module specification

SH7010 - Health Protection: Principles and Practice (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Health Protection: Principles and Practice
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 200
74 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
90 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Unseen Examination 25%   Exam
Coursework 75%   Development of website content
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Summer studies North - -

Module summary

This online module explores one of the major domains of public health, that of health protection. This module will introduce students to health protection, and the principles and practice of this domain of public health. This module will have both and international and UK focus, and will give students an understanding of communicable diseases and how they are controlled, environmental public health, and emergency, preparedness, resilience and response. The module will also look at emerging health protection issues, as-well-as giving students and understanding of health protection tools.

This module aims to: -
• Provide a broad understanding of health protection
• Allow students to develop competency in applying basic terminology, definitions, and principles of key health protection issues
• To identify and critique protection and control measures
• To develop knowledge, understanding, and application of principles of health promotion through the use of case study examples


This module covers the following areas: -

• The basics of health protection, including what it is, who is involved and introduce students to the basics of infection microbiology LO1
• The epidemiology and control of selected communicable diseases LO2, LO3
• The immediate and long-term impacts of selected disaster situations and measures to mitigate and overcome these situations LO4
• Environmental public health LO3, LO4
• Selected health protection tools. LO5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module teaching is based on weekly lectures (or block teaching in the summer term) and seminar classes, where specific group-work exercises have been developed to provide students with an opportunity to examined in more detail some of the main conceptual and methodological issues covered in lectures.

The approach to teaching is based on facilitating the application of concepts, methods and principles to practice-related contexts, and students’ integration of learning in relation to real world scenarios. This approach to teaching aims to develop students’ ability to think critically about data and evidence, and to draw appropriate inferences in accordance with the stated learning outcomes.

The above teaching methods will be complemented by students’ independent study on the module. Students will be required to read, on a weekly basis, recommended chapters in the core textbook, or to access other relevant educational material.

The module will be using WebLearn - guidance will be given during the module about how to best use this. It is designed to support students learning providing access to wider reading and resources to help to prepare for each session e.g. websites, policy documents and articles and or to revise and deepen knowledge after sessions e.g. lecture notes. Students are encouraged to use other learning resources such as the Library and the CELT and WebLearn.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understand and critical awareness of key concepts, principles and practice of health protection
2. Discuss the societal and structural determinants of communicable diseases
3. Evaluate prevention and control measures of communicable diseases and environmental hazards
4. Apply approaches to emergency preparedness, resilience, and response to different scenarios making sound judgments and communicating decisions clear to a specialist and non-specalist audiences
5. Critically assess use of health protection tools in different scenarios

Assessment strategy

There are two scheduled summative assessments on this module. The module is passes on the aggregate score of the two assessments.

The first assessment is an online test worth 25% of the overall module mark.  The test, which lasts for 1 hour, consist of multiple choice and/or short answer questions to test students’ knowledge of health protection principles and practice.

The second assessment is to development website content (4000 words in total) planning a response to a given health protection scenario. Students will be able to choose from a communicable disease scenario, an emergency response scenario, or an environmental public health scenario. Students are expected to describe the public health problem and health protection issue, the immediate and long-term impacts on health, selection, evaluation, and application of relevant health protection tools.


Ghebrehewet, S., Stewart, A.G., Baxter, D., Shears, P., Conrad, D., Kliner, M. (2016).Health Protection: principles and practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Hawker, J., Begg, N., Blair, I., Reintjes, R., Weinberg, J., Ekdahl, K. (2012). Communicable disease control and health protection handbook. (3rd edition). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

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