MSc Occupational Hygiene / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Creating Equitable Services for Health and Wellbeing

Course unit fact file
Unit code POPH60062
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
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit is one of our blended options. The course will equip students to use the evidence-base to design, deliver and evaluate services which are accessible and appropriate, in order to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of patients and communities. Students choosing 'Creating Equitable Services for Health and Wellbeing' will need to be available for a 3 consecutive day face to face teaching/online block from 9th - 11th April 2024.This will involve presentations and group work. On-campus students will join the on-campus sessions. Online students can choose to join the sessions either on-campus or online..


The course aims to enable students to develop skills to identify and understand the factors that make services hard to access and populations hard to reach. Students will use the evidence-base to evaluate and develop methods of engaging with seldom heard populations in the UK and international settings and demonstrate their application in real world settings to improve population health. .

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, successful students will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

Systematically define and critically analyse the role of public health in engaging hard to reach populations


Systematically define and critically evaluate the factors that make populations hard to reach


Comprehensively describe and critically assess the use of Public, Patient, Professional Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) in working with hard to reach populations

Intellectual skills

Critically analyse the impact of hard to reach populations on public health


Appraise the way that service delivery and culture can impede access to services and evaluate strategies for improving access.


Apply principles of evidence based practice

Applied Skills

Work individually and collaboratively to research and evaluate evidence-based strategies for accessing and engaging hard to reach populations






  • Describe and analyse seldom heard populations in a variety of settings and evaluate the factors that make populations hard to reach by services.
  • Critically analyse the impact of seldom heard populations on public health.
  • Examine the relationship between access to services and health inequalities.
  • Analyse the impact of socio-economic, cultural and other factors on access to services.
  • Critically appraise current practices for engaging seldom heard populations.
  • Examine the role of Public, Patient and Professional involvement and engagement in developing accessible services.
  • Develop evidence-based strategies for accessing and engaging seldom heard populations in a range of settings

Teaching and learning methods

This blended course involves working through the course notes provided online, linked references and other online sources of information including short videos. It also involves attending a 3- day teaching face to face component You should work through the unit in a logical sequence using the calendar in Blackboard. It is essential you follow this guidance so that you are doing the same topic at the same time as your fellow students. Discussion boards will give you an opportunity to share your learning with fellow students. Generally those students who participate in discussion boards do better in their written assignments as this interaction with tutors and peers is an important part of the learning process.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Students will critically analyse and evaluate approaches to engaging seldom heard populations and develop evidence-based strategies.
Group/team working
Students will play an active role, collaborating with experienced trainers and other students to examine the challenges presented by working with seldom heard populations and exit the course with a greater understanding of the issues involved as well as ideas for potential applications.
Problem solving
Students will examine real-life situations and be supported to generate innovative solutions, developing skills that can be transferred to other settings and populations.

Assessment methods

Group presentation (group mark and peer assessment mark)

Feedback methods

Students will be provided with personalised feedback for their final summative assignment (20 minute group presentation submitted as a video) within 20 working days.

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

Recommended reading

To be confirmed.

Study hours

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

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Annie Harrison Unit coordinator

Additional notes

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

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