About the course

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Who should attend this course?

  • Anyone working in health, social care or other similar public service who want to expand their understanding of the theories, methods and relevant legislation of promoting health and gain an appreciation of how these have been applied to some specific examples of disease prevention.
  • For those who are not ready to commit to the complete degree yet, and would like to try one module to see how online study will fit around their work and life commitments. 

Course content

This course captures the broader strategies which governments, health systems, practitioners and individuals can adopt to prevent ill health, promote health and wellbeing and manage ill health. Students will start with a review of the major communicable and non-communicable challenges and how these vary by geography and the importance of promoting health for sustainability of health systems as well as quality of life.

Health promotion models and how these have been informed by different theoretical perspectives and disciplines will be covered including:

  • theories of behaviour change (theory of planned behaviours, the health belief model, etc)
  • methods of behaviour change at the individual, community, societal level
  • role of law
  • underpinning ideologies (libertarian/utilitarian) of health systems
  • cultural aspects which influence national policies on promoting health
  • risk behaviours
  • evidence base for different interventions.

Why choose this course?

This course will enable students to critically evaluate global and national strategies, for promoting health through implementation of primary, secondary and tertiary interventions, and the role of public health practitioners within this.

Entry requirements...

Health, Social care or other similar public service  workers who have studied successfully at level 6 or equivalent.

Please note that if you wish to apply to the full Master course after completing this credit bearing course, please visit the Master of Public Health (online) course page for entry requirements. 

Dates

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
25/05/202018/09/2020Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
25/05/202118/09/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

Course fees

Credit level for this course is 30 credits, total fee is £1360 for the academic year 2018/19.

Teaching methods

Distance learning.