module specification

SH5008 - Advancing the health of the population: Understanding Public Health (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Advancing the health of the population: Understanding Public Health
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
28 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
200 hours Guided independent study
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   A 2,500 word essay based on selection of one of a number of set questions
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Monday Morning

Module summary

This module aims to:

 Develop understanding of the Public Health discipline
 Develop understanding and knowledge of population health data and the skills to interpret this data
 Provide a social science based contextual and critical understanding of the impact of the social determinants of health on population health outcomes
 Develop an understanding and knowledge of population health issues and how to take an evidence-based approach to tackle these issues


The module programme is structured to tackle each of the learning outcomes in turn.

1. The foundations of Public Health including an introduction to Health Protection, Healthcare Public Health and Health Promotion LO1
2. The wider determinants of health LO2
3. How to access and use population health datasets LO3
4. Developing skills for evidence-based practice LO4
5. Thinking critically about the contemporary issues in public health LO 1-5

The first four areas of the module programme will provide students with the foundations upon which to understand, discuss and think critically about contemporary issues in public health (area 5) which will form the second half of module delivery.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

A range of teaching methods will be used throughout this module: lectures, presentations, seminars, workshops and discussions, both face to face and online. These sessions will provide background coverage on topics under discussion and interactive learning. Students will be required to read set texts and articles and to discuss these in classes and seminars. Additional resources will be available online via WebLearn. Module staff will be available to provide face-to-face, telephone, and email support to students during and outside timetabled sessions.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Explain and discuss the three pillars of Public Health being Health Protection, Healthcare Public Health, and Health Promotion
2. Understand and discuss the determinants of health
3. Interpret and explain population health data
4. Take an evidence-based approach to public health decisions
5. Think critically about contemporary issues in public health

Assessment strategy

The assessment is designed to test the student's ability to evaluate a range of issues influencing theory, policy and practice developments in Public Health. To assess achievement against the module aims and learning outcomes, there will be one assessment component. The assessment is a 2,500 word essay related to a contemporary issue in public health. Students will be expected to present the public health issue identified in the set question before taking an evidence-based approach to critically appraising the issue. A formative assessment of an essay outline will feed in to the summative assessment allowing students to get feedback on the structure and outline of the essay at least four weeks before submission of the summative assessment.