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PU5041: PUBLIC HEALTH IN ACTION (2020-2021)

Last modified: 27 Aug 2020 12:10


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 Offshore Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Leone Craig

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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.

 

 


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
Assessment Weeks 18 Feedback Weeks 20

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Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
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Poster Presentation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 17 Feedback Weeks 19

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Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 15 Feedback Weeks 17

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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Oral Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 23 Feedback Weeks 24

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Feedback Within 5 days of the oral examination
Learning Outcomes
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Oral Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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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.
Learning Outcomes
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDescribe the relevance and contributions of health protection, health promotion and healthcare provision towards improving population health as a whole.
ReflectionCreateCommunicate public health related information to support a critically argued approach to improving the health of a population.
ProceduralCreateDemonstrate 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.
ProceduralApplyLocate, utilise, interpret and present data obtained from the major sources of information commonly available to assess population health.
ProceduralEvaluateIntegrate numerical data within the context of ‘health needs assessment’ as a rational approach to improving the health of a population.

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