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Personal Professional Development (Public Health and Primary Care) / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Intercultural Public Health

Unit code POPH64772
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit is one of the blended options we provide. Students choosing ‘Intercultural Public Health’ will need to be available for the face to face teaching block from: Mon 7 March at 9.30am to Weds 9 March at 3.30pm (dates to be confirmed) at The University of Manchester. The 3 days will involve live webinars, presentations and group work. Students will also work on a group presentation as their mid-term assignment. In the event of a change in government policy preventing face to face teaching, the 3 day block would be moved to online. We will keep you informed of any changes via My Manchester and regular Programme communications.


This aim of this blended course unit is to support public health, primary care and other professionals working, or interested in working in UK based or international, culturally diverse or super-diverse settings. This course unit will provide an introduction to the role of culture and its impact on health.  Cultural theory, models and frameworks will support the practical application of an intercultural approach within public health settings.  The aim is to develop skills in cultural self-awareness, cultural sensibility and intercultural communication, to help students reflect on their own culture and that of others, in order to work more effectively with diverse communities and professionals from other disciplines.  The course unit will promote how to design, deliver, evaluate and commission interculturally appropriate interventions, programmes and policies in real-world settings, both locally and globally to improve health and well-being outcomes for all.

Learning outcomes

Category of outcome Student will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding

A1 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of culture and its impact on health and well-being outcomes in local and global contexts.

A2 Demonstrate an understanding of the history and global impact of migration and apply concepts such as super-diversity, intersectionality, cultural sensibility, structural and cultural racism into practice using international examples.

Intellectual skills

B1 Critically analyse the role of culture and its underpinning theories, models and frameworks

B2 Apply cultural theories, models and frameworks into real-world practice

B3 Critically analyse and evaluate the potential intercultural competence of interventions, programmes and policies and the impact on health and social care

B4 Synthesise and apply the evidence base behind interculturally competent communities and patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) in real-world settings.

B5 Critically analyse the concepts of the art of public health and medicine as culture, and the impact on population health and well-being both locally and globally.

B6 Demonstrate an understanding of how to evaluate and apply intercultural research findings within health and social care settings, both locally and global using international examples.

Practical skills

C1 Team work 

C2 Presentation skills (mid-term group presentation)

Transferable skills and personal qualities

D1 Interdisciplinary collaboration with peers (mid-term group presentation)

D2 Cognitive flexibility, respectful curiosity and cultural awareness.



  • Critically analyse the role of culture and its underpinning theories, models and frameworks.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the history and global impact of migration and apply concepts such as super-diversity, intersectionality and cultural sensitivity into practice using international examples.
  • Synthesise and apply the evidence base behind interculturally competent communities and public, patient involvement (PPI) in real world settings.
  • Critically analyse the concepts of the art of medicine, the art of public health and medicine as culture and its impact on population health and well-being both locally and globally.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the potential of intercultural competence of interventions, programmes and policies and the impact on health and social care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to evaluate and apply intercultural research findings within health and social care settings both locally and global using international examples.   

Teaching and learning methods

This blended course involves working through the course notes provided online, linked references and other online sources of information. It also involves attending a 3 day residential component. You will be encouraged to use self-reflection to help you think about the ideas discussed, and take part in discussion board activities. You should work through the unit in a logical sequence. The calendar in Blackboard will guide you as to what you should be doing and when. It is essential you follow this guidance so that you are doing the same topic at the same time as your fellow students. Participation in the discussion boards is greatly encouraged, and generally those students who do participate do better in their written assignments.

Employability skills

Group/team working
The student is expected to play an active role collaborating with experienced trainers and other students to work through their own problem and exit with a greater understanding of the issues involved as well as possible solutions.
We envisage that students who have taken this unit will become ambassadors for better intercultural understanding and change within their own workplace.
Problem solving
In this course unit, individual students will bring a professional or relevant personal development `problem' to the course. The course is designed to provide an academic basis for understanding and applying intercultural methodology and approaches to Public Health.

Assessment methods

Assessment task


Weighting within unit

Group presentation at face to face component

20 mins and 10 mins Q&A by expert panel


Final Assignment

3,000 words



Feedback methods

Students will be provided with personalised feedback for their mid-term and final summative assignments, within 15 working days for mid-term assignments and 20 working days for final submission.

Further opportunities for formative feedback (on non-assessed work) will also be provided during a course unit.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Clare Huish Unit coordinator

Additional notes

For further information please watch this video from our Course Unit Leader.

If you have any questions about the content of this unit, please contact the course unit leader, Clare Huish, via email on If you have any other queries, please contact the PGT programme administrators via email on

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