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The Institute provides an enhanced interface between its world-class research facilities and teaching through the co-location of primary care undergraduate teaching and Master’s programmes. 


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Applied Digital Health

In addition, in 2022 the Institute launched a new Master’s programme in Applied Digital Health to build a competent and skilled workforce that can bridge the knowledge gap between healthcare and digital technologies.

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Translational Health Sciences

The social science of innovation: taking an interdisciplinary and applied approach to the challenges of implementing innovations and research discoveries in a healthcare setting.  Turning innovations into practical solutions for healthcare needs is an imperative – and one that can only become more urgent as demands on health systems increase. Our key focus in this Master's programme will be the ‘downstream’ phases of translational health sciences – the human, organisational and societal issues that impact on the adoption, dissemination and mainstreaming of research discoveries. We will address these issues using robust, interdisciplinary and practice-based approaches in this highly applied course.

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Evidence-Based Health Care

Our world-class programme of part-time graduate courses and professional short courses is designed to meet the interests and professional requirements of clinicians, scientists and researchers, working in a wide range of disciplines.

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 Global Healthcare Leadership

This part-time MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership is an intellectually rigorous and highly practical programme, designed to develop experienced leaders with the skills to deliver affordable, effective and efficient healthcare in complex global systems.  Designed for experienced healthcare managers and leaders with over five years' relevant professional experience, this multi-disciplinary Master’s degree is led by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences in partnership with Saïd Business School, creating an innovative and integrated programme that harnesses the University’s world-leading expertise in healthcare, business and policy.

Applied digital health masters' Projects

The ADH MSc end of year projects cover a wide variety of topics such as:

  • AI Decision Support System for predicting cancer risk in cardiovascular disease patients
  • Social media and commercial determinants of health: a scoping review
  • International data governance considerations of the Healthy Lifestyle Network
  • Exploring the use of digital health technologies in the surveillance and prevention of social isolation among older populations
  • Extreme heat and the use of online consultations in primary care
  • Systematic review of the costs of polygenic risk scores for the routine clinical use
  • Programmatically modelling the effect of non-pharmacological interventions on RSV prevalence
  • Using large datasets to study the associations between RSGP-RSC surveillance swabbing in children under 5 years of age with RSV positivity.
  • Can the attributes of a GP practice predict general surveillance sampling success
  • Development of influenza vaccine ontologies
  • Robots and variables automony in the field of digital health innovationn
  • Exploring the use of digital health technologies in the prevention of heatwave morbidity and mortality among older populations
  • A global scoping review on the use of chatbots to support healthcare decision making
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of primary care identification of the NHS England Hepatitis C elimination programme
  • Evaluation of web-based psychological/behavioural interventions for children

DPHIL Projects

Name DPhil project

Annika Theodoulou

Investigating and addressing socioeconomic inequalities in smoking cessation behaviours and outcomes

Supervisors: Dr Jamie Hartmann-BoyceDr Nicola Lindson

Becky Garnett

Supporting the implementation of self-monitoring of blood pressure - focus on complex pre-eclampsia screening intervention

Supervisors: Dr James SheppardProfessor Richard McManusDr Rebecca Barnes

Defne Saatci

Understanding the early presenting features and long-term complications of childhood and adolescent cancer

Supervisors: Professor Julia Hippisley-CoxProfessor Anthony Harnden

Denise Bastas

Implement a standard program within primary care settings to target the physical activity discussion practices of primary care physicians

Supervisors: Dr David NunanProfessor Kamal Mahtani

Gina Wren

Using Behavioural Insights to Improve Effectiveness of Digital Weight Loss Interventions

Supervisors: Professor Susan JebbDr Dimitrios KoutoukidisDr Jadine Scragg

Ishbel Henderson

Supporting the implementation of self-monitoring of blood pressure

Supervisors: Professor Richard McManusDr James SheppardDr Rebecca Barnes

Jemma Houghton

Diabetes mellitus type 2 and secondary lower extremity amputations in Western Cape, South Africa

Supervisors: Professor Andrew Farmer

Joseph Lee

Preventing infection-related cardiovascular disease in primary care

Supervisors: Dr James SheppardDr Constantinos KoshiarisProfessor Richard Hobbs

Julian Treadwell

Improving GPs' knowledge of benefits and harms of treatments to support decision making in multimorbidity: qualitative research and co-design of a novel electronic information resource

Supervisors: Professor Trish GreenhalghProfessor Kamal Mahtani; Dr Jo Crocker; Dr Sietse Weiringa

Kate Sheridan

Digital Health/Patient Experience: Utilization of eHealth for fertility monitoring: Investigating the perceived value of patient-generated health data

Supervisors: Professor John PowellProfessor Sue Ziebland

Laiba Husain

Scaling up the use of remote video consultations for COVID-19: addressing barriers of equity and patient acceptance

Supervisors: Professor Trish GreenhalghDr Joseph WhertonDr Chrysanthi PapoutsiDr Teresa Finlay

Lucy Goddard

Hypertension Self-Management in Pregnancy

Supervisors: Professor Richard McManusDr Kath TuckerDr Nerys Astbury

Melissa Little

The use of a digital application to treat overweight and obesity in children: A feasibility study

Supervisors: Professor Susan JebbProfessor Paul AveyardDr Tanisha Spratt

Michelle Yeung

Disrupting dermatology: exploring practitioner and minority ethnic patients' perceptions of barriers and facilitators to reducing racial bias in an AI-driven tool for self-screening of skin cancer in the UK

Supervisors: Dr Abigail McNivenProfessor John PowellProfessor Catherine Pope

Nicholas Jones

Reducing stroke risk for patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation in primary care

Supervisors: Professor Richard HobbsDr Clare TaylorDr Yaling YangDr Margaret Smith

Rosie Cooper

Realist Evaluation of a digital self-care intervention to improve the long-term management and outcomes of people affected by coeliac disease

Supervisors: Professor Geoff Wong

Hassan Sami Adnan

Human-Centred AI Design to Develop Digital Health Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (Multimorbidity)

Supervisors: Professor Rafael PereraDr Clare Bankhead

Ting Cai

Stratifying medicines for prevention of cardiovascular disease in Primary Care

Supervisors: Dr James SheppardProfessor Richard HobbsDr Constantinos KoshiarisDr Jennifer Hirst

Trent Honda

The epidemiology of UTI and antibiotic resistant uropathogens

Supervisors: Dr Gail HaywardProfessor Chris Butler