EBHC Bulletin

Keeping you up to date with EBHC

In this edition of the EBHC Bulletin: we invite you to join us here in Oxford for our very first Evidence-Based Health Care Summer School, from 4-20 July 2022! We also hear from some of our EBHC postgraduate students and tutors and announce this year’s winners of our 2022 EBHC Dissertation Prize.

We’d also like to remind you that applications for 2022 entry for all our Evidence-Based Health Care programmes are still open. We look forward to receiving your applications!

Best wishes from Oxford,
Annette Plüddemann – Course Director for the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care

Latest news

MSc EBHC students awarded 2022 EBHC Dissertation Prize for outstanding Dissertations

Congratulations to three of our MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care students, Stella Vieth, Andrew Dagens, and Sean Godfrey, for having been awarded this year's EBHC Dissertation Prize for outstanding dissertations.

EBHC DPhil alumna, Dr Samantha Roberts, announced as new Chief Executive at NICE

We are delighted to announce that with over 20 years experience in healthcare, having worked in service delivery, consultancy and as a clinician, Dr Roberts has been appointed the new Chief Executive of NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) as of 1 February 2022.

Preventing deaths from cardiovascular disease and anticoagulants

Medical student Ali Anis examined deaths involving cardiovascular disease and anticoagulants for his Final Honours Scheme (FHS) research, which is now published in BJGP Open.

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 associated with aircraft travel: a systematic review

Alumna Cecilia Rosca, from Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara, Romania, shares research findings that suggest air travel may be associated with the transmission of viruses.

PCR cycle threshold may be key to predicting infectiousness of people with asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic COVID-19

Oxford research, funded by the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research, reveals findings from the most complete analysis of high-quality COVID transmission studies in asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic people to date.

What is it like to be a Researcher in Residence during a pandemic?

Debra Westlake, Health Services Researcher at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, explores her previous role investigating social prescribing at the University of Plymouth, Community and Primary Care Research Group, where she was working as a Researcher in Residence for a health system in the southwest of England.

Why is 2 o’clock on Wednesday a bad time to teach EBM to most AHP students?

Student Christopher Banks-Pillar shares his experience having progressed from training as a physiotherapist to currently completing his final year of the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care here at Oxford.

A best-fit approach to synthesising qualitative research: combining papers on volunteering

Senior Researcher and Departmental Lecturer Dr Stephanie Tierney explains how a best-fit framework synthesis was undertaken to review papers on volunteering, as a way to support people's health and well-being.

Reflexivity and Storytelling: What could healthcare professionals learn from qualitative researchers?

MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care alumna Kirsten Prest reflects on the qualitative research she conducted as part of her dissertation, with a particular emphasis on reflexivity and storytelling.

Clinical Prediction Rules: improving clinical decision-making and patient care

Dr Tom Fanshawe, course lead on our new Clinical Prediction Rules short course, details how clinical prediction rules can be applied to improve health care and what can be expected from this intensive short course.

EBHC Summer School

Mon 4 - Wed 20 July 2022
Kellogg College, University of Oxford

We are delighted to invite you to our first ever EBHC Summer School! We welcome EBHC students, supervisors, consumers and leading evidence-based experts to join together here in Oxford; fostering debate and engagement with like-minded colleagues, whilst offering additional learning relevant to evidence-based health care post-pandemic.

This unique experience offers EBHC modules, non-accredited short courses, a selection of workshops, EBM Live 2022, as well as various social events, including lunches and dinners. Each summer school event must be registered for individually, enabling attendees to pick and choose which events they wish to attend.

Follow this link for more information.

Student spotlight


Michael Haney

Michael Haney, a clinician in perioperative medicine and intensive care medicine, enrolled on the MSc in EBHC Medical Statistics to fill the gaps in his knowledge when it came to peer and grant reviewing within his role at work. 

‘The modules and thesis work were very learning-rich and enjoyable, which was the main goal for me.'

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Upcoming courses

New graduate programme for 2022

MSc in EBHC Teaching and Education

Taught by experts in medical education and research, this course integrates evidence, critical reflection and key curriculum principles to train and develop health professionals to become research-informed educators of Evidence-Based Health Care.

Find out more

New short course for 2022

Clinical Prediction Rules

Mon 16 May - Fri 20 May 2022

Understand the principles involved in designing, creating and testing clinical prediction rules.

(This is available as a stand-alone course or as part of the MSc in Medical Statistics)

Find out more

Don't forget! We are still accepting applications for our graduate courses starting this autumn:

Any of our programme modules can be taken as stand-alone short courses, as not for credit professional training, academic credit or to simply get a taster of the award programmes we offer.

View all short courses

New course videos

Introducing the MSc in EBHC Teaching and Education and our PGCert in Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care

Course Director Dr David Nunan, and Module Coordinator Dr Adrian Stokes, explain what to expect during these courses. Watch video

Introducing our PGCert in Qualitative Health Research Methods

Course Director Anne-Marie Boylan, and Departmental Lecturer Stephanie Tierney introduce the part-time PGCert in Qualitative Health Research Methods. Watch video

MSc alumnus discusses his experience of the Qualitative Research Methods module

Mike Tringale discusses why qualitative research is so important in evidence-based medicine and reflects on how it has provided transferable skills for real-world decision-making. Watch video

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