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Contemporary issues in the context of public health MSc/PG Dip

This module is a core module for both health visitors and school nurses undertaking the SCPHN programme. However it is available for nursing professionals wishing to gain a greater understanding of public health issues.

The aim of the module is to enable the student to critically examine the impact of contemporary issues on specialist community public health nursing and to further develop systematic skills in partnership working exploring various professional roles, gaining in depth knowledge necessary to promote and improve health for individuals, families and communities. The broad content of the module will include; 

  • Public Health; International, national and local 
  • Epidemiology; surveillance 
  • Screening methods; Lifestyles, health and wellbeing 
  • Communicable diseases 
  • Health needs assessment and community profiling 
  • Models and concepts of health promotion and Public health 
  • Identification of resources to improve health and well being 
  • Health inequalities 
  • Social policy and interpretation; skills to evaluate policy 
  • Understanding policy and national targets to improve health 
  • Social Capital/social marketing 

Entry criteria

  • Effective registration with appropriate professional statutory regulatory body
  • Ability to study to degree level (120 credits level 4/5)
  • Evidence of recent study
    (If accessing the module at level 7, 2:2 degree or above required)


How to apply

Online Application Forms and Guidance Information


Key information

Module Category: SCPH
Module Code: 5000
Module Credits: 30
Module Level: 7

Module leader

Dawn Loman
T: 0116 201 3813


Semester 1: 2017

This module runs once per academic year.

  • 09.00-13.00 Tuesday 03 October 
  • 09.00-13.00 Tuesday 10 October 
  • 09.00-13.00 Tuesday 17 October 
  • 09.00-13.00 Tuesday 24 October
  • 09.00-13.00 Tuesday 31 October
  • 09.00-13.00 Tuesday 07 November 
  • 09.00-13.00 Tuesday 14 November
  • 09.00-13.00 Tuesday 21 November
  • 09.00-13.00 Tuesday 28 November
  • 09.00-13.00 Tuesday 05 December                                  
  • 09.00-13.00 Tuesday 12 December

Return to study

This is a Msc level module in which you will be expected to produce assessed work at masters standard. You will need to have studied at degree level in order to access this level of learning.


Learning Beyond Registration contract