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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Public Health (PUHR11082)

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 is the first course that students enrolled on the Master of Public Health (online) programme will take. It will introduce students to the principles, concepts and values that underlie a public health approach to protecting and improving the health of populations, with an emphasis on evidence-based approaches.
Course description This course is a five week course, taught entirely online. Students will work individually and in groups, interacting via asynchronous discussion boards. As well as introducing students to the basic principles, concepts, values and approaches involved in public health practice and research, the course aims to equip students with the academic skills to be successful online and lifelong learners.
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 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
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) Written exam 0%; Coursework 100%; Practical exam 0%
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 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 concepts and ethical principles that underlie a public health approach to protecting and improving the health of populations
  2. Be able to critically apply selected public health methodologies and academic enquiry techniques to specific public health problems
  3. Reflect critically on their own values, knowledge, skills, practices and thinking and set personal learning goals for the programme
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course touches on all 7 UoE graduate attributes but the two that are most emphasised are:
Enquiry and lifelong learning: Public health is about identifying problems and developing plans to bring about positive change. This course seeks to inspire students to seek personal and academic learning that makes a positive difference to themselves and to the world around them, inspired by their exposure to world-leading research.
Aspiration and personal development: as this is the first MPH course that students will undertake, they will be completing a personal learning plan to help guide them through the programme.
KeywordsPublic Health,Socical determinants of health
Course organiserMs Nynke Halbesma
Tel: (0131 6)51 7868
Course secretaryMiss Lucy Courage
Tel: (0131 6)51 7111
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