (attachment, fluid shear and mechanotransduction), biomaterial blood and cell interactions, inflammation, wound healing and foreign body response and toxicity, hypersensitivity and infection.

The In-vitro testing of biomaterials will be considered with respect to 
– chemical exchange and degradation 
– cell response (proliferation vs differentiation)
– evaluation of material compatibility
– evaluation of device functionality (biomechanics, remodelling/adaptation)
Matters related to clinical trials and regulatory approval will be considered including clean manufacturing, microbiology, packaging and sterility assurance.

Module leads:

Prof. Karim Brohi, k.brohi@qmul.ac.uk

Prof. Susan Brundage, s.brundage@qmul.ac.uk

This module will analyse aspects of torso trauma and the effect that different mechanisms have on torso injuries.

Module Leads:

Dr Elaine Cole

e.cole@qmul.ac.uk 

This elective module will provide an overview of the trauma nurses role.

Module Leads:

Dr K Akhtar, k.akhtar@qmul.ac.uk

Mr P Bates, peterbates@bartshealth.nhs.uk

This module will analyse aspects of torso trauma and the effect that different mechanisms have on torso injuries.

Module Leads: 

Prof K Brohi, k.brohi@qmul.ac.uk

Prof S I Brundage, s.brundage@qmul.ac.uk

This module will develop advanced and critical knowledge of the principles and theory of trauma, from triage and pre-hospital care to injury prevention.

 

 

 

  • Distance Learning
  • Part Time

Overview (PGDip/MSc) This is the first Aesthetic Medicine  postgraduate programme within the UK focusing on non-operative techniques and is open to a variety of clinicians such as Doctors, Dentists and Nurses....

  • Attendance Based
  • Part Time
  • Full Time

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London has a long history of providing high quality postgraduate education for clinicians and scientists working in the NHS, PHE and...

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The clinical management of burn patients has developed significantly over the last few decades. This relates to multiple factors including a better...

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology is organised by the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research in the Blizard Institute, and the Department of Dermatology Barts Health. This distance learning...

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The course in clinical microbiology is designed to be both a complete curriculum in clinical microbiology for new entrants into the field and as an update and extension for those already in it. The  course provides...

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Designed as both a thorough introduction and update in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, this programme is aimed at clinicians wishing to gain strong knowledge of the sciences underpinning...

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Global public health has become a subject of study across several disciplines, including biomedicine, political economy, sociology and anthropology, epidemiology and statistics, health services research, and policy...

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The MSc global public health and policy builds on models of social determinants of health and international health concepts of policy-making at local, national, and international levels. Social determinants and...

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  The programme provides a broad introduction to global health with a focus on health systems policy. Students will first develop a broad foundation in global public health in the first semester before focusing on...

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Today’s globalised world is marked by high levels of migration. There are an estimated 232 million international migrants and 763 million internal migrants and these figures are on the increase. Every seventh person...

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This new two year online MSc in Orthopaedic Trauma Science uses innovative methods of teaching and assessment for a fresh, dynamic and interactive approach to teaching orthopaedic trauma. It is designed to be readily...

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This is the first dedicated UK microsurgery degree in this innovative and rapidly developing field. This Distance Learning programme will provide surgeons with comprehensive training in...

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  Regenerative medicine is an interdisciplinary field, which aims to repair diseased or damaged tissues using biological or cell-based technologies. It is a rapidly growing area of biomedical research that...

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Trauma is the disease caused by physical injury. Trauma has only been called a “disease” since the 1970s. Although it seems strange at first, it is the correct term to use. Severe injury triggers a sequence of...

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Trauma is the disease caused by physical injury. Trauma has only been called a “disease” since the 1970s. Although it seems strange at first, it is the correct term to use. Severe injury triggers a sequence of...

Level: First year undergraduate (level 4)

Semester: A

Course credits: 15 ECTS

Course coordinator:

Dr. Tim Huijts
Lecturer in Global Public Health
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Blizard Institute
Queen Mary University of London
Yvonne Carter Building, Room 1.09
58 Turner Street, E1 2AB London
Phone: (020) 7882 2497
 

Centres:  Centre for Primary Care and Public Health.

Research Groups:  Women’s Health Research Unit.

Full title: Evidence-based Medicine Collaboration Network for guideline development, teaching and dissemination

Acronym: EBM Connect

Overview

EBM CONNECT is funded by the Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES). It aims to harness the combined research expertise of several centres in evidence-based medicine or EBM. We focus on development of state-of-the-art methodology for systematic reviews and practice guidelines in maternal health. These contribute towards improving research synthesis skills throughout the European Union and the developing world and towards promoting effective healthcare through research based practice and policy.  Not only does the centres benefit from staff exchange to develop their own skills, this project advances the frontiers in research synthesis.  It creates the ability to conduct multinational projects and establish an electronic platform for research communication and collaboration. By establishing a worldwide agenda and a critical mass through the exchange, it generates momentum that will allow development to continue. This is vital with reference to improving maternal health, as this is an area where disparity exists not only worldwide but also between EU member states.

The exchange scheme is based around three main objectives. First, it increases research skills through the sharing of each participant’s expertise. Second, it develops new methods for searching, quality assessment and meta-analysis to improve the standard of reviews and guidelines produced. This includes appraisal and adaptation of these reviews and guidelines to ensure they can be utilised widely within and outside the EU, including translation into Chinese and Spanish.  Third, it establishes a cutting edge research seminar series for widespread dissemination of the work.   

We have well-established and internationally recognised generic expertise in evidence synthesis in maternal health, with highly qualified specialists in individual centres. We also have previous experience of multinational cooperation in researching and advancing evidence-based medicine research through multicentre cooperative studies and projects (WHO-RHL, EU-EBM consortium  (www.ebm-unity.org)  (Leonardo da Vinci Programme), SUPPORT (EU FP6)). We seek to hone and broaden research synthesis skills through effective staff exchange and to broaden the scope of this work to facilitate our ultimate goal of influencing policy making in maternal health.

Pathology can be described as the study of disease. To understand the disease state, it is essential to understand the normal processes of the body. This course offers learning in specific areas of pathology covering...

 

Geographies of Biomedicine and Global Health

GEG4401

Semester 2

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Simon Reid-Henry
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module introduces students to the study of human health and disease (conceived as both an individual, a community and a population attribute) from an historical and geographical perspective. It places particular emphasis on exploring the forms of geographical unevenness in contemporary global health and biomedicine and the social, political and economic processes that have shaped this. The module is divided into three parts, each of which familiarises students with current debates in global health and biomedicine and provides an introduction to core themes and ideas: Society, Culture and Health; Geographies of Global Health; and Geographies of Biomedicine. The course is thematically organized but introduces core case studies into each lecture.

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Underpinned by a commitment to principles of social justice and fairness, this intercalated BSc in global public health will provide students with a public health perspective on today's global challenges....

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The science of infectious disease and epidemiology is an interdisciplinary subject situated at the interface between medicine, molecular and cell biology and the social sciences. This fact is taken into account by...

Rating: 15 credits

Prerequisites: None (however, at the beginning of the course, all students will be invited to undergo a self-assessment math test in order to evaluate their ability to follow the mathematical concepts within the course. Extra support will be given to those who will not pass the test)

Lectures: 1 hour per week semester A

Seminars: 2 hours per week semester A

Assessment: short answer test (100%)  

 

Level: First year undergraduate (level 4)

Semester: B

Course credits: 15 ECTS

Course coordinator:

Dr. Petra Sevcikova
Senior Researcher
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Blizard Institute
Queen Mary University of London
Yvonne Carter Building, Room 1.09
58 Turner Street, E1 2AB London

Rating: 15 credits

Prerequisites: None

Lectures: 1 hour per week semester A

Seminars: 2 hours per week semester A

Assessment:

Annotated Bibliography (30%) 
Review Essay (30%) Due: 
In-Class Quiz (15%) 
Poster and Presentation (25%)

Level: First year undergraduate (level 4)

Semester: 1

Course credits: 15 ECTS

 

 

Rating: 15 credits

Prerequisites: None

Lectures: 1 hour per week semester B

Seminars: 2 hours per week semester B

Assessment: 2000 word essay (80%) and group presentation(20%)

Level: First year undergraduate (level 4)

Semester: B

Course credits: 15 ECTS

Course coordinator:

Dr. Tim Huijts
Lecturer in Global Public Health
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Blizard Institute
Queen Mary University of London
Yvonne Carter Building, Room 1.09
58 Turner Street, E1 2AB London
Phone: (020) 7882 2497

 

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