The programme comprised four compulsory modules. These are as follows:
Fundamental of Public Health and Health Improvement. (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce students to core concepts and principles which underpin public health as it is practised today in the UK and more globally. Public Health is a population-based speciality devoted to promoting and protecting health and well-being, preventing ill-health and prolonging life, through the organised efforts of society.It consists of three main areas of activity: health improvement, health service quality and health protection. This module will introduce the common principles which underpin all three areas of practice, and then focus on teaching key concepts and approaches to health improvement activities. The module will build on the core knowledge from pre-existing undergraduate training, to expose students to the concepts and approaches used in modern-day public health research and practice. Learning will be developed primarily through interactive lectures and expert-led (practitioner, researcher) seminars supported by different forms of enquiry-based and self-directed activities. Students will be expected to undertake preparatory work in relation to each session.
Health Protection and Health Care Public Health (20 credits)
This module focuses the role of public health in shaping health and social care services, and health protection. Students will be introduced to the principles of health and social care delivery, noting the role of the public health practitioner in using evidence-based approaches to plan, implement and evaluate the delivery of service provision for designated populations. The importance of public involvement will be emphasised. The role of Public Health in protecting the population health will also be considered, noting the need to manage specific biological, chemical and other environmental threats to health. The module will consist of small group teaching enabling students to discuss and explore further materials introduced in pre-session preparatory, independent learning activities. Practice-based seminars delivered by practitioners working in local public health settings and by academics leading major global health research programmes will be used to illustrate the applicability of theoretical learning.
Health Research Methods (20 credits)
This module aims to provide students with a grounding in the range of study designs and research methods that are commonly used in health research. The contents of the module will help students to enhance their current knowledge and understanding of the health research methods that are available to address the variety of relevant research questions. In addition to in-depth learning focused on qualitative research methods and further learning in statistical analysis, the module also covers quantitative and qualitative systematic reviews; survey research; the availability and analysis of routine health datasets; and further issues in trial design. The module will combine both theoretical and practical methods learning and will complement further sessions focused upon broader research skills relevant to developing research projects, including research ethics. Whilst the module will provide knowledge and understanding relevant to individual research projects, it is also designed to provide broad-based research knowledge which will support future research involvement and allow students to critically appraise research findings of relevance to their clinical work
Research Project (60 credits)
This module aims to equip students with the skills needed to develop and conduct a piece of research in the field of population sciences that has the potential for publication within a relevant journal. Students will experience data collection, management, and analysis, prior to writing up in the form of an academic paper or dissertation. Students will have the option to identify a project from a list of feasible and appropriate projects generated by Academic Staff. They will (wherever possible) be allocated one of their project preferences and will work with a supervisor (or supervisors) during Semester 1 to further develop a research protocol for the project to be carried out in Semester 2. The module is delivered across both Semester 1 and Semester 2. There will be group contact time and teaching in Semester 1, which will involve lectures and methodological seminars where students will meet to discuss project ideas and development. In Semester 2 students will work under close supervision to conduct their research project. Students will have tutorials with their supervisor on a regular basis and these will identify problems with data collection, monitor progress and support data management and delivery, enabling the student to fully engage with the research process from initial development of ideas to completion. Students will also have access to statistics and research skills clinics throughout both semesters to supplement supervision.