The Postgraduate Diploma in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine provides a unique integrated approach to preventative cardiovascular medicine and focuses on applying scientific principles to direct patient care. Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Run with with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, the course creates professionals who can independently assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine.
It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in this medical area. You will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and competence; deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients at increased cardiovascular risk; develop and deliver interventions for the wider population and safely use preventative cardiovascular approaches in specific cases. On successful completion, you could go on to study the MSc Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine.
What you will study
The Postgraduate Diploma in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine consists of six modules per year, each of six weeks' duration:
Principles of Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine (20 credits) - This module focuses on the science underpinning preventative cardiovascular medicine and the assessment of cardiovascular risk as applied to clinical practice.
Cardiovascular Risk Management (20 credits) - This modules aims to develop a critical understanding of nutrition and lifestyle factors in the development of cardiovascular disease.
Lipid Metabolism in Clinical Practice (20 credits) - This module develops a comprehensive understanding of lipid metabolism and disorders, and their presentation and assessment in clinical practice.
Management of Lipid Disorders (20 credits) - This module ensures that students develop a comprehensive understanding of lipid metabolism and disorders, and their presentation and assessment in clinical practice.
Hypertension: Diagnosis and Management (20 credits) - This module enables students to develop a critical understanding of the pathophysiology and management of hypertension.
Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine in Special Situations (20 credits) - This module involves gaining a critical understanding of preventative cardiovascular medicine in a wide range of relevant clinical conditions.
Each of the six modules is taught online and includes self-directed learning, tutor stimulated discussion on case scenarios, examinations, group projects and independent projects. Reflective practice is also studied which involves considering how you can apply the knowledge gained into everyday work and practice.
Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.
As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University's portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box, the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.
You will be taught by healthcare professionals who are recognised experts in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine and are experienced in delivering online learning:
Dr. Alan Rees - Consultant Physician, RCP vice president for Wales, Medical Director HEART UK
Dr. Dev Datta - Consultant in Medical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine
Dr Ian McDowell - Senior Lecturer and Consultant, Chair of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Wales Cascade Service, Chair of FH Wales Professional Advisory Group
Dr Devaki Nair- Consultant Lipidologist and Chemical Pathologist and Course Director
Dr Steve Davies - Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc
Having completed a MD in vascular biology, Dr Dev Datta now runs a cardiovascular risk factor and lipid clinic and the lipoprotein apheresis service in Wales. He is also a medical lead for the Welsh Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Service.
The course promotes and enhances professional skills and knowledge among its students that have direct relevance and application to the demands of their working roles. There is increasing competition for employment in the healthcare arena, with increasing specialisation. It is envisaged that students will be GPs, medical trainees in Diabetes, Vascular surgery, Cardiology, Medical Biochemistry in addition to Allied Health Professionals, and Practice Nurses running CV clinics.
Our Careers and Employability Service
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.
Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.
Fees and funding
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
August 2016 - July 2017 Fees
- Part-time UK and EU: £630 per 20 credits.
August 2017 - July 2018 Fees
- Part-time UK and EU: TBC
August 2018 - July 2019 Fees
- Part-time UK and EU: TBC
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University's library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student's own expense.