Global Public Health Challenges in the 21st Century
This is an introduction to the broad topic of global health considering reducing inequalities in health; disease prevention and health promotion; health protection issues around infectious disease, environmental hazards and disease outbreaks; cooperation between different sectors of society; community participation; primary health care; and international cooperation.
Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health
On this unit, you'll develop an understanding of causes and prevention of disease and the importance of factors associated with outcomes; interpreting measures of disease prevalence, incidence, and of effect; distinguishing between associations and causal relationships; basic concepts, definitions, and methods of epidemiological research and its global utility; use of appropriate measures for different hypotheses, study designs, or populations; role of surveillance systems (spatial and temporal) in public health; theoretical and practical knowledge of commonly applied statistical analyses within public health and epidemiology; and how to select, apply and interpret regression models to carry out studies in public health science with epidemiological data using appropriate statistics software.
Sociological Methods for Public Health
This unit gives you an introduction to the increasing involvement and importance of sociological methods in developing and administering public health interventions. This module will examine the importance to public health science of perceptions of risk, vulnerability and responsibility for illness and health care; preventative health and harm reduction practices; the experience of illness and the social relations of sickness; the cultural and historical conditions shaping public health policies and practice; and the political economy of disease and health care provision.
Evidence-based Public Health and Health Promotion
This is an introduction to how evidence-based public health relates to evaluating needs for new or improved programs or practice; identifying the best available evidence on programmes and practices that potentially meet needs; collecting the best available information on appropriate programmes and practice; selecting programmes that fit together with community and population needs and values; and evaluating the impact on health and well-being of putting selected programmes into practice.
International Health Systems and Policy
This unit allows you to develop an understanding of how societies organise themselves in achieving collective health goals, how different agencies interact in the policy and implementation processes to contribute to policy outcomes and the ways in which health policies can shape, and be shaped by, health systems and the broader determinants of health.
This is an independent research project providing an in depth examination of a chosen area of global public health carried out from May to September under supervision. The area of research should align to a pertinent and current academic area of public health research and consider the interconnected global dimension(s).