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MH933 - Health Screening

  • Module code: MH933
  • Module name: Health Screening
  • Department: WMS, Postgraduate Taught & CPD
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module looks at how to determine when screening is an appropriate intervention, through the analysis of ethical, performance and economic issues, and how screening programmes can be effectively monitored and improved. You will gain an understanding of screening from a broad public health (population) perspective.

Principal learning outcomes

Students will: Understand and apply criteria used to evaluate whether a screening programme should be introduced, and the rationale behind such criteria; Calculate performance metrics including sensitivity and specificity from basic data about a screening programme, and use the data to assess if screening tests meet the criteria for implementation; Identify the key ethical issues associated with screening; Assess the issues associated with cost effectiveness of screening programmes; Understand and assess quality assurance, spanning structure, process, and outcome for each stage of a screening programme; Improve your understanding of major national public health programmes; Demonstrate stronger group working, presentation and writing skills.

Timetabled teaching activities

5 Days

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: MH933-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Public Health (B902) - Year 2
  • Public Health (B902) - Year 3
  • Public Health (B902) - Year 4
  • Public Health (B902) - Year 5
  • Public Health (B902) - Year 6