BSc Public Health (Distance/Blended Learning)

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Introduction to Public Health

Course unit fact file
Unit code POPH10061
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit will explore concepts of health and wellbeing from an epidemiological, sociological and the “science and art” perspective of public health practice and discuss the determinants of health and the reasons for health inequalities. We will analyse the approaches that can be used with the aim of improving health and wellbeing of the population and develop team-working and collaboration skills through effective use of modern digital tools. We will explore how to apply evidence to inform professional practice and decision making in modern public health.

Aims

The unit aims to develop the students’ basic understanding of public health practice.

Learning outcomes

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

A1 Understand concepts of health and wellbeing from epidemiological, sociological and the “science and art” of public health practice

A2 Understand the determinants of health and the reasons for health inequalities

A3 Understand of the principles of epidemiology, health promotion and health protection to propose potential approaches for a range of public health problems

A4 Understand how to apply evidence to inform professional practice and decision making

Intellectual skills

B1 Identify and evaluate the evidence required for public health practice

B2 Develop a critically reflective approach to problem solving

Practical skills

C1 Find existing sources of evidence relevant to clinical and non-clinical health questions

C2 Analyse approaches that can be used with the aim of improving health and wellbeing of the population

C3 Develop team-working and collaboration skills through effective use of modern digital tools

Transferable skills and personal qualities

D1 Reflect on public health principles and applications

D2 Develop communication skills to support evidence-based discussions around the concepts of health and wellbeing

 

Syllabus

  • What is Public Health? 
  • Three domains of Public Health 
  • Determinants of health and health inequalities 
  • Current and future challenges 

Teaching and learning methods

The majority of the course will be through elearning which will include required and additional learning, self-tests and discussion boards. There will be 5 webinars that will be recorded to allow synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Employability skills

Group/team working
Innovation/creativity
Oral communication
Research

Assessment methods

Formative assessment task Length Feedback method Weighting within unit
Discussion boards N/A Written feedback 0%
Summative assessment task Length Feedback method Weighting within unit
Recorded presentation of public health topic 10 minutes Written feedback 100%

 

Feedback methods

  • Students will be provided with personalised feedback on their recorded presentation of a public health topic. 
  • Further opportunities for formative feedback (on non-assessed work) will also be provided during the course unit. 

Recommended reading

Somerville, Margaret, K. Kumaran, and Rob Anderson. Public Health and Epidemiology at a Glance . Second edition. Chichester, [England: Wiley Blackwell, 2016. Print

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 95

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Catherine Wasiuk Unit coordinator

Additional notes

For every 10 course unit credits we expect students to work for around 100 hours. This time generally includes any contact times (online, recorded and live), but also independent study, work for coursework, and group work. This amount is only a guidance and individual study time will vary.

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