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Aims and Learning Outcomes

This is an interdisciplinary degree, drawing upon expertise across a wide range of subject areas and seeks to explore the complexity of Public Health issues in the UK and internationally.

Learn to:
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of methods in the practice of public health including health protection, health promotion and disease prevention
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the national and international context and current issues of public health and health care policy
  • Implement methods of assessing public health interventions
  • Prepare appropriate public health protocols and policy documents

Module Syllabus

  • Screening
    • Targeted and population approaches to disease prevention/screening
    • Prevention paradox
  • Primary, secondary, tertiary prevention
    • Principles, methods and applications of Screening; sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values
    • Ethical and economic aspects of screening
    • Planning, operation and evaluation of screening programmes
    • Evidence for widely implemented screening programmes
  • Health Protection
    • Surveillance and methods of control
    • Design and management of immunisation programmes
    • Investigation of outbreaks
    • Common and important infectious diseases
    • Organisation of infection control; elementary molecular biology as related to microbiology
    • International aspects of communicable disease control
  • Health Promotion
    • Different approaches to health promotion including social marketing and community development
    • Health behaviour models
    • Effect of interventions in influencing health related behaviour
    • The role of legislative, fiscal and other social policy
    • Evaluation of health promotion