Module 1: Public Health Fundamentals and Population Health

Principal module aims

This Master of Public Health module will give students a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the practice of public health covering disease prevention, health protection and health promotion.

Learning outcomes

Successful completion of the module for our Masters in Public Health online course leads to the learning outcomes. The learning outcomes identify the knowledge, skills and attributes developed by the module, which in turn are mapped to the knowledge, cognitive and practical academic principles of the overall programme.

Through critical appraisal of literature, verbal and written discussion and debate with lecturers and peers, and submission of assessments; students should, upon successful completion of the module, be able to:

1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of methods in the practice of public health; including disease prevention, health protection, communicable disease control, vaccination and screening.

2. Demonstrate a systematic critique of the national and international context and current issues of public health and health care policy.

3. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of key health protection topics, including environmental health and communicable disease control.

4. Prepare public health protocols and policy documents.

5. Demonstrate how methods of practice in disease prevention relate to health promotion approaches.

Teaching Topics

Week 1  Understanding public, population and personal health

Week 2  Global burden of disease

Week 3  Environmental health (climate change, sustainability)

Week 4  Communicable disease control

Week 5  Introduction to public health policy

Week 6  Public health action (local, grassroots, national, international, harm reduction)


Part A: Presentation related to the burden and control of a given disease (30%)


Part B: A 2,000-word evidence-based essay on a topic related to health protection (70%)