Health Protection

Year 1 Semester 2

Credits 20

Health protection is one of the three core domains of specialist public health practice (along with health improvement and healthcare public health). The module will describe the range of public health activities that aim to prevent and control infectious diseases and other environmental threats to the health of the population. It is central to the work public health practitioners. The module will provide an introduction to key concepts in health protection and will allow you to develop an understanding of the principles of health protection and specific interventions, including partnership working, to deliver health protection within the context of controlling communicable diseases and non-communicable environmental hazards.

The module will consider the structures and services required to deliver effective health protection arrangements; emergency planning, risk assessment and risk communication; the principles of surveillance; the principles of incident/outbreak investigation and control; and introduce key environmental, communicable disease and radiological hazards, as well the main interventions available to respond to these.