Public Health in Practice (Level 7)

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Module start dates

Lancaster - 28 October 2013

You will need to attend one of the induction days prior to commencing your first module; these are running in Lancaster on 18 or 19 September 2013 (you only need to attend one date), 08 January 2014 and 26 March 2014 and in Carlisle on 20 September 2013, 07 January 2014 and 25 March 2014. If you have studied at the University of Cumbria in the past two years the requirement to attend the induction day may be waived.

Closing date for applications

The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.

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Module start dates

Lancaster - 28 October 2013

You will need to attend one of the induction days prior to commencing your first module; these are running in Lancaster on 18 or 19 September 2013 (you only need to attend one date), 08 January 2014 and 26 March 2014 and in Carlisle on 20 September 2013, 07 January 2014 and 25 March 2014. If you have studied at the University of Cumbria in the past two years the requirement to attend the induction day may be waived.

Closing date for applications

The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.

Why study with us?

This module will develop your critical knowledge, understanding, and skills in applying the research evidence base to the process of health needs assessment and health promotion interventions, developing a strategic approach to examination of public health policy and its application.

*module being revalidated for October 2013 and details subject to change.

Finance

If you are employed within NHS North West and this module is to be funded by your employing Trust, please contact your Line Manager and CPD Lead for advice relating to funding and the funding application process.

Resources and facilities

We are amongst the UK’s leading health and wellbeing faculties and are proud of the high level of support we are able to offer to our students. We provide a wide range of high-quality courses supported by expert academic and clinical practice staff. If you join us you will enjoy great facilities and learn alongside caring, committed and experienced professionals. Our employment record is excellent.

Entry requirements

Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.

More information about levels and credits.

Credit and UCAS requirements Credit: 20 credits Selection criteria

To be eligible to study this module you should be able to apply it to your practice.

Modules

HPHG7050 Public Health in Practice (20 credits at level 7)

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the social and political context of the development of public health policy and its impact on public health practice.
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts of health and need.
  3. Explore and critically analyse the complexity of the relationship between material, psychosocial and behavioural determinants of health and well being, drawing upon research-based knowledge of inequalities in health and the impact of social exclusion.
  4. Evaluate and interpret data and information from a range of sources to inform the process of health needs assessment and make sound rational judgements about the priorities of a defined population.
  5. Interpret and apply the research evidence base for health promotion approaches and collaborative interventions, managing the implications and the complexities of ethical dilemmas that arise.
Core bibliography

Cameron, E., Mathers, J., Parry, J. (2008) “Health and well-being”: questioning the use of health concepts in public health policy and practice. Critical Public Health, 18, (2), p. 225-232

Douglas J et al (2006) A reader in promoting public health: challenge and controversy. London: Sage.

Earl, S et al (2007) Theory and research in promoting public health. London: Sage

Green, J., Labonte, R (2007) Critical perspectives in public health. London: Routledge.

Holland, S. (2008) Public Health Ethics. Cambridge: Polity.

Kaptein, A., Weinman, J. (2008) Health Psychology. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell.

Lloyd, C.E et al (2007) Policy and practice in promoting public health. London: Sage

Journal: Critical Public Health

Course summary

Critical examination of concepts of health and need; complexity of factors influencing health and well being; political and social context of public health policy; research evidence of health inequalities and social exclusion; population health; epidemiology and interpretation of population data; managing conflicting evidence; systematic process of health needs assessment including participatory approaches; comparative study of health promotion theories and approaches; evidence base for collaborative public health interventions; ethical considerations; strategic planning for health improvement.

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