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Public Policy and Global Health PCert

Course Description

The social determinants of health, the social gradient in health and the role of public policy and practice in tackling health inequalities in the UK and beyond. How public health and well-being evidence is translated in policy and policy is translated into practice through flows of evidence and knowledge between policy, practice and research.

Course structure

In 2015, the qualification comprises the following modules of which candidates shall study and be assessed in any combination totalling 60 credits:
-Global Health Issues and Governance (15 credits)
-Public Policy, Health and Health Inequalities (15 credits)
-Health Systems Analysis and Comparison (15 credits)
-The Dynamics of Evidence Informed Policy (15 credits)
-Gender, Sex, Health and Politics (15 credits)
-Qualitative Methods Applied to Policy and Health Research (15 credits)
-Epidemiology and Statistics (15 credits)

Learning and Teaching

Each PG Certificate programme in The Integrated Health Sciences Suite comprises four taught modules. The modules are mainly delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Typically lectures provide the key concepts and theories whilst tutorials and seminars allow students to work through application of concepts to practice in more detail promoting analysis of theory and reflection on its application. Dependent on the learning objectives of particular modules, case studies, role plays and simulation games are also cooperated to provide experiential based learning. The aim here is to assist students to arrive at new insights into the practical applications of theory. All taught modules also include an expectation that students will learn through structured reading thus obtaining greater familiarity with key texts and a deeper understanding of the subject knowledge generally. Within the seminar/tutorial format of the modules students are required to make oral presentations. These provide opportunities to develop oral and written skills in communicating clearly in an interprofessional manner.

The precise time allocation between lectures, seminars and tutorials is partially dependent on the student numbers in individual modules. Modules with smaller student numbers will tend towards greater reliance seminar formats than modules with larger student numbers (i.e. lecture formats in modules with small student numbers will be interspersed with more interactive and participative forms of learning). All taught modules within the Integrated Health Sciences Suite are taught over 10 weeks with a minimum of two hours of face-to-face contact per module per week. All modules within the master suite are research-based and the importance of research is emphasised in the additional face to face time given to the health research methods modules which are structured for three hours of direct teaching per week per module. Certain subject specific modules within the suite are structured for 2.5 hours of face-to-face teaching per week.

Throughout the programme, all students also have access to an academic adviser who will provide them with academic support and guidance. Typically a student will meet with their adviser two to three times a year.

Visit the Public Policy and Global Health PCert page on the Durham University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2.1 Hons degree or international equivalent OR professional qualification or two years relevant work-based experience. A pass at Grade C or above in mathematics at GCSE level or equivalent is also required. Applicants without a degree will be required to demonstrate sufficient academic capability to satisfactorily complete their programme. This may entail submission of a portfolio of work or a 2,000 word essay on a nominated topic. Students without a Grade C pass at GCSE level or equivalent may be required to complete a mathematical exercise. Strong Personal Statement

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