Course Overview

The MSc in Evidence-Based Future Healthcare is an exciting new fully online interprofessional postgraduate course designed for busy healthcare workers seeking to transform their current practice, optimise healthcare outcomes and advance their careers in a rapidly evolving field. Our future-facing programme aims to equip healthcare workers from all backgrounds with the skills and knowledge to tackle current and emerging healthcare challenges by utilising cutting-edge approaches to evidence identification, appraisal, and implementation.

The programme will be delivered by experts in evidence-based healthcare from the University of Galway, with guest contributions from international experts. This programme is also closely linked with the internationally-recognised centres of excellence of Evidence Synthesis Ireland, Cochrane Ireland and the HRB Trials Methodology Research Network.

Programme launch

In October 2023 we welcomed TD Hildegard Naughton, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and the National Drugs Strategy to University of Galway campus to launch our programme. This event coincided with World Evidence Based Healthcare Day and was covered in several local national and international media outlets. Read more here.

Elaine Toomey prog launch

At the launch of the new Masters in Evidence-Based Future Healthcare at University of Galway were, from left, Dr Elaine Toomey, a lecturer in Evidence-Based Healthcare at University of Galway, Health Research Board fellow and Co-Director of the new Masters; Government Chief Whip and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton T.D.; and Professor Martin O'Donnell, Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Galway. Credit—Martina Regan Photography.

Applications and Selections

Applications will be via the university's online Postgraduate Applications System.

Supporting documents required for this programme will be listed here. A downloadable PDF is available here also to outline these requirements in detail.

Relevant Experience: The selection committee will give preference to candidates with one to two or more years of experience in their relevant field, as this demonstrates a deeper understanding of the healthcare industry and the potential for greater contributions to the field. By healthcare-related field, we mean that this can include a wide range of roles, such as direct care in clinical settings, non-clinical roles in healthcare administration, policy or research, community service focused on healthcare, public health, health promotion, or other related areas. We welcome applicants with diverse experiences that contribute to a broader understanding of health and its various aspects. If over-subscribed, we will also review applicants to ensure a balance of disciplines to ensure our interprofessional multidisciplinary focus.

 

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

  1. A 1.1 (or equivalent) or 2.1 (or equivalent) Bachelor’s honours degree in a healthcare-related field*
  2. Applicants should have relevant work experience in healthcare, including direct care for individuals or communities in clinical settings, non-clinical roles in healthcare administration, policy, or research and community service focused on healthcare.
  3. Applicants from diverse backgrounds with a variety of healthcare experiences, including those such as health policy, public health etc, healthcare management etc., are welcomed
  4. A minimum overall score of 7.0 IELTS, with no less than 6.5 in any one band for international applicants 

*Applicants from non-healthcare-related degrees will be considered (minimum requirement of 2nd Class Honours, Grade 1) on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the coordinators.

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Duration

1 year Full-Time OR 2 years Part-Time

Next start date

September 2024

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

No maximum

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

5 May 2024

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

Course code

To be confirmed

Course Outline

Students will learn about the key concepts, principles and application of evidence-based healthcare, health research methods, searching and appraising evidence, using statistics to inform healthcare decisions, person-centred care and shared decision-making in the age of mis/disinformation, the role of digital health and technology in clinical decision-making and advancing health equity through evidence-based practice. An applied final capstone project will ensure the applicability of learning to the student’s own workplace.

Our flexible online learning approach means learning at a time and place that suits you. We will use cutting-edge technology to deliver diverse online teaching and learning methods, including recorded lectures, live online tutorials, groupwork and interactive discussion boards, to maximise an engaging learning experience. Students will be assessed through a variety of methods including written assignments, online assessments, individual and group presentations. Each module and assessment is highly applied to real-world settings and targets the development of critical thinking, problem-solving skills and interprofessional evidence-based practice.

Module Name

Module Aim

ECTS

1. Introduction to Evidence-Based Healthcare: Principles and Practice

This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of evidence-based healthcare, its relevance for contemporary healthcare and how to apply this knowledge to healthcare practice

10

2. Foundations of Research in Healthcare: Methods and Design

This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of various healthcare research methods and study designs and how to apply this knowledge to design relevant research studies.

10

3. Art and Science of Evidence-Based Healthcare: Searching, Synthesizing, and Appraising Evidence

This module aims to empower students with the advanced knowledge and skills needed to search, synthesise, and appraise healthcare research evidence effectively and efficiently.

10

4. Interpreting Statistical Tests in Healthcare: A Practical Approach

This module aims to equip students with the practical skills needed to effectively appraise and interpret statistical tests and apply these skills to decision-making within real-world healthcare scenarios.

10

5. Person-Centered Care and Shared Decision-Making

This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to empower, encourage and incorporate the voice of the person receiving care and to engage in shared decision-making as a collaborative process.

10

6. Innovations in Healthcare: Exploring the Role of Digital Health and Technology

This module will explore the ways in which digital health and artificial intelligence can be used to improve healthcare outcomes. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the latest technological innovations in health care and their potential impacts on healthcare delivery and outcomes for those receiving care and how to apply this within their practice.

10

7. Advancing Health Equity through Evidence Based Practice

This module will equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to address health disparities and promote health equity in various healthcare settings, including clinical and public health settings, thus helping shape healthcare's future towards better and greater equity and social justice.

10

8. APPLIED PROJECT: Interdisciplinary Healthcare Innovation: A Capstone Project

This module aims to facilitate students to showcase their learning in evidence-based healthcare and apply their knowledge, skills and training to solve real-world implementation challenges.

20

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Evidence-Based Future Healthcare opens a broad spectrum of employment and career advancement opportunities for graduates. Here's why this program holds the potential to significantly benefit your professional trajectory:

  1. Up-to-date skillset: This programme equips you with cutting-edge skills and knowledge to tackle present and emerging healthcare challenges, making you a crucial asset in any healthcare environment.
  2. Promotion opportunities: Holding a specialised Master's degree makes you an ideal candidate for senior roles and leadership positions in your current organisation or other healthcare organisations.
  3. Research proficiency: You’ll gain a solid foundation in in various health research methodologies, an attribute highly valued in the healthcare sector, improving your prospects for conducting further research such as a PhD, or applying for advanced training programs.
  4. Dual Clinical-Academic positions: This programme will benefit those currently in or aiming to apply for dual clinical-academic roles thanks to its focus on both practical and academic aspects of healthcare.
  5. Interprofessional learning experience: Our programme places a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning and groupwork to reflect the realities of modern healthcare. You will benefit from a wealth of perspectives in the classroom, strengthening your learning experience and, ultimately, improving the healthcare system and outcomes for people receiving care.
  6. Versatile career paths: If you have a broader interest in research implementation within healthcare decision-making, this program also prepares you for careers in health policy agencies, funding bodies, research commissioning bodies, and healthcare administration.
  7. Competitive edge: With its interprofessional and future-facing focus, this degree will provide you with a competitive edge, improving your prospects in a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Upon successful completion of this programme, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of evidence-based healthcare, including its key concepts, principles and application to emerging healthcare trends and challenges.
  2. Identify and use appropriate research methods and designs for healthcare research, and formulate clear and answerable research questions.
  3. Master the advanced skills necessary to effectively search, synthesise, appraise, and apply research evidence in healthcare decision-making.
  4. Demonstrate competence in interpreting and critically evaluating common statistical tests used in healthcare research
  5. Apply evidence-based healthcare principles to clinical decision-making, taking into account patient preferences, values, and unique circumstances, and foster a culture of shared decision-making.
  6. Develop a deep understanding of the latest technological innovations in healthcare and their potential impacts on healthcare delivery and outcomes.
  7. Promote health equity and address health disparities in various healthcare settings by applying the concepts and principles of evidence-based practice.
  8. Apply knowledge and skills gained in the programme to real-world healthcare scenarios, demonstrating effective team-working, problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills.
  9. Contribute to developing evidence-based healthcare policy and practice, and make a meaningful impact on healthcare delivery by fostering a culture of knowledge translation and evidence-based practice
 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€9,890 p.a. full-time; €5355 p.a. part-time (including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€9,750 p.a. full-time; €5,250 p.a. part-time 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. full-time; €105 p.a. part-time 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€17,640 full-time (including levy); €9,105 p.a. part-time (including levy) 24/25

Find out More

For further information about the MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare and how it can boost your career, please email our Programme Directors at: FutureEvidenceMSc@universityofgalway.ie

Programme Directors:

Dr Elaine Toomey
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Professor Declan Devane
School of Nursing and Midwifery


Programme endorsements

Dr Karla

Dr Karla Soares-Weiser |   Editor-in-Chief, Cochrane

Empowering all healthcare professionals with evidence-based practices is pivotal for advancing our healthcare system and ensuring optimal patient care. The MSc in Evidence-Based Future Healthcare stands at the forefront of this transformative education.
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Mr Bill

Mr Bill Maher |   Group CEO, Bon Secours Health System

Progressive healthcare demands exceptional treatments with a solid evidence base to meet the growing demands of patients and healthcare delivery systems. Innovation and perpetual improvement continues to promote greater effectiveness and efficiency, along with the key skills and attributes for the modern healthcare professional. For those professionals keen to continually develop their skills and maintain a competitive advantage, I would recommend the MSc in Evidence-Based Future Healthcare.
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Professor Anthony

Professor Anthony O'Regan |   Chief Academic Officer, Saolta University Healthcare

The healthcare landscape is rapidly evolving, and it’s critical that we respond to current challenges with collaborative, efficient and effective evidence-based solutions. This MSc in Evidence-Based Future Healthcare addresses a key strategic need for interprofessional programmes that will help students to find these solutions.

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