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MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Weight Management and Health Coaching

Unit code PHAR62222
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 Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit introduces learners to the principles of screening for diseases and monitoring long-term conditions in the context of public health and community pharmacy. It engages learners in a series of activities to enable them to understand the development of government policy on population screening and monitoring in relation to reduction of health inequalities.

The learner will investigate the evidence for the effectiveness of pharmacy-based screening and weight management services, appraise their impact on other local service providers and investigate ways of measuring outcomes. The learner will identify local public health priorities and use these to create and run a multimedia promotional campaign for a pharmacy-based screening or monitoring service.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Introduction to Pharmacy Public Health Services PHAR62221 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


This unit aims to:

  • produce graduates with a systematic understanding of the complex issues associated with population screening and monitoring of long-term conditions and a critical awareness of current policy and research in this field;
  • produce graduates who can critically evaluate the feasibility of community pharmacy-based screening and monitoring services;
  • produce graduates who can develop and deliver high quality, innovative and effective community-pharmacy based screening and monitoring public health services.


Teaching and learning methods

All learning and teaching processes for this programme will be delivered through e-learning resources based around Blackboard version 9.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Downloadable PDFs of CPPE learning programmes on screening populations, monitoring people, examining patients, dealing with difficult discussions, vascular risk and weight management - understanding the causes, prevention, assessment and management of obesity.
  • Online discussion forums.
  • Webinars (web-based presentations, lectures, workshops and seminars) using Webex® technology.
  • Use of various websites (including public health, government and pharmacy related sites, e-textbooks, videos and podcasts).
  • Self-directed learning.

Intellectual skills

  • Group work
  • Literature review
  • Student presentations
  • Self-directed learning.

Practical skills

  • Peer review
  • Student presentations
  • Self-directed learning
  • Creating and running promotional campaigns.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Reflective diary
  • Group work
  • Student presentations
  • Self-directed learning.

Knowledge and understanding

Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and detailed understanding of:

  • the complex ethical, financial and social issues associated with population screening;
  • the impact of monitoring long-term conditions in the context of public health;
  • government policies on cardiovascular risk and obesity and how these aim to reduce health inequalities;
  • health inequalities and the social determinants of health and how these have influenced the development of pharmacy-based screening and monitoring services.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically analyse the behavioural issues involved in patients’ attitudes to screening.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the relevant literature on the impact of environmental, social, lifestyle and behavioural factors on the incidence of cardiovascular disease and obesity.
  • Integrate theory and evidence base to critically evaluate the effectiveness of pharmacy-based weight management services and NHS Health Checks.

Practical skills

  • Interpret the results of a range of community pharmacy monitoring tests and predict how these influence behavioural change.
  • Safely and competently use a range of community pharmacy-based screening and monitoring tools.
  • Use library, electronic and online resources to research and identify information about a population’s health needs.
  • Analyse data on a population’s health needs and present it in written (case studies, business case and evaluations) and oral form.
  • Construct valid questionnaires to assess the impact of pharmacy-based screening and monitoring services.
  • Carry out constructive peer review.
  • Create and run promotional campaigns for pharmacy-based screening or monitoring services.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communicate complex information on risk to specialist and non-specialist audiences in written and oral form.
  • Work effectively in teams by carrying out tasks in virtual small groups.
  • Engage in critically reflective practice as part of continuing personal and professional development.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 25%
Portfolio 25%
Practical skills assessment 50%

Feedback methods

Provisional marks and feedback for coursework returned within 15 working days.

Exam marks and final marks returned after ratification at exam board. 

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Michelle Styles Unit coordinator
Janet Douglas Unit coordinator

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