Year 1 4 Core compulsory units: – Introduction to Public Health – Evidence Based Practice for Public Health – Leadership and Management in Public Health – Principles of Infection Control
Year 2 Specialist units – Epidemiology – Threats to Health – Surveillance, Prevention, and Control – Professional Development
Assessment methods: Each unit is assessed by appropriate coursework or examination. The forms of assessment are varied and include written essays, independent projects, fieldwork assignments, and written examination. All assessments focus on the application of theoretical knowledge to practice issues.
Course description: Protecting the health of the public by reducing the effects of communicable diseases and non-communicable environmental hazards has emerged as a distinct area of practice. This course equips practitioners with the knowledge and skills to respond to current and potential threats, including population aspects of health emergency planning. It focuses on reducing risk and managing problems arising from communicable diseases, including strategies for their prevention, surveillance and control. The monitoring and investigation of environmental hazards, and major incident planning are also covered.
The course aims to enhance the ability of students to analyse and use information, and develop effective leadership skills in managing people and resources to bring about change.
Career opportunities: The specialist knowledge and skills acquired will enable students to pursue a career in infection control or the broader field of health protection, within the acute or primary health sectors. It will allow those already employed in the field to develop strategic management skills and extend their role, and respond to increasing opportunities at local, regional, and national level.
Professional Contact / Industry links: Specialists from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) contributed to the design and establishment of the programme, and continue to be involved in curriculum development.
Additional notes: The core and specialist units can usually be taken as stand-alone courses.