Public Health Practice

In this module, you will be introduced to core concepts in public health. The module will provide you with a grounding in key theories, principles and methods in public health today.

Key facts

  • Module codeNURP021
  • Start date 25 Sep 2023 Applications will open in June 2023.
  • Application deadline11 Sep 2023
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Days on campusNone
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees Home: £1167, Overseas: £1167
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


Public health is what we do as a society or prevent disease, promote health and prolong life, and recent events have reminded us of its central role in all our lives.

In this module, you will be introduced to core concepts in public health. The module will provide you with a grounding in key theories, principles and methods in public health today, alongside up-to-date evidence for the current state of health across the globe.

You will explore:

  • National and international mental and physical health challenges
  • Population health versus public health
  • Determinants of health and health inequalities
  • Design and evaluation of public health interventions

The module is suitable for both novice and experienced public health practitioners or those looking to work in this area, and is taught by experienced researchers in public health and public health policy.

Entrance requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent in any subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.


The learning outcomes of this module are:

LO1: Summarise the key theories and principles within public health

L02: Critically reflect on the evidence for the various health outcomes and determinants of health across the lifecourse

LO3: Synthesise and critically apply research evidence to the design of complex public health interventions

LO4: Critically examine different evaluation methods for complex interventions

LO5: Critically appraise the evidence used to develop national and international public health policies and programmes

Structure and content

You will be expected to participate in online discussions/problem solving sessions. Students access electronic learning resources such as podcasts.

Students will be introduced to concepts including, but not limited to, the current physical and mental health burden across various countries, population health vs. public health, the determinants of health and health inequalities, and the design and evaluation of public health interventions.

Indicative content:

  • Key principles of public health
  • Public health approaches (e.g. epidemiology, surveillance, evaluation etc)
  • Physical and mental health and multimorbidity
  • Determinants of health; Health across the lifecourse
  • Design and evaluation of complex interventions
  • Evidence hierarchies and evidence-based public health policy

Delivery and assessment

The module will be delivered using a range of on-line approaches including: pre-recorded lectures, webinars, reading, quizzes, discussion boards, group work, student presentations.

To pass the module you must pass both assessments A1 (short answer exam) and A2 (essay) with at least 50% for each.

Module coordinator

Agi McFarland


The module will help you develop an understanding of current public health priorities and areas of work which will be directly applicable to the working environment, either within policy, practice or research settings.

The majority of our students are already working in health or social care prior to commencement and remain employed throughout the duration of their studies.

Our students develop a wide range of transferable skills during their study that make them attractive to other employers e.g.

  • team working;
  • IT skills;
  • literature searching;
  • critical appraisal;
  • presentation skills;
  • writing and data analysis.

What next?

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