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Illness: Susceptibility and Inequality

In the medical sciences, students will cover the anatomy and physiology of reproductive and endocrine systems. Students will start to investigate some of the challenges associated with reproductive ageing and fertility in an ageing population. The field of oncology will be introduced including topics such as the molecular basis of cancer, tumour physiology, tumour immunology, diagnosis, treatment and management.

In the health sciences, systems of governance, decision making in health and basic health economics will be re-visited, framed around the availability of life extending drugs. There will be exploration of ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in health, the differences between research and therapy and the value in preventative medicine interventions.

The cases in this module will explore contemporary examples of health and susceptibility to disease across the human life, health and socioeconomic span and the problems therein. You will consider responsible use of new and existing technologies and their potential role in managing problems in health and care in these areas.

After completing this module you will be able to:

  1. Illustrate familiarity with the key concepts, principles and theories, which will support a multidisciplinary approach to understanding, prevention and management of non-communicable diseases and promotion of healthy ageing
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan and for different populations
  3. Interrelate basic aspects of human anatomy and physiology of the reproductive and endocrine systems in health and disease
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with the field of oncology and to understand multidisciplinary care of cancer management
  5. Use applied examples and a relevant model to explain a challenging and interlinked concept in health
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of socio–economic relationships with chronic non-communicable diseases and long term conditions
  7. Develop and use reasoning skills to engage with others to individually or collectively put forward ideas that can have a positive influence on local and global challenges in health

Hear from module co-leader, Dr Erin Greaves about the module:



6 weeks

Teaching methods

You will learn through a mix of lectures, group discussions, interactive presentations, case based learning and technology enhanced learning.


1 x Multiple choice question examination
1 x 1,500 word written report
1 x Synoptic exam