Module details for Public Health


Public Health


The aim of this Module is to ensure students understand the broader public health context of their professional role and are able to work effectively with the public health agenda.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Evaluate the implications of current health policy and future policy changes for health and healthcare and understand the impact of policy changes on the delivery and co-ordination of care.

2.  Apply knowledge of epidemiology, demography, genomics and the wider determinants of health, illness and wellbeing to an understanding of global patterns of health and wellbeing outcomes.

3.  Explain the ways that public health approaches promote health and prevent ill health across a range of populations.

4.  Understand the role of quantitative and qualitative research providing evidence for public health interventions and actions.

Indicative Content

1 Policy:

Health policy, resource allocation, health outcomes, cost effectiveness and models of care provision in Scotland and beyond. Health economics and the political context of health care.

2 Determinants of health

Salutogenesis, influences on health and well-being including the social and structural determinants of health. Epidemiology, demography, genomics and the wider determinants of health, illness and wellbeing in a global context. The role of the state, the health and social care provider and the individual.

3 Public health priorities in mental health:

Examining the evidence base for public health issues and how priorities are addressed e.g. suicidality and self-harm, smoking cessation, weight management, substance use and addictions, sexual health and screening.

4 Health promotion and people with complex needs across the lifespan:

Models of health promotion. Principles of pathogenesis, immunology and the evidence base for immunisation, vaccination and herd immunity. Early intervention, working with people with co-morbidity. Health promotion across the lifespan – neonatal to end of life.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 6
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 140
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.