BSc Public Health (Distance/Blended Learning) / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Healthcare Public Health Year 1

Course unit fact file
Unit code POPH10052
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will explore what we mean by health systems management including the history and theories that underpin practice. We will explore the importance of players both within countries and outside interaction with health systems. We will explore how management theory can help to develop, improve and maintain a high quality of service.


The unit aims to: develop the students’ basic understanding of health systems management within countries and outside interaction with health systems to develop, improve and maintain a high quality of service. 

Learning outcomes

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

A1 Understand how other players both within countries and outside interact with health systems 

A2 Understand health systems to specific health topics or countries 

A3 Understand the principal management theories and techniques relevant to managing healthcare 

Intellectual skills B1 Identify and evaluate the evidence required for healthcare management 
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 

C3 Apply their learning to develop, improve and maintain a high quality of service. 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

D1 Reflect on management principles and applications 

D2 Develop communication skills to maintain a high quality service 



  • Introduction to Health¿Systems¿¿ 
  • Design and structure of Health Systems¿ 
  • Health Systems Standards¿ 
  • Measuring health systems outcomes¿ 
  • Introduction to healthcare management¿¿ 
  • Organisational¿culture¿in health systems¿ 
  • Managing data within health systems 
  • Managing people within health systems 
  • Improving health systems 
  • New developments in health systems¿ 

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

Analytical skills
Oral communication
Problem solving
Written communication

Assessment methods

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


Feedback methods

  • Students will receive written feedback from tutors on the recorded presentation of a critical appraisal of a peer-reviewed publication     
  • Students will receive written feedback from peers via a discussion board task  

Recommended reading

Walshe, Kieran, and Judith Smith. Healthcare Management . Third edition. London ;: McGraw-Hill Education, 2016. Print. 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 190

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Helen Davidson Unit coordinator

Additional notes

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.

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