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BSc Public Health (Distance/Blended Learning) / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Health Protection Y1
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit will explore the basic principles of health protection including infection including causative agents, vectors and reservoirs. We will also go through basic mechanisms of immunity and vaccinations.
The unit aims to: develop the students’ basic understanding of health protection, including the principles of infection and immunity.
|Category of outcome||Students will be able to:|
|Knowledge and understanding|| |
A1 Understand the basic principles of infection including the determinants of infectious disease.
A2 Understand the causative agents, reservoirs and vectors
A3 Understand the different mechanisms of immunity
A4 Understand how vaccines work
|Intellectual skills||B1 Identify and evaluate the evidence required for health protection policy and practice|
|Practical skills|| |
C1 Find existing sources of evidence relevant to clinical and non-clinical health questions
C2 Be able to critically appraise common research designs and assess the published literature
|Transferable skills and personal qualities|| |
D1 Reflect on health protection principles and applications
D2 Develop communication skills to implement health protection interventions
Immunology of Communicative Diseases
- Individual v Population
- Development of vaccines
- Surveillance of impact of vaccines on populations
- New innovations in vaccinations
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.
- Analytical skills
- Oral communication
- Written communication
|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 a health protection topic||10 minutes||Written feedback||100%|
- Students will be provided with personalised feedback on their recorded presentation of a health protection topic.
- Further opportunities for formative feedback (on non-assessed work) will also be provided during the course unit.
Hawker, Jeremy. Communicable Disease Control Handbook . 2nd ed. Malden, Mass. ;: Blackwell Pub., 2005. Web.
Male, David, Stokes Peebles, and Victoria Male. Immunology . 9th edition. Edinburgh?: Elsevier, 2021. Print.
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|Independent study hours|
|Steph Mitchell||Unit coordinator|
For every 20 course unit credits we expect students to work for around 200 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.