Short course

Healthcare Public Health

This five day short course will equip you with the skills to plan, procure and monitor healthcare services and the appraisal of evidence, with emphasis on Health Needs Assessment and how these concepts apply to healthcare delivery.

Start date
27 November - 1 December 2023
5 days
Home - £565 International - £1480
Postgraduate microcredential
10 credits


This short course takes the planning cycle used in many healthcare systems as its focus. It will introduce students to the three key areas of planning, procuring and monitoring healthcare services. The module is underpinned by teaching on the critical appraisal of evidence and the use of economic appraisal in health settings. Particular emphasis is placed on Health Needs Assessment and the ways in which this can be carried out. Students are exposed in particular to these concepts as they apply to healthcare delivery. The course is delivered by a mixture of internal academic experts and external experts experienced in service delivery.


On completion you should be able to:

1. Describe the planning cycle in the context of the provision and funding of health care

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practice of healthcare needs assessment and its application in public health practice

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of economic appraisal of healthcare

4. Critically analyse healthcare policy implementation, in particular through the prioritisation of services and interventions

5. Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to analyse critical steps in service design or redesign such as service specifications, care pathways and models of care

6. Evaluate and audit health services to assure and improve quality.

Attendance required

1 week block of teaching.


Single assignment of 2500 words.

Microcredential Coordinators

Professor Tom Marshall, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care and Dr Shamil Haroon, Associate Clinical Professor of Public Health.


  • Healthcare Public Health can be taken as a standalone course if required, as either an assessed or non assessed week. 
  • Degree level entry requirement.
  • Applications must be received a minimum of one month before the start date of the module.
  • For further information on fees or entry requirements, please contact the Programme Administrator at