Health Protection

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Health Protection

This module provides an introduction to basic concepts in health protection. You will develop an understanding of the principles of health protection including partnership working to deliver health protection within the context of controlling communicable diseases and non-communicable environmental hazards.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:
Describe the distribution, extent and public health impact of key non-communicable hazards (including air, water, food and land contamination) and climate change

Apply the key interventions in responding effectively to major environmental health hazards

Describe the basic concepts of communicable diseases including surveillance and the epidemiology, prevention and generic control measures for infectious diseases

Understand key principles of immunisation and management of immunisation programmes Apply the principles and steps involved ineffective outbreak management and investigation

Apply the basic concepts of infection control for Health Protection Apply the principles of effective emergency planning and preparedness

Understand the role of legislation and Public Health law in UK Health Protection Understand the key threats in travel and migrant health and critically apply the basic principles in the prevention of travel associated diseases


20 credits

Module Attendance

Required 1 block week of teaching.

Module Dates

Module dates are to be confirmed.


Unseen examination

Module Coordinators

Co-Module Lead (external): Dr Patrick Saunders
Co-Module Lead (external): Dr Harsh Duggal

Stand Alone Course

This module can be taken as a standalone course if required. To apply, please contact the Programme Coordinator on 0121 414 7577 or at All applications must be received a minimum of one month before the start date of the module. For further information on fees and entry requirements, please contact the Programme Administrator. The course can be taken as an assessed or non assessed week. This module is available as part of the Masters in Public Health programme at the University of Birmingham and on a stand alone basis for CPD purposes.

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