MPH Occupational Health / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Introduction to Public Health
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course unit is designed to provide a broad introduction for those students unfamiliar with the discipline of public health. This introduction to public health will provide the firm grounding in the core concepts and principles of public health needed to get the most out of the other MPH course units.
This unit aims to:
- Provide an introduction to the academic theory and principles of health promotion and health protection.
- Provide an introduction to the core principles of public health practice
- Present opportunities to apply the core principles in real world scenarios
On completion of this unit, successful students will be able to:
- Explore the concepts and definitions of health and wellbeing
- Examine the concept of bias and how this influences the interpretation of evidence
- Discuss the determinants of health and the reasons for health inequalities
- Analyse and compare approaches that can be used with the aim of improving health and wellbeing of the population
- Discuss the principles of health protection including communicable disease control
- Evaluate health protection approaches for different settings and situations
- Communicate effectively to support evidence based approached for improving health and wellbeing
- Use modern digital tools and online platforms to develop and deliver effective health communications
- Develop a critically reflective approach to learning
- Concepts of culture, health and wellbeing
- Concepts of evidence and bias
- Introduction to health promotion
- Health and health inequalities
- Approaches to health promotion
- Introduction to communicable disease control
- Disease agents and routes of transmission
- Principles of control measures and outbreak investigation
- Vaccination and vaccine hesitancy
Teaching and learning methods
This course involves working through the online course content, linked references and other online sources of information. You will be encouraged to use self-reflection to help you think about the ideas presented and take part in discussion board and other group 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. The course relies on group activities throughout and supports students with effective group working and project management approaches.
- Analytical skills
- Students will analyse the academic debates about definitions of health and wellbeing and medical versus social models and evaluate their impact on the practice of public health
- Students will work in groups to identify new opportunities, generate solutions, make improvements and to think creatively and enterprisingly in order to appreciate the feasible methods that can be applied to public health practice
- Problem solving
- Students will need to evaluate current practice to demonstrate the ability to apply a logical approach to be able to apply their understanding to the assessment of need of any given population and evaluation of any given public health intervention
- Written communication
- Students will need to be able to communicate their arguments coherently in the assessment questions demonstrating literacy and a strong command of the English language
Weighting within unit
approx. 600 words
1,400 words or equivalent
Final assignment - group project
2,000 words or equivalent
Students will be provided with personalised tutor feedback for all assessments - within 15 working days for the personal blog and midterm, and 20 working days for the group project and evaluation.
Further opportunities for formative feedback (on non-assessed work) will also be provided during a course unit.
There is no set textbook.
|Independent study hours|
|John Owen||Unit coordinator|
If you have any questions about the content of this unit, please contact the course unit leader, John Owen, via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any other queries, please contact the PGT programme administrators via email on email@example.com.