The aim of this programme in Child Public Health is to equip students with the knowledge of the importance of health in early childhood for future national health, wellbeing and growth. An understanding of the importance of child health and the many factors that affect it is therefore relevant to all those working directly with children and in wider policy, governance and research development.
This course in Child Public Health will explore the evidence base underpinning Child Public Health policy in the UK and internationally. Examining health issues for children aged 0 – 11 years such as perinatal health, nutrition and immunisations, it will highlight the importance of child health, not only as a concept of illness, but as affecting wider long term educational, social and emotional development. The Child Public Health programme will use a bio-psycho-social approach to critically evaluate the multitude of factors that influence child health and the role of multi disciplinary professionals, policy makers and government in child health promotion and governance. Overall, the Child Public Health programme will emphasise the importance of the early years upon future child and population health and consider the public health policies and interventions established to promote and enhance this.
An understanding of the importance of child health and the many factors that affect it is therefore relevant to all those working directly with children and in wider policy, governance and research development.
The course in Child Public Health will:
Enhance understanding of the evidence base that drives Child Public Health policy, promotion and practice Develop students critical perspective on the importance of child health, the interplay of factors that affect it and the impact it can have upon child outcomes Promote critical understanding of child health from an integrated, holistic perspective examining evidence from biological, psychological and social angles Raise awareness of the number of professions who play a role in Child Public Health and explore the importance of inter-professional working Equip students with the knowledge to understand and promote child health in professional settings
The programme in Child Public Health will equip students with an understanding of the theory and evidence base behind public health policy, promotion and practice and will explore the influence of a multitude of factors upon child health from both UK and international perspectives.
The programme will be taught in the multidisciplinary college of Human and Health Sciences with strong links to Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board. Students will be taught by psychologists, sociologists, midwives, child nurses and public health experts who have strong links with a range of international networks and similar university departments in Europe and around the world.
The teaching team are research active and well published. Members of staff teaching on the programme are recognized internationally for their research in child health, professional health backgrounds and teaching expertise.
Students may have the opportunity to continue studies to pursue a PhD supervised by a well-qualified member of the team.
Modules typically include:
• Childhood Illness • Childhood Nutrition and Growth • Influences Upon Child Health • Sociology of Child Health • Research Methods • Understanding and Observing Child Development • Advanced Practice with Children
Who should take this programme?
This course would be suitable for those wishing to gain an understanding of the evidence base behind child public health policy and practice and the complex factors that can affect it.
This might include:
Practitioners working with children or families in health and social care, education or the community sector who wish to build on their knowledge and understanding of child health issues
New graduates planning a career working with children or in public health, seeking a course which will enhance their knowledge, understanding and thus employability
Those with an interest in child health and wellbeing, who wish to understand the topic in more depth e.g. parents, voluntary sector workers
International students who wish to explore the many influences upon child health and wellbeing, with an opportunity to relate and contrast that to their home context.
Careers and Employability
This programme would increase employment and career opportunities for students in a range of child and health related careers.
It would be relevant to those wishing to build on their knowledge of child health in their existing career but would also be beneficial to those seeking to enter a career working with children and families e.g. children’s centres, play work, childcare, healthcare, education, social care, project or youth/community work. Additionally, it would provide an excellent knowledge base for those wishing to work in local government, policy or research in the field of child health, as well as being a stepping stone to further research study.
The normal entry requirement of the Child Public Health scheme is a 2.2 (or above) degree in a related discipline (for example childhood studies, education, psychology, sociology, mental health). Applicants unsure as to the suitability of their qualifications should contact the admissions tutor. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree, must instead have significant relevant work experience. In these cases the admissions tutor will assess the appropriateness of this experience in relation to the programme. English Language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.
Recipient: Swansea University
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