Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care

Course details

The certificate aims to foster and develop future leaders in teaching evidence-based health care by exploring different teaching styles, identifying development needs and planning effective curriculum.

This will include providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical perspectives of effective teaching in medical education, specific methods and techniques in relation to teaching evidence-based health care to different audiences, and key issues for effective curriculum design and evaluation. Participants have access to current leaders in research-led teaching and experts in medical education.

This is a joint programme between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education. The programme works in collaboration with the renowned Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford.

Course Director: David Nunan, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Watch the video below for more information about this course, along with the MSc EBHC Teaching and Education:



Student spotlights

Find out about Enderson Miranda's experience on the Teaching Evidence-Based Practice module, one of the three compulsory modules on this programme. Our Student Spotlights feature students' experiences both on and after their courses, and highlight the day-to-day life of study on the Evidence-Based Healthcare programmes.

Coronavirus update

The admissions cycle for this programme is progressing as planned, and the University is committed to ensuring that offer holders can take up their place as expected. Information will be made available as the situation develops. Find out more here.

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Programme details

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Evidence-Based Practice is a part-time course. There are three compulsory modules which can be taken over 1–2 years.


  • Teaching Evidence-Based Practice: Designed for all health care professionals who have knowledge of critical appraisal and experience in practising evidence-based health care, and who want to explore issues around teaching.
  • Developing Practice in Medical Education: Aims to support students in developing their practice through critical reflection on the ways in which evidence, theory, values and contexts interact.
  • Course Design, Assessment and Evaluation: Provides an overview of the principles of curriculum development in medical education and the critical issues in course design and assessment, with a focus on implementation at the course/module level, the coherent planning of learning activities, and evaluation of teaching and learning.

Each module is run over an eight week cycle where the first week is spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment, the second week is spent in Oxford for the face to face teaching week (this takes place on the dates advertised), there are then four Post-Oxford activities (delivered through the VLE) which are designed to help you write your assignment. You then have a week of personal study and you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).

Assessment methods

Assessment for each module will be based on a written assignment, which shall not be of more than 4,000 words.

Course aims

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • articulate the critical components of the practice of EBHC which is informed by your academic discipline and/or area of professional practice
  • design and evaluate teaching of the core competencies of EBM and to self-reflect efficiently on your teaching experience
  • evaluate crucial pedagogy principles and research underpinning the evidence-base for differing teaching, assessment and evaluation methods
  • apply originality in the application of teaching styles and techniques, together with a practical understanding of methodologies to enhance teaching skills tailored to your own teaching contexts
  • develop skills in practical curriculum design, delivery, assessment and evaluation in teaching and learning
  • deal with and adapt to challenging circumstances you may encounter in teaching evidence-based medicine, ensuring the needs of learners are met in unison with the aims and objectives of their teaching and learning
  • articulate how (and why) your own teaching practice and understanding of learning and teaching has evolved over time and ideas for future development.

Fees and funding

Fee rates for the academic year 2022-23*

*Rates for 2023/24 to be confirmed

These rates (in pounds sterling) are for students joining in the 2022-23 academic year and will increase annually.

The annual award fee is due for every academic year (or part-year) attended; module fees are due in advance as invoiced. Fees must be paid in accordance with the Terms and Conditions for the programme.

Illustration for full programme (completing in one year):

  • Annual award fee: £7,125*
  • Module fees: £2,165 (per taught module)*

Total fee = £13,620*


  1. The fee rates listed are for the academic year shown, and you should be aware that these rates will increase annually.
  2. The Illustration is based on the fee rates for the academic year shown; however, fee rates for attendance in future years will increase, so students attending for more than one year should expect the total to be higher than is shown in the Illustration. The exact amount will depend on the fee rates set annually, and upon the years you are in attendance; these are normally published well before the start of each academic year, but for your own budgetary purposes you may wish to estimate a 4% annual increase on fee rates.


Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our Fees and Funding page.

Application details

Level and demands 

For the full Selection Criteria please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Funding website.

How to apply

Applications for this course should be made via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. This website includes further information about this course and a guide to applying.

Early application for the programme is advised. Applications which have not been fully completed before the application deadline cannot be considered, so please ensure any applications are received by us in good time so that we may advise of missing or incorrectly completed elements. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to telephone interview, and asked to provide evidence of their funding for the programme.

Applications open in September for entry in the following academic year. To see if this course is still open for applications for admission please visit the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. Courses with a green admission status are open for applications, amber means the course will be closing at 12 noon on the following Friday and red means it has closed to new applications.

For further information on applying, please refer to the Application Guide. Please read our Terms and Conditions before submitting your application. If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying please contact:

Tel: +44 (0)1865 270453 - Email:



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