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Course Overview

Public health is the art and science of improving health through the organised efforts of society. This course provides an introduction to a population-based perspective on health, illness and disease. The course illustrates the practical application of numerical ways of thinking about the health of a population. The course covers the three major public health domains of healthcare evaluation, health protection and health promotion.

This course aims to support students in developing a critical understanding of the breadth of public health approaches to protecting, promoting, monitoring and improving health among a population as a whole.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mike Crilly

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course covers the core concepts of public health (such as population at risk, prevention, burden of disease, effective intervention, monitoring population health and health inequalities) across the three major public health domains of health protection, health promotion and healthcare evaluation. The course is predominantly based around a numerical ‘health needs assessment’ approach (burden of ill-health and effective intervention) with the provision of support/services in the context of political-economic-social circumstances to improving the health of a population. The course provides an opportunity for postgraduate students to select a ‘health needs assessment topic’ on which to undertake a brief/rapid health needs assessment.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 2000 word essay (70%), written examination (20%), powerpoint presentation (10%)

Resit: Oral viva examination.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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