Msc Public Health Pathway

Required Credits/Units: 180

Core Modules

Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims:

  • To develop ability to critically explore and evaluate the social and biological determinants of health using a range of theoretical concepts in relation to poverty, equity, health inequalities, needs assessment, health impact assessment, and sustainable multi-disciplinary public health practice.
  • To be able to calculate, interpret and use epidemiological and demographic health data to better understand community health needs, inequalities and determinants of health.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and use a variety of theoretical models and approaches to conceptualising public health problems and suggest a range of realistic, evidence based solutions for change.
  2. Critically evaluate, interpret and explain demographic health data in relation to health needs, equity and inequality in a community context.
  3. Demonstrate an evidence based knowledge of how to critically evaluate public health policies and strategies to tackle inequalities in health and suggest new policies to address identified health needs
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use, interpret and calculate appropriate demographic and key measurement tools in health including key epidemiological measures for morbidity and mortality.

Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims:

  • To develop advanced knowledge and skills to critically appraise, evaluate and apply research methods, statistics and epidemiological concepts within the public health arena.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to design an appropriate PICO research question and design and undertake a systematic search strategy in a public health area
  2. Understand and critique the evidence base for public health and how this is utilised in practice and policy development in a wide range of health topics
  3. Apply critical appraisal techniques to quantitative and qualitative research studies and be able to synthesise what findings mean for public health research and practice.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of public health epidemiological study design features including key statistical concepts and interpretation of data, graphs and tables.


Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims

  • To develop the ability to critically appraise the principles, theories and practices of health promotion and social marketing and to develop advanced skills to design health promotion interventions that draw on in-depth analytical understanding of relevant theories of behaviour change, motivation, attitude and consumer behaviour

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate critical understanding of the strengths, limitations and scope of current approaches to health promotion critiquing the evidence base, approaches to health promotion, health promotion policy and main theoretical frameworks that inform practice
  2. Demonstrate clear understanding and application of theory to health promotion interventions that includes the ability to synthesise and critique the evidence based, create measurable outcomes, use appropriate methodologies and evaluation strategies.
  3. Critically discuss the use of mass media in the communication of key health promotion messages and analyse strategies and techniques to create and work effectively with various media sources to communicate key issues relevant to health.


Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims:

  • This module aims to introduce students to both fundamental and advanced concepts in epidemiology and biostatistics and the application of these concepts within the study of public health.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different epidemiological study designs and interpret routine epidemiological measures of health and disease.
  2. Apply epidemiological and biostatistical methods and concepts within the context of public health planning, investigation and surveillance.
  3. Review, critically appraise, and summarise published epidemiological papers and reports.


Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims:

  • By the end of the module students will be able to;
  • Develop, understand and critically examine the strategic leadership theories, models, drivers and operations which facilitate personal, institutional and community change.
  • Critically analyse and apply appropriate methodology for leading change in a multi-disciplinary team context with the specific aims to protect health and achieve health improvement in diverse working contexts.
  • Identify an area for change and apply decision making processes and criteria to prioritize a change, and debate appropriate leadership styles and strategies for a successful change

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of the role and contribution of leadership in conceptualising, creating and inspiring innovation and practice in multi-disciplinary public health
  2. Demonstrate critical insight into effective leadership and analyse a range of leadership styles and strategies that be implemented and utilised for health improvement.
  3. Critically analyse a complex issue and apply, design and utilise prioritization criteria to prioritize a feasible change area
  4. Plan a change event for leadership including stakeholders, risk analysis and leadership decision making tools and frameworks


Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims:

  • To critically evaluate the principles & practice of health protection
  • To critically examine the concept of risk in relation to population health
  • To explore ways in which the quality of multi-disciplinary public health practice delivered in diverse environments may be assured

Learning Outcomes

  1. To critically evaluate the theoretical perspectives of risk as applied to diverse populations & environments
  2. To demonstrate an analytical understanding of relationships between risk, social and biological determinants of health, poverty, health inequalities & environment
  3. To demonstrate critical insight into the use of the media to help people protect their health in diverse risky environments

 

Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims:

  • To evaluate the Sustainable Development Goals, targets and wider issues
  • To develop a partnership programme to facilitate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in a low income country context
  • To explore a range of health related issues pertaining to international health and low income countries
  • To analyse and evaluate the concept of partnerships and mutual learning.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate the Sustainable Development Goal and debate their implications for a specific low income countries.
  2. Analyse key issues affecting the health and health care provision for families in low income countries in a specific Sustainable Development Goal area
  3. Identify and develop a partnership plan and philosophy identifying areas of recropocity, sustainability and good practice within the context of a low income country.


Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims:

 

  • To develop knowledge of the fundamental principles and key concepts in health economics and to develop an ability to use health economics to inform policy and planning in public health.
  • To familiarise students with various models of health service financing.
  • To develop understanding of the theoretical basis for the role of commissioning and health economics in reducing inequalities and improving quality in the context of a publicly funded health care system.
  • To introduce the principles, nature, methods and models of quality improvement in health care

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of health economics, health economics methodologies and their role in evaluation, public health policy formulation and decision making.
  2. Critically evaluate the differences in organisational structure and function and discuss various models of health service financing.
  3. Analyse the principles, nature, methods and models of quality improvement in health care in the context of public health.
  4. Critically discuss principles and concepts of governance and suggest practical ways to improve health and reduce inequalities using good governance.


Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims:

 

  • To develop critical understanding of, and gain experience in, the process of generating evidence & transferring it into public health practice
  • To enable critical engagement in the development of the knowledge & skills required to contribute to public health scholarship & its dissemination using audience appropriate methods

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate research findings in a specific area of public health practice
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between ideas, research questions, research designs & research methods
  3. Explore the dissemination strategies & techniques for reaching different audiences
  4. Design an original, evidence based, accurate and ethically appropriate research study protocol

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