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Doctorate in Organisational Health & Well Being

Lancaster University

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Doctorate in Organizational Health and Well Being The doctorate in organizational health and well being provides opportunities for individuals currently working, or aspiring to work, in the area of organizational health and well being to develop their knowledge and understanding of the psychological, social and organizational aspects of the dynamic relationship between work and health. It is aimed at individuals working across public, private and voluntary sectors who are interested in the promotion and creation of healthy work places including Human Resource managers, occupational health practitioners, health care workers, health and safety representatives, appliedorganizational psychologists. This taught part-time doctoral programme offers professionals not wishing to undertake a traditional research doctorate the opportunity to engage with higher level education and to conduct their research within their own organization and address ?real? issues of organizational relevance. The format of the programme (part-time and distance e-learning) has been specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals wishing to enhance their research skills, develop their understanding of policy and practice and make an original contribution to knowledge development within their field, whilst at the same time fulfilling their existing responsibilities in service delivery. The objectives of the course are: ? To develop research and knowledge management skills. ? To develop understanding and synthesis of psychological, social and organizational aspects of the dynamic relationship between work and health ? To develop a critical understanding of theories, models and concepts ? To apply this knowledge and conduct autonomous research in an organizational setting Modules are delivered through distance e-learning supported by annual residential blocks, making the programme suitable for professionals working in the UK and internationally. Year 1 and Year 2 taught modules include: ? Healthy organizations: the influence of the work environment on health. Focusing on the current issues in organizational health and well being including: o psycho-social factors, including stress, burnout and job design o the determinants and design of a health work culture. o strategies for health promotion and stress reduction in the workplace ? Undertaking research including: o theoretical approaches o qualitative and quantitative research methods o critical appraisal o questionnaire design ? Organisational change and development: o organisational development and the management of change in diverse organizational contexts o models of leadership ? Special independent study option: o an opportunity for students to develop skills and confidence in working independently and in critically evaluating a body of knowledge in organizational health and wellbeing. Outputs may include a paper for a peer-reviewed journal. ? Principles of research design and ethical considerations: o the ethical consequences of different research designs and researching in different populations o principles of research ethics o writing a research proposal ethical approval and Governance procedures. From Year 3 onwards students embark on independent study which concludes with the submission of a thesis (35,000 words) which makes an original contribution to knowledge within the student?s area of professional practice and of direct relevance to it. The research component will be supervised from Lancaster University but undertaken in the student?s workplace. Supervisions will take the form of telephone, e-mail or Skype, dependent upon the student?s preference, plus face-to-face meetings during the annual residential block.

Doctorate in Organizational Health and Well Being The doctorate in organizational health and well being provides opportunities for individuals currently working, or aspiring to work, in the area of organizational health and well being to develop their knowledge and understanding of the psychological, social and organizational aspects of the dynamic relationship between work and health. It is...

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