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Postgraduate Course: Governance and financial management for public health projects (PUHR11087)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThrough this online distance learning course students will gain an understanding of the principles of financial management and governance in the context of public health projects. Students will also develop core practical skills around financial management and reporting in this context.
Course description This is a 10 credit, 5 week course delivered entirely online. It is designed to equip students both with a theoretical understanding of governance and financial management principles and with opportunities to apply these in the context of simulated public health projects.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%
Feedback Students will receive summative feedback on their course assignment. They will receive formative feedback throughout the course, via the discussion boards and the blog/journal tools.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical knowledge of the principles of public health project management, focusing on critical evaluation of governance structures and the budgetary process.
  2. Apply these principles by constructing and critically reviewing budgets and variance reports, identifying areas where action is required to maintain budgetary integrity.
  3. Make informed judgements on adjustments to budgetary controls in the absence of complete or consistent data/information.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Professional and transferable skills

Demonstrate a critical awareness of the current policy and practice issues, and the systems and structures that determine how projects are constructed.
Demonstrate an awareness of the key research approaches and challenges for project management
Explain the organisational factors influencing technology use and adoption
Be cognizant of the principles of effective Human Resource Management
Design and develop business plans and strategy plans
Understand the processes required for working with and across organisational and professional boundaries to develop multidisciplinary teams and apply the principles learned to professional action
Apply problem-solving skills to a variety of professional and practice situations and management of own learning and development
Keywordsproject management,global health,public health,business planning,budgeting
Course organiserMr Jay Evans
Course secretaryMiss Lucy Courage
Tel: (0131 6)51 7111
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