Online course in Health & Psychology

Healthcare Research: For Healthcare Professionals

Discover how to conduct and evaluate healthcare research, and use your findings to inform best practice and guidelines.

Healthcare Research: For Healthcare Professionals

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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This course is part of the program Research Methodology, Design and Methods, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing. Find out more.

Discover the role that healthcare research plays in developing best practice

Research is a vital part of healthcare. It underpins best practice, provides evidence for national and international guidelines, and ultimately improves outcomes for patients. This online course provides an introduction to healthcare research.

You will explore how new research pushes forward practice, considering some of the underlying assumptions that inform how research is constructed. You will look at different design approaches and methodologies used in healthcare research projects, evaluating what makes healthcare research good and helpful, and how it can be usefully applied to practice.

What topics will you cover?

  • How research relates to practice
  • How our assumptions shape research
  • Developing researchable questions
  • The research process
  • Research governance
  • Principles of ethics

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 16 Sep 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the link between research and best practice in healthcare
  • Investigate how practice can be enhanced by developing new research
  • Identify how underlying assumptions and philosophies inform the way we do research
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of ethical research

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for healthcare workers working at all levels and across all disciplines. It will give you the opportunity to develop or advance your skills in healthcare research, and get a taste of what studying an online MSc in Nursing would be like.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Laurence Baldwin

Laurence Baldwin

Assistant Professor / Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at Coventry University, leading the MSc Nursing Online Research Methods Module, and on-campus Research Methods, and CYP MH modules.

Annie Pettifer

Annie Pettifer

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Coventry University. Educator for Online MSc in Nursing, Research Methods module. On campus, module leader for modules in End of Life Care and Research Methods

Ingrid Pritchard

Ingrid Pritchard

I am a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and teach pre and post-registration nurses. I qualified as an adult registered nurse in 2000. My main background is acute surgery and critical care nursing.

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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Advance your career with a degree

What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Research Methodology, Design and Methods, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing.