Short courses
Health & Social Care

Strategies to Improve Public Health and Wellbeing

University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education:

This award is for you if you have a role, partial role or interest in public health. The award enables you to critically understand the complexity and challenges to improving the public’s health and wellbeing and take a creative, innovative, evidence-based and ethical approach to the facilitation of the public’s health and wellbeing.

Course information

Part-time

  • 12 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 30, Level: Masters
  • Enrolment date: January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

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The award also extends your ability to integrate and synthesise critically evaluated research information with current practice to develop strategies to improve public health and wellbeing.

You study different strategies for promoting public health and wellbeing, including promoting behaviour change, community engagement, health protection, creating supportive environments and the settings context. You also study evidence based public health practice.

How you learn

This award can be undertaken by l attendance or distance-learning. Both face-to-face learning and online-delivery are used to allow flexibility and provide you with the opportunity to learn entirely in attendance, at a distance or through a combination of the two.

The learning and teaching strategy focuses on developing your knowledge and understanding of complementary and competing strategies, to improve public health and the development of evidence-based health improvement strategies.

Attendance learning
Keynote lectures introduce theoretical concepts and a number of practical individual and group-based exercises assist with skills development. The delivery of sessions is supported by the use of the VLE to post lecture notes, additional and recommended readings and exercises for you to undertake. You can also communicate with each other through the discussion board.

Distance learning
You follow the same timetable as those attending classes to make it possible for a flexible-learning approach to work successfully. Structured, resource-based, open-learning materials are made available on a week-by-week basis. These consist of a recorded lecture and the activities and exercises used in class. Some of the activities are designed for you to work on independently; others require online discussion with peers. You are expected to actively participate in this process.

Engagement with the discussion boards is monitored and facilitated by the tutor and you may also be asked to email your work on activities to the tutor. Your delivery pattern comprises of open distance learning, including tutorial support which is facilitated by telephone and email. This tutorial support includes support with learning and teaching activities and queries about the module as well as support with assessment preparation.

Flexible-learning
The flexible learning strategy is designed to enable you to select which aspects of the award content by attendance and which by distance learning on a week-by-week basis. The flexible learning strategy therefore include features from both the attendance and distance learning strategies and the exact nature of the support provided depends on the individual choices you make. Attendance in class and access to the materials on the VLE is recorded as a way of monitoring your engagement with the award

How you are assessed

Formative assessment
If you are undertaking the UCPCE award you have the option of completing a 1,000 word formative assessment and receiving written feedback. The aim of this formative assessment is to promote the transition to mastery. You are required to submit a 1,000 word essay which demonstrates a comprehensive and critical understanding of a health improvement issue, which is different to the issue chosen for the summative assessment and is negotiated with the award team.

Summative assessment
This is a 4,000 word report based on reviewing the evidence for a specific public health topic and formulating a health improvement strategy.

Career opportunities

This award contributes towards the achievement of knowledge within the Public Health Skills and Career Framework (PHRU&SfH, 2008) for the following core areas: assessing the evidence of effectiveness of interventions, programmes and services to improve population health and wellbeing, policy and strategy development and implementation for population health and wellbeing, leadership and collaborative working for population health and wellbeing and for the defined area Health Improvement, Level 6.
This award contributes towards the achievement of knowledge within the NHS Knowledge & Skills Framework Department of Health (DH, 2004) for the following core areas: Communication and Service Improvement and Health and Wellbeing 1.
This award contributes towards the achievement of the National Occupational Standards PHP13, PHP14 & SfJAA1.

Entry requirements

BSc (Hons) 2:2 classification or above.

Course information

Part-time

  • 12 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 30, Level: Masters
  • Enrolment date: January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

Contact details

Further information