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Oxford masters programme in EBHC

The University of Oxford Centre for Continuing Professional Development has introduced an integrated postgraduate programme to provide education and training in the principles and practices of evidence-based health care for professionals in the NHS. The course will also be useful for those working in health care delivery or research in a commercial environment.

The programme integrates core elements of evidence-based health care into a coherent basis of expertise and competence in using and establishing evidence of health care effectiveness and efficiency.

Aim of the programme

It seeks to enable people to:
  • Understand the principles of evidence-based health care.
  • Identify, critically appraise and incorporate results of medical and social science research into day-to-day decision making.
  • Teach others how to find, appraise and implement evidence-based research.
  • Design, execute, analyse and interpret clinical trials, overviews and other forms of health care evaluation.
  • Undertake research in order to establish evidence where it is not available or is of uncertain quality.


The Masters Programme has a layered approach with three related courses - Certificate, Diploma, MSc as shown in the box. Certificate and Diploma courses can be taken separately, but in order; Certificates lead to Diploma which lead to a Master of Science degree from the University of Oxford.

Masters Programme Content

Certificate modules:
C1 Practice of evidence-based health care
C2 Teaching evidence-based health care
C3 Implementing and monitoring change in health care:
Diploma modules:
D1 Architecture of health research
D2 Fundamentals of biostatistics
D3 Research and protocol development
Masters modules:
M1 Elective
M2 Elective (both from 14 topics)
M3 Thesis (25,000 words)

Who should do it?

Graduates (or people who have completed a professional training course), with at least five years professional work experience in health care. They should be able to bring specific work-based problems along about which they will be seeking evidence and be able to combine classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-based health care within the workplace.

The course should be appropriate for many nurses, managers, scientists and doctors. The courses are taught in Oxford, but there are no residential requirements that we know of.

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