What you will study
More specific aims of the module are to:
- investigate the scope and nature of contemporary public health across the UK and internationally, focusing on its development, current priorities and future challenges
- explore the major determinants of health and develop ways of promoting public health that address social and economic inequalities and are culturally sensitive and holistic
- build knowledge and skills in communication, teamwork and computer-based collaboration
- develop a skill set for evidence-based practice, including researching, analysing and evaluating health information and policy and accessing computer-based data
- practise multidisciplinary and multisectoral planning, development and evaluation of programmes to improve health through learning activities and assessment
- build an approach to promoting public health that is ethically sound and participative, recognising the need for flexibility and mutual goal setting, and respecting the rights of individuals, groups and communities to autonomy and control
- encourage partnership, collaboration and mutual respect among different professional and lay groups working in public health
- examine ethical, political and professional dilemmas that arise in new practices and policies for promoting health and consider how these dilemmas may be tackled.
Key features of the module include:
- opportunity for reflection and consolidation of learning and for testing out the applicability of your learning to practice through activities, assessment and discussion with other students
- a focus on developing communication (including computer-based communication) and information-literacy skills that will enable you keep up to date in this field as well as develop skills to critically appraise policy and practice
- a thorough grounding in skills for evidence-based practice – this includes encouraging you to research and critically evaluate data and other information that you have searched for, to support you in becoming an independent learner
- wide-ranging evidence and case study material about UK, international and global public health priorities, practice and policies, to help enhance your own practice
- assessment that provides opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills, reflect on your learning and assess your progress, with an end-of-module assignment focused on a public health intervention.
You will need basic skills in using a PC and accessing the internet. Note that relevant computer and internet skills are integrated into the module.
This module is delivered online. You progress through the module by means of sixteen Learning Guides, which you access online but are also printable. The online Learning Guides contain activities, interactive quizzes and links to relevant websites, and also a range of case studies presented through video and audio clips. Consolidation weeks have been built into the study calendar to allow time for reflection, assignment writing and catching up.
This module is mapped against the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) revised standards for public health practitioners, who may come from many backgrounds but who now work in many areas of public health. The UKPHR standards have been developed to create a regulatory framework for public health practitioners who are currently unregistered.
Successful completion of K311 will enable you to meet most of the knowledge requirements of the standards (see the UKPHR website). Further details will be found on the website when you start the module.
For registered nurses, K311 forms 50 per cent of the study required for the public health pathway to the BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice. The remaining 50 per cent of study required is Exploring practice (KYN316), that enables you to use your learning from K311 to carry out a practice-related public health project. The module is mapped against the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) standards of proficiency for entry to specialist community public health nursing.
If you successfully complete K311, you can claim a Certificate in Promoting Public Health provided you are not registered for another qualification. K311 meets most of the UKPHR standards for public health practitioners, which are drawn from the Public Health Skills and Career Framework, the Knowledge and Skills Framework for the NHS and the National Occupational standards for Public Health. See the UK Public Health Register website for further information about these standards.