Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen has introduced a Masters programme in Health Improvement that can be individually designed and completed through the internet.
The new course gives Health Professionals a range of options. ‘Physiotherapists can pick and mix modules to reflect skills for their specific practice,’ said Jennifer Duthie, Subject Lead for Physiotherapy at the School of Health Sciences. The new qualification can be taken as a stand-alone postgraduate course, or students can opt to make up credits using a range of modules available from the existing MSc in professional studies programme or take individual modules for the purposes of continuing professional development. This allows students to mix profession-specific subjects with multi professional modules, such as non-medical prescribing. There are also two new physio-specific modules: advanced musculoskeletal management and advanced neuro- rehabiliation, with another in clinical gait analysis coming on stream later in the year. The university’s distance learning courses were originally developed for health professionals working in remote parts of Scotland, but Ms Duthie said they had appealed for physiotherapy students all over the UK. She added that being able to take the programme entirely online was a new proposition. ‘We have done a lot of work to ensure that people don’t miss out on interaction; for example, introducing online activities and lectures and facilities for chats and giving feedback,’ she said. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Robert Gordon University School of Health Sciences 01224 263 250 www.rgu.ac.uk
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