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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:

Induction module

Before completing the course, you will undertake our Induction and Professional Development module, introducing you to all the underpinning regulations, guidance and support available to you during your postgraduate study.

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

Next course:

Mon 12 Nov '18
12/11 - 16/11: Disease Prevention and Health Protection

How to apply

Funding Opportunities