Principal module aims
The module will give students a thorough theoretical grounding in the sociology of health, illness, health policy and the social determinants of health and of health inequalities.
By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate:
· A comprehensive knowledge of the current debate on the principal determinants of health and health inequalities.
· An advanced and critical understanding of sociological concepts of health and illness.
· An ability to use critical appraisal skills to interpret qualitative studies.
· An ability to evaluate and use different sources of evidence appropriately when applied to health policies.
Successful completion of this Masters In Public Health course module 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 learning objectives 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. Explain the principal determinants of health and health inequalities.
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of sociological concepts of health and illness.
3. Apply critical appraisal skills to interpret qualitative studies.
4. Evaluate and use different sources of evidence appropriately when applied to health policies.
Demonstrate the relationship between health promotion and social determinants of health.
Week 1 Social determinants of health
Week 2 Health inequalities (financial, societal, race & ethnicity, disability, gender)
Week 3 Key concepts of social research methodology
Week 4 Impact of political policy on health
Week 5 Impact of behaviour and psychology on health
Week 6 Health infrastructure and impact on societies
A 4,000-word evidence-based case study on a topic related to the influence of society and politics on health (100%)