Postgraduate taught 

Primary Health Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Cardiovascular Disease Management in Primary Care MED5438

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Cardiovascular disease is a growing global challenge in the context of ageing populations; primary and secondary care professionals and policymakers have much to contribute to improving outcomes through health promotion strategies, primary and secondary prevention, and improved access to an ever increasing range of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Understanding the scale of the problem, the risks and opportunities for systems of care will enhance our capacity to meet this challenge.


This online course will be developed as 10 separate sessions to run over 11 weeks. Each session will comprise online lectures prepared in advance by staff or external speakers (approximately 1 hour in total), with additional tasks such as questions, quizzes and discussion forums. There will also be a number of synchronous question and answer sessions hosted by the course coordinator.

Excluded Courses






Written assignment of 2500 words (60%) and problem-solving exercises during the course (40%).

Course Aims

This course aims to provide an in-depth grounding in the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, risk assessment and management; to provide an overview of current management of common cardiovascular conditions in primary care; and to highlight key challenges for patient management and emerging research issues/findings.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Synthesise and critically discuss the population context of cardiovascular disease and key issues in primary and secondary prevention.

2. Comprehensively evaluate current approaches to management of a range of cardiovascular conditions and critically assess recent developments in cardiovascular management from a primary care perspective. 

3. Consider and critically evaluate key challenges in cardiovascular disease management in primary care, and assess potential solutions.

4. Critically discuss and interpret the importance of patient-centred care.

5. Systematically and critically analyse key components of effective cardiovascular disease management programmes and evaluate the challenges, including those of deprivation, in different types of populations.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.