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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.


4,000-word assignment

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