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‘Learn from experts, utilise research in practice, develop evidence-based thinking’

The MSc in EBHC positions students to integrate the best available research evidence with their own expertise and patient values to make better informed decisions in health care.

Our range of courses encourages students to think critically about evidence. Teachers are internationally recognised leaders and active researchers in the field of evidence-based health care. The flexible modular structure has been devised for busy professionals and also to fit with the structure of training.

This is a joint Programme between the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, and the Department for Continuing Education’s Continuing Professional Development Centre.

 To successfully  complete the MSc students are required to complete two compulsory introductory modules; “The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care” and “Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods”.

Normally, these modules are studied first, and then students choose 4 additional modules to match their learning needs from over 10 alternatives. Each module requires you to be in Oxford for a five day face to face teaching week with the rest of the module delivered through a Virtual Learning Environment (WebLearn).  This is in exception to two online modules which do not require you to come to Oxford at all.  You are also not required to be in Oxford to complete your dissertation.

Dissertations are often completed remotely, with academic supervision over a period of 12 months. Usually, dissertation topics are based on clinical questions faced by students and in many cases, they go onto to be published papers.

Students also become members of an Oxford College, usually Kellogg College, due it its strong links with evidence-based healthcare. As part of the college system students are also allocated a college advisor.

On average, students are enrolled for three years, completing six taught modules and a dissertation. Up to date fees (including annual award fees) are available here 

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EBHC modules can also be taken as short courses in two different modes; by completing an assignment and gaining academic credit, or as an attendance only week long course.

Details available from  telephone +44 (0)1865 286941 and the Department for Continuing Education.

Option Modules (can also be taken as stand alone courses)


16-17 now open for applications

Student experiences of  Oxford and the MSc in EBHC:

The impact of an MSc. A view from Dr Felipe Martinez, Valparaiso, Chile.

A lot of things have changed for me since I finished the programme. I was awarded an academic position as a lecturer in the Department of Public Health at the University of Valparaiso… Read More

What inspires people to enroll on the EBHC programme? A view from Alex Stevenson

In 2010 I had recently qualified as a general practitioner and also had an appointment at the Australian National University medical school. I had some qualitative research experience but was looking to extend my skills and pursue a masters degree. The well-trodden path would have been to enroll in a Masters of Public Health here in Australia, but in choosing to extend my search more broadly, I came across the MSc in EBHC at the Univeristy of Oxford… Read More