Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Health Protection

Module titleHealth Protection
Module codeHPDM124
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

Health Protection has received an increased profile in recent years often needing to be dynamic and responsive to the evolving health needs of the population.  It is a versatile field of study and practice which brings together specialist knowledge and skills from a broad range of specialities and disciplines team including PHE, environmental health departments, hospital microbiologists and infection and prevention control teams, GPs, community specialists and educational institutions. Their collective aim is to prevent and reduce the impact of infectious diseases, hazards, and major emergencies. They achieve this through the surveillance and monitoring of infectious diseases, strategic health protection work, emergency planning and operational support which includes education and training.

In this module you can expect to explore the core principles of health protection and how to apply them in a practical setting with the aim of laying, or building upon, a solid foundation of specialist knowledge and skill. Teaching and learning will be a two way process, in which we will learn from each other and through this group participation we will strive to make your learning both more productive enjoyable. The course tutor will bring current, emerging and important health protection issues to the course as a hot topic, as it is these topics, discussed in real time, that will significantly enhance the learning and understanding of how we manage such events and incidents in real time.

The course content will serve as a refresher as well as a primer for new practitioners; it is useful at all levels (Consultant to Health Protection Practitioners).

Face-to-face scheduled lectures may be replaced by pre-recorded overview lectures, with learning consolidated by self-directed learning resources and ELE activities.

Workshops involving face-to-face classroom teaching may be replaced by synchronous sessions on Teams/Zoom.

Module aims - intentions of the module

At the end of the course  you will be expected to be able to:


  • Understand the underlying principles of Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control as well as planning for and responding to emerging threats, emerging infections and environmental incidents.
  • Understand the principles of immunisation, surveillance and emergency planning
  • Learn how to apply knowledge and science to work out course of actions for health emergencies.
  • Understand the importance of collaboration with partners and communicating risks.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Critically appraise and demonstrate the ability to apply the key principles and concepts of health protection and Communicable Disease Control
  • 2. Analyse and critique the use and of immunisation, surveillance and emergency planning in Public Health Practice

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 3. Articulate contemporary debates around planning for and responding to emerging threats, infectious outbreaks and environmental incidents.

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 4. Demonstrate a professional ability to present an balanced and evidence-based stance in optimising a response to health emergencies.
  • 5. Work collaboratively with partners enabling empowerment delegation supporting a shared understanding and communication of risk.

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:


  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. Their mode of transmission, infectiousness and control strategies. 
  • The science behind vaccine preventable diseases. Why immunization works and saves lives.    
  • The art and science of infection prevention and control
  • Data collection and timely actions; Principles of surveillance Global Health and current advances in HIV, control and management
  • Emerging Infections, zoonosis and the interplay between animals and humans
  • Legionella: Epidemiology, medicolegal issues, discussion workshop
  • Outbreaks: Art and craft of outbreak management
  • Outbreak management
  • Introduction to health emergency planning
  • Common Infectious diseases and their public health actions. 
  • Hepatitis/Management/Epidemiology/Prevention
  • Collaboration with partners and communicating risk 
  • Global Health, Global Warming, Planetary Health
  • Epidemics and Pandemics
  • Tuberculosis as a marker for global health, advances in its control and screening. 

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 and teaching activities20Delivered over 4 full days, each with 5 hours interactive student seminar sessions, including lecture, workshop-oriented activities lectures, table top exercises, group discussions and problem based learning.
Guided Independent Study90Session preparation and follow up work utilising resources provided on ELE
Guided Independent Study40Reading and assignment preparation


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Reading and assignment preparationEach taught session1-5Facilitator and peer feedback in class

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
Health Protection Report 1002500 words1-5Written


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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Health Protection Report (100%)Health Protection Report (2500 words)1-5Typically within six weeks of the result

Re-assessment notes

Please refer to the TQA section on Referral/Deferral:


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Web based and electronic resources:

The PHE website (


The UK Government website


The Welsh devolved administration website


The Scottish devolved administration website


The Faculty of Public Health website


The WHO website (


European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (


Centers for Disease Control (


The Green Book (

Key words search

Human health, environment, health, public health, global health, environmental change, one health, policy.

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites


Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


Origin date

Feb 2020

Last revision date