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Postgraduate Course: Public health approaches to declining health, dying and bereavement (PUHR11083)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to develop students' critical understanding and applied knowledge of public health approaches to improving people's experiences of declining health, dying and bereavement. Structured over five weeks, it explores the factors that impact on people's experiences of declining health, dying and bereavement, introduces emerging conceptual approaches to understanding and analysing these issues and uses the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion to structure responses and action.
Course description This is a 10-credit course delivered entirely online over a period of 5 weeks.
Week 1 looks at how declining health, dying and bereavement are experienced today, exploring how and why this is changing and how and why this differs between international contexts. Students will draw on a Scottish case study and will apply this to reflect on and analyse these issues in their own contexts.
Week 2 introduces and critiques emerging conceptual and theoretical public health approaches to analysing and improving the way people experience declining health, dying and bereavement.
Weeks 3 - 5 are structured on the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion framework for action. Using case study examples, students critically reflect on a range of approaches and interventions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs As this is an online course, students will be responsible for meeting the cost of their own computer and Internet access.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
Feedback Students will be given formative feedback (peer and tutor) throughout the course on the discussion boards. They will also receive peer and tutor feedback on specific activities early in the course, in time for this to be useful for the summative assessment. Feedback on the summative assessment will cover topic-specific but also generic academic skills which will be useful for future courses.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have a critical understanding of the theory, principles and concepts of public health approaches to improving people's experiences of declining health, death, dying and bereavement.
  2. apply these principles in order to analyse relevant issues in a specified context
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course focuses on two graduate attributes:
Research and enquiry: in this course (and elsewhere throughout the programme) students will be encouraged and supported to research weekly topics and themes in their own context.
Personal and intellectual autonomy: again, throughout the programme students are encouraged and supported to reflect on the course content in their own context, to combine new knowledge with what they already know and to develop their own academic voice.
Keywordsdeath,dying,bereavement,public health,health promotion
Course organiserDr Neneh Rowa-Dewar
Tel: (0131 6)50 9249
Course secretaryMs Rebecca Sewell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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