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Online course provides solutions for health care workers

Healthcare professionals can now gain a new qualification regardless of wherever they are in the world, thanks to a new course launched by Newcastle University.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences' new online part-time MSc in Clinical and Health Sciences was launched last year.

The modular course presents a flexible opportunity for busy clinicians. Upon successful completion of a module, students can opt to study additional modules and work towards achieving a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a full Masters in Clinical and Health Sciences. Specialisms include Therapeutics, Ageing, Oncology and Clinical Sciences.

Cutting-edge modules

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health, while effective treatments for diseases, neurodegenerative disorders and inflammatory conditions remain elusive. As a result, healthcare professionals' thirst for wider knowledge on drug discovery and development, translational and stratified medicine, has become increasingly apparent.

The online modules suit busy primary and secondary health care workers. As well as the traditional September start date, students can select modules that begin in January and April.

The module library enables students to tailor learning to their self-identified needs so as to maintain, enrich and accelerate their breadth of knowledge and career progression. Feedback from students has also shown that the modules provide useful insights into drug development and highlights how drugs used in everyday practice reach the market.

Dr Simon Hill, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer said: “Students can learn about where drugs come from, how they are discovered, the challenges associated with turning them into medicines for use in the treatment of patients, their pharmacology and the role of the regulatory agencies.

“The modules and Clinical and Health Sciences postgraduate courses are detailed, interactive, and collaborative and aim to deliver transferable and useful knowledge and skills.”

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published on: 2 March 2016