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Disease Prevention and Health Protection

An interdisciplinary course, drawing upon expertise across a wide range of subject areas and seeking to explore the complexity of Public Health issues in the UK and internationally.

Module Syllabus:

Disease Prevention

  • 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.
  • Epidemiology and management of common and important infectious diseases.
  • Organisation of infection control; elementary molecular biology as related to microbiology.
  • Understanding of non-communicable, environmental and chemical hazards.
  • International aspects of communicable disease control.
  • Principles of emergency planning.

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.

Other options:

Key Facts


Dolores Towers / Anna Scott

Tel: 02476 522035

Dr Oyinlola Oyebode and Dr Mamoona Tahir

Duration: 5 days

4,000 word assignment

CATS: 20

Code: MH902

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