Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Population and Public Health

Module titlePopulation and Public Health
Module codeHPDM067
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Dr Bharat Pankhania (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Population and public health acknowledges there are socio-economic and other determinants of health and disease. With intervention, much can be done to support patients in reducing their risk of ill-health. This module will enable you to explore these determinants and to consider the interventions that can be implemented at an individual and societal level. You will cover communications techniques that promote patient education, activation and self-care. In addition, you will cover the relevant clinical assessment and management options that can be offered in practice.
This module is relevant to healthcare practitioners who wish to engage patients or develop services in population and public health.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to develop knowledge and skills for delivering on public health agendas. Although we all know that ‘prevention is better than cure’, living a heathy lifestyle can be challenging. Therefore, as practitioners we need to ensure that every contact counts and that we take opportunities to screen, offer and engage patients in relevant health care services. This module will cover a variety of conditions e.g. smoking cessation, obesity management, substance misuse, sexual health etc. that are commonly seen in practice. You will develop your competence and confidence for approach these areas with patients so that effective partnerships can be formed and healthcare outcomes improved.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Assess the risk of patients’ lifestyle choices and situations that are detrimental (or may be detrimental) to their health
  • 2. Use evidence-based knowledge and skills to consider options and interventions that may be offered to patients to promote health and wellbeing

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Engage patients to self-care and adopt healthy lifestyles by using communication techniques
  • 4. Use pharmacology knowledge in the public health related services

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Use communication techniques that promote effective relationships with patients
  • 6. Use local and national resources in implement clinical practice

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:

• Socio-economic and wider determinants of health and disease
• Introduction to public health agencies
• Promotion of healthy living by education, encouraging self-care and behaviour change
• Sexual health advice, screening and treatment
• Optimal ways to engage patient to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
• Management of smoking cessation, mental health issues and substance misuse
• Principles and practice of vaccination services


To ensure flexibility and resilience over the coming academic year, the following changes may be made to the module if needed:

-          Face-to-face scheduled lectures may be replaced by short pre-recorded videos for each topic (15-20 minutes) and/or brief overview lectures delivered via MS Teams/Zoom, with learning consolidated by self-directed learning resources and ELE activities.

-          Small-group discussion in tutorials and seminars may be replaced by synchronous group discussion on Teams/ Zoom; or asynchronous online discussion, for example via Yammer or ELE Discussion board.

-          Workshops involving face-to-face classroom teaching may be replaced by synchronous sessions on Teams/Zoom; or Asynchronous workshop activities supported with discussion forum.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities12Lead lectures, seminars, presentations and discussion groups
Guided independent study30E-learning. Pre and post-course online activities
Guided independent study24Workplace learning. Engaging and reflecting on clinical practice
Guided independent study44Independent study
Guided independent study40Assignment preparation. Portfolio research and writing


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research poster50A3 poster 400 words1-6Written
Patient facing poster, plus referenced rationale50A3 poster 200 words, rationale 200 words (400 words in total)1-6Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research poster (50%)Research poster (400 words)1-6Typically within six weeks of the result
Patient facing poster, plus referenced rationale (50%)Patient facing poster plus rationale (400 words in total)1-6Typically within six weeks of the result

Re-assessment notes

In the event of referral, students should submit a revised version of their original submission, taking into account marker’s feedback.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Public Health and Epidemiology at a Glance Paperback - 5 Aug 2016 by Margaret Somerville et al.

Foundations for Health Promotion. (Public Health and Health Promotion) Paperback – 14 Apr 2016
by Jennie Naidoo et al.
Psychology and Sociology Applied to Medicine: An Illustrated Colour Text, – 16 Apr 2009
by Beth Alder et al
Sexual and Reproductive Health at a Glance Paperback – 25 Sep 2015 by Catriona Melville

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

TARGET (Treat Antibiotics Responsibly, Guidance, Education, Tools) Antibiotic Toolkit 

NHS Patient support for losing weight 

Assessing and preventing cardiovascular disease


Immunisations against infectious disease

Module has an active ELE page

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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