This course covers key aspects of public health. You study the complex determinants of public health and how these influence the development of policy and practice. You develop skills in accessing, interpreting and critically evaluating data and research evidence, and the ability to plan, design and manage your own research project. Throughout the course you are encouraged to apply acquired knowledge and skills to persistent public health problems.
You study six modules and have the opportunity to undertake your own research project (dissertation). The modules introduce and discuss key concepts which underpin public health, the generation, analysis and use of data and evidence in informing practice, exploring, designing, assessing and leading public health programmes, issues in global health and designing research projects.
This module provides you with an understanding of both quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis employed in public health research. The content covers both theoretical and practical aspects of data analysis, ranging from basic exploratory analysis to more complex multi-variable analysis.
You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.
Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.
You explore the role of epidemiology in the understanding of health and disease, policy development and service provision. The module includes an introduction to the basic principles of epidemiology and the most commonly used research methods. Emphasis is placed on the strengths and weaknesses of various study designs with regard to confounding, bias and validity. You review measures of disease occurrence, and sources of routinely collected data. Key concepts in epidemiological methodology are explored, and you develop skills in the evaluation of epidemiological research.
This module develops your knowledge base with regard to global public health issues. It aims to provide an in-depth examination of the concept of global health in general terms, and compares health and health inequalities between the first and the poor world.
This module is designed to enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the context of public health. It is aimed at students who have a role or partial role in public health, or are wishing to move into the field.
This module aims to enable you to critically understand the complexity and challenges in improving the public’s health and well-being and take a creative, innovative, evidence-based and ethical approach to the facilitation of public health and well-being.
Modules offered may vary.
The course can be accessed electronically by distance learning or by attending face-to-face sessions. Equivalent learning and teaching activities are provided for both sets of students although the mode of delivery may vary. All students are supported through the use of a virtual learning environment (Blackboard).
You participate in lectures, seminars, group activities and computer-based workshops. Distance learning students receive recorded lectures and structured open learning materials and are encouraged to participate in online discussion and activities. Skills development is supported through computer-based simulations. Individual tutorial support is available to all students throughout the course.
A range of assessment methods are used to provide a variety of learning experiences, and to challenge and extend your knowledge. These include written reports and essays, research proposals and a dissertation. You are given written feedback on all assignments to outline your progress and encourage further development.
The course outcomes are mapped to the UK's Public Health Skills and Career Framework (2008). Successful completion of the course provides opportunities for career progression for those already working in public health and opportunities for others to embark on a career in the field. The course has been designed to serve as preparation for those wishing to take the Faculty of Public Health Part A examination.
Applicants should have an honours degree (2.2 classification or above). Details of the minimum IT specification required for distance learning are available on request. International applicants must demonstrate an IELTS score of 6.5.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section
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