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National screening body teams up with Warwick Medical School for new course

The UK National Screening Committee has joined forces with Warwick Medical School to set up a unique new module exploring the ethics and cost-effectiveness of health screening programmes.

The Health Screening Module is the only course of its kind in the UK. It is a five-day course designed for clinicians and health professionals that can be taken as a module.  

The course will help students to understand and apply criteria used to evaluate whether a screening programme should be introduced, and the rationale behind such criteria.

Module leader Dr Sian Taylor-Phillips, Research Fellow at Warwick Medical School, said: “In a cost and health-conscious world, health screening comes under constant scrutiny. How do we decide which screening programmes to introduce and which population groups to screen? What are the ethics behind screening?

“This module looks at how to decide when screening is an appropriate intervention, through the analysis of ethical, performance and economic issues, and how screening programmes can be effectively monitored and improved.”

The first course is enrolling now for 6-10 December 2010. The module is available as a non-accredited CPD course, PG Award in Health Screening or as part of the MSc in Public Health programme at Warwick Medical School.

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