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Developing Complex Interventions CPPD

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Course overview

Module outline and aims

This module has been designed for researchers and healthcare professionals who want to improve health or healthcare by changing the behaviour of the public, patients or professionals. Achieving sustained behaviour change is difficult and often requires interventions that have multiple interacting components. Developing these ‘complex interventions’ is challenging and requires new methodological approaches that have evolved rapidly over recent years.

The phrase ‘complex interventions’ is very broad but specific examples include:

  • a health promotion programme designed to improve physical activity and diet for members of the public at risk of developing chronic conditions
  • a self-management education clinic for patients with diagnosed long-term conditions
  • an intervention designed to bring the clinical practice of healthcare professionals in line with recommended guidelines

The module is suitable for researchers, healthcare professionals, intervention designers, managers and policy makers. A background in psychology, behavioural science or a related discipline would be advantageous but is not essential.

The aims of the module are to:

  • Promote understanding of systematic, theory-driven approaches to the development of complex interventions.
  • Provide opportunities to engage with specific methods and reflect on the challenges involved in their application.
  • Encourage critical reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of the dominant approaches and examine alternative perspectives.

Module dates

Term 2

JAN: Thursday 23 ad 30 January 2020
FEB: Thursday 6, 13 and 20 February 2020
MAR: Thursday 5, 12, 19 and 26 March 2020
APR: Thursday 2 April 2020

Module Submission Date: TBC



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module

A first degree in a medical/health or social sciences discipline is required (minimum 2:1 honours degree, 3.0 GPA or an equivalent international degree).

Applicants with equivalent qualifications or substantial experience in health services will also be considered on an individual basis.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English., the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Module leaders

  • Dr Martin Cartwright

    Martin is a Chartered Psychologist and joined City University in November 2010 as the Project Coordinator for two large cluster RCTs of telehealth and telecare. Martin previously worked at University College London (UCL).

    Martin studied Psychology (BSc) and Health Psychology (MSc) at Staffordshire University before taking a post at ...