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MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Public Health & The Prevention of Cancer

Unit code NURS60091
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Available as a free choice unit? No


This module has been designed in response to contemporary requirements in terms of the cancer prevention and management, and is designed to inform the delivery of public health at the local community, national and international level. Theoretical and critical knowledge of relevant policy will be applied, which will include an analysis and evaluation of policy initiatives and the potential for delivering sustainability in public health.    


This module aims to provide students with an in depth strategic understanding, and application, of public health activity as it relates to cancer prevention within a local, national and international population. It will equip the students with knowledge and understanding of the role of health education, prevention, screening and early diagnosis in cancer.   
The module will enable students to use demographic and population data to develop responsive and innovative methods to inform health promotion strategies and raise public awareness. 

Teaching and learning methods

  • Classroom based teaching
  • E-Learning
  • Directed and self-directed learning

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically analyse cancer epidemiology including cancer mortality and morbidity.
  • critically evaluate the current knowledge base to identify cancer types amenable to early detection and evaluate how this can impact on both patient and service outcomes.
  • Demonstrate an expert understanding of the role of political influences, regulations and legislations as drivers for service development.
  • Critically explore the ethical implications of health promotion and the initiation of behaviour change.
  • Critically analyse and synthesise models of health promotion.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate the complex nature of implementing cancer services at both a local/national and international level, giving particular recognition of the challenges faced in low-middle income countries.
  • Demonstrate an in depth knowledge and understanding of the  role of cancer registries, health care networks and health care providers in the provision of a responsive public health approach  to cancer  management. 

Intellectual skills

  • Critically appraise peer reviewed literature and related policies that impact on public health within cancer.
  • Critically evaluate current practice and service delivery, drawing on a range of evidence
  • Propose innovative approaches to enhancing current service, optimising strategies to evaluate implementation

Practical skills

  • Critically evaluate strategies such as health coaching and motivational interviewing and consider how they could impact on, and advance, practice.
  • Critically evaluate the application of strategies for health promotion as this relates to cancer

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop information technology skills to support lifelong learning and participate in identification of individual learning needs and develop strategies to meet those needs.
  • Evaluate own role in leading and developing practice and service delivery in relation to promoting awareness and behaviour change.
  • Participate in collaborative learning and peer support.
  • Promote independent learning through critical evaluation and synthesis of evidence that enhances and challenges current practice.
  • Systematically evaluate a range of evidence to inform clinical decision-making and professional practice

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jane Griffiths Unit coordinator

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