Public Health, Inequality and Associated Vulnerability - Level 7 - 7NU507

About this module

Public health is everybody's business and this module is for nurses and other health care professionals who wish to study public health with a focus on the social determinants of health and vulnerable populations.

The focus of the module content will be on the affect of the social determinants of health on populations with emphasis on those from disadvantaged backgrounds or people who are vulnerable.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

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Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Course code: - Module code: 7NU507

Start dates are usually: September

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

  • The module will commence with an overview of the recent (1800-present) history of public health in the UK with particular reference to specialist nursing practice and current public health debate.
  • Definitions and meanings of Health, Need, Public Health, Vulnerability and Health Promotion will be presented and analysed.
  • The essential principles and elements of public health will considered.
  • Medical, socio-economic and biophsycosocial determinants of health and their effects on communities and vulnerable people will be discussed.
  • The inequalities agenda and approaches to tackle inequalities in relation to past and present policy will be considered.
  • In an introduction to demography and epidemiology, public health information and its sources and uses will be considered in addition to an introduction to the uses of epidemiology and frequency measures of health outcomes in demography and epidemiology.
  • In considering approaches to health needs assessment and community profiling strengths and limitations will be discussed and data collection to assess community health need.
  • Health improvement interventions for communities and those with vulnerability will be considered.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study this course via on campus learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992

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For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703