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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.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
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.
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There are no assessments for this course.
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|Feedback||If you fail the course (overall course grade of E1 or less) you will be given an opportunity of a resit examination. This is an oral (‘viva’) examination that will assess your understanding in relation to the learning outcomes for the whole course. The oral examination lasts approximately 30 minutes. The oral examination is not simply a further re-examination of previously submitted assessments.|
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|Conceptual||Understand||Describe the relevance and contributions of health protection, health promotion and healthcare provision towards improving population health as a whole.|
|Reflection||Create||Communicate public health related information to support a critically argued approach to improving the health of a population.|
|Procedural||Create||Demonstrate the ability to undertake a rapid assessment of health needs in relation to a relevant public health issue and make recommendations to improve health based on the best evidence available.|
|Procedural||Apply||Locate, utilise, interpret and present data obtained from the major sources of information commonly available to assess population health.|
|Procedural||Evaluate||Integrate numerical data within the context of ‘health needs assessment’ as a rational approach to improving the health of a population.|