N8 CIR Materials Integrated into Post-Graduate Course at the University of Manchester

The N8 CIR were recently approached to share one of their presentations for integration into a taught course at the University of Manchester.

The University of Manchester’s fully online post-graduate certificate in Health Data Science is designed to equip students with an essential range of skills to work with, and manage, health data. The course reinforces fundamental mathematical, statistical and epidemiology skills., and enables students to design and analyse simple studies that answer business or research questions.

Each of the course’s modules are delivered by a mixture of lectures, exercises, discussion and quizzes. After attending one of N8 CIR’s UK Biobank seminars, Health Data Sciences Lecturer Dr Juhi Gupta thought that the presentation by Dr Richard Williams would be a great addition to these materials.

Williams’ presentation, titled ‘Code Set Selection Methods for Primary Care Data’, explains different methods for identifying the codes used across the NHS to describe patients’ symptoms, conditions and treatment. As a research software engineer Richard has produced a package that makes identification of the appropriate codes for research projects much easier.

Juhi is always on the lookout for useful resources to include, and said, ‘Richard’s work perfectly highlights the challenges of working with health data: even experienced researchers can find clinical coding taxing. Integrating this presentation into our course will make it easier for our students to think about aspects of health data and how it can influence the design of research projects.’

Dr Matt Sperrin, Programme Director of the course, went on to say, ‘we are delighted to have the opportunity to highlight the resources that have been made available by N8CIR. The breadth and depth of content, especially in coding and, more recently, ethics in computational research, are a vital resource for students and researchers alike.’

Richard’s video will fit into the Systems and Technologies in Health Data Science unit of the course.

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