Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 2-3 years

UK fee

£10,215 (2021/22)

International fee

£10,215 (2021/22)

Course level

Postgraduate

Start date

September

Location

Online

Online course description

If you’re a public health worker, such as a community nurse, environmental health practitioner, health promotion officer, community health worker, or if you have a medical or health background, this course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a public health practitioner who can lead, develop, and evaluate public health projects in a multi-disciplinary environment.

This course is ideal if you’re working in public health and wish to improve your skills, and broaden your knowledge in ways that provide you with more autonomy and expertise in public health practice.

Goldstandard teaching**Teaching Excellence Framework

Global perspectives

The course is structured to allow knowledge transfer between home and overseas students, enabling you to benefit from best practice from all over the world. You’ll study the underlying causes, mechanisms and potential public health intervention strategies aimed at reducing health inequalities.

Elements of the course have a global perspective, so you’ll get to study global, environmental and public health issues to gain an international perspective. If you’re an international student you’ll be able to study topics that are directly relevant to your native country, as well as looking at UK specific issues.

Experienced teaching team

Our teaching team are friendly, approachable, and include public health specialists, environmental health practitioners, biomedical scientists, and psychologists. They will provide you with a broad perspective on public health issues that is firmly based in practice through case studies.

Public health specialists may mentor and support you throughout the course and research opportunities with the public health team may be available.

What you will study

This is a practical course with a focus on case studies, scenarios and practice in the community run in partnership with the public health team at Derby City Council.

You will have the opportunity to learn using our state of the art facilities including our Interactive Immersive Simulation Suite that creates a real life environment for students allowing the application of theory to practice in a safe space forging critical discussion as a way to move forward.

Note that it does not provide readiness for the Faculty of Public Health examination (Part A).

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

All online students will complete a compulsory induction programme that includes study skills, a history of public health and the functionality of the National Health Service. The induction will also cover the Programme Handbook contents and their meaning; an introduction to the systems used on the course and within the University; information about the compulsory elements of the course and turnaround times for assignments; and a session for the introduction of and between students and staff and for peer experience and discussion.

To complete this degree you will need to study a total of 60 credits at each award stage, totalling 180 credits to achieve the full MSc.

Postgraduate CertificatePostgraduate CertificatePostgraduate DiplomaPostgraduate DiplomaMastersMasters

Code: 7NU566

Public Health and Health Improvement

Within this module you will explore public health and health improvement theory and apply these principles to your role. Key concepts of epidemiology, demography and community profiling will be examined and be related to a chosen population. By examining your population’s needs you will be able to identify health determinants and inequalities and relate these to ethical, legal and professional frameworks. Consequently health improvement activities for health improvement can be recommended or developed in your area of practice.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7NU575

Critical Appraisal and Research Skills in Health

Fundamental to providing high quality health care practice is the knowledge and ability to utilise research to ensure practice is based on the best available evidence. This module is designed to enable you to explore a range of current and contemporary research methodologies and their application to public health research as a Practice Based Learning (PBL) group. Your group will be presented with a current Public Health issue to work through together. It will also include development of a critical approach to the evaluation of the evidence which supports the delivery of practice in health care settings, enabling practice development to arise from a questioning and reflexive approach to the application of evidence.

The focus of this module is to enable the development of a critical understanding of relevant research methodologies, research design and the key issues within evidence-based practice, promoting effectiveness and excellence in the practice environment. It has relevance for all health care professionals interested in research; both using research within your practice environment and in ensuring a robust and valuable evidence base for effective patient care. Also, it will provide an important grounding in the essential elements of research methodologies and design in preparation for future involvement in research.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically debate relevant research approaches and methodologies in the context of the identified Public Health issue.
  • Critically evaluate the key elements in providing, implementing and evaluating an evidence base and its contribution to the advancement of Public Health practice.

Module content

  • research methodologies applicable to the health care environment
  • research design and management in health care settings
  • mixed methods, qualitative and quantitative research approaches
  • systematic reviews
  • research methods
  • ethical issues in research
  • forms of evidence within health care
  • development and evaluation of clinical guidelines
  • implementation of research in practice
  • critical evaluation of evidence
  • dissemination of evidence in practice
More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7NU506

Principles of Long Term Condition Management

Healthcare is going to look very different over the next 15 years due to an ageing population; changing patterns of health and disease; the shift to delivery of more care in community settings; advances in care and treatment; and advances in technology to name but a few. It is with this in mind that this module will provide you the practitioner with the necessary skills and knowledge to empower patients in the management of their condition. It will enable you the practitioner to engage with social, political and economic factors that challenge and support new ways of working.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of the practitioner in the management of specific long term conditions and the challenges which arise from the promotion of self-care in this field
  2. Demonstrate understanding of progression of the identified chronic condition by interpretation of clinical data, to support the treatment of disease processes. Critically evaluate regimes initiated as a result of data received
  3. Through evidence of multi-agency working in practice, critically analyse the current and future management of long term conditions.

Module content

  • Principles of supportive self-care
  • Behaviour Change Management
  • Clinical Governance
  • Collaborative and new ways of working
  • Concordance and client empowerment
  • Diagnostic Interpretation of Clinical Data
  • Pathophysiology of chronic conditions
  • Public Health & Health Promotion
  • Medicines Management
  • Scope of Practice
  • Self-management
  • Assessment of the Systems
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU512

Introduction to Health Promotion

The importance of health promotion is vital to the welfare of individuals, families, communities and populations. Since the Ottawa declaration (WHO, 1986) there has been debate around the theory and practice of improving health and the debate surrounding the theoretical and practical approaches to this are ongoing. Current issues in the UK context concerning the health of the public include a range of determinants of health from lifestyle issues such as obesity and smoking as well as issues concerned with the society in which we live; housing and low income for example. Some of these concepts are mirrored to a global context.

All health professionals have a requirement to promote health and this module allows you to critically analyse what health and health promotion are and evaluate differing approaches to improving health, from those taking an individual perspective to those taking a community development approach or a population level intervention. The evaluation of health promoting activities will be examined and the social and political barriers to improving the health of the public analysed.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the meaning of health and health promotion within the framework of current health policy
  2. Critically evaluate approaches and models of health promotion and health improvement and strategies for their evaluation
  3. Develop and analyse a plan for improving the health of an individual, family or community and critically analyse the barriers to implementation.

Module content

  • The recent historical background of the health promotion movement and its relevance to current debates in a UK context
  • Definitions and meanings of Health, Health Promotion and Health Improvement within the current policy context
  • Socio-medico determinants of health
  • The relevance of the World Health Organisation and its impact on the development of health promotion
  • Models of health promotion
  • Approaches to health promotion in terms of the individual, the family and the community
  • Barriers to promoting health with the individual, the family and the community
  • Approaches to evaluating health promotion programmes will occur
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU524

Mental Health and Illness Assessment

It is widely recognised that, despite new initiatives and strategies to support them, many of the most vulnerable people in society become victims of neglect, abuse and isolation. The module will focus upon the issues and problems related to the physical and mental health of vulnerable individuals in society, with the aim of developing the practitioner’s skills in assessment, support and management.

The module will provide general principles of assessment, support and management to avoid crisis situations, and allow the student to select the focus of the assignment which is most appropriate to their practice. In practice situations, students will have the opportunity to critically examine and evaluate appropriate tools for managing critical situations, to enable them to make clinical judgments about the degree of individual safety and well-being.

Students will be assisted in developing their recognition of physical, social and psychological cues, and encouraged to examine the challenges and benefits of multidisciplinary and multi-agency working to meet the needs of the individual within a population context.

More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU537

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice

The current policy agenda and developing culture in health care increasingly encourage the exposure and debate of ethical and legal issues. The development of mechanisms for ethical review within the machinery of Clinical Governance, and the changes in ethical governance of professions have highlighted the importance of ethical issues and are contributing to a culture of more open discussion.

In an increasingly litigious culture, the interface between health care and law is also becoming increasingly important. Professional practitioners need to be able to engage with these issues in a coherent and confident way. Such issues arise at all levels, policy, organisation, team and individual patient care, and the module programme also seeks to address all these levels. This module will assist you the practitioner to recognise and engage with these issues by application of the principles to the practice situation.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse ethical and legal issues relevant to health care practice and policy, incorporating critical application of selected theoretical perspectives relevant to ethics in health
  2. Understand and apply relevant ethical arguments and legal perspectives to a specific practice situation

Module content

  • Theories of ethics
  • Professional & Interprofessional ethics
  • Legal principles relevant to health care
  • Autonomy, consent and confidentiality
  • Duty of Care
  • Quality of life
  • Decisions at the beginning and end of life
  • Rationing of health care
  • Organisations in health care
  • Professional standards and guidance
  • Policy, Legal frameworks
  • Managing change
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU549

Social Consequences of Dementia Care

Recognition of the trajectory of the disease and the challenges associated with assisting people to maintain as much independence as possible, through the stages of dementia, is a key focus of a modern health and social care system. The module aims to develop skills required of you as an advanced practitioner capable of autonomous working within your practice setting. You will build on your understanding of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, differentiate between approaches and models of care, understand the barrier to the maintenance of personhood and apply evidence to practice appropriate to your health or social care context.

This module is suitable for a range of staff from health and social care settings such as adult nurses, mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, but also including those who work in nursing homes and community settings, those who provide integrated services, Prison services and care for people with a diagnosis of dementia.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the context of health and social care initiatives in dementia care (locally, nationally and internationally)
  2. Critically analyse barriers to maintaining personhood
  3. Critically reflect on your own effectiveness in developing a service improvement project/initiative

Module content

  • Models of Reflection
  • Communication and Compassion
  • Introduction to Dementia, diagnosis trajectory and treatment.
  • Different approaches (Bio-Medical explanations of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, social model of disability
  • Understanding Dementia from a socio-cultural perspective/ psychological perspective
  • Factors influencing a loss of personhood
  • The impact of stigma and attitudes towards individuals, their families and care givers
  • Different models of care (person-centered care/ recovery model)
  • The role of the professional in developing and applying best practice standards and the application of evidence and research
  • Consider the measures of control and release of control over the quality of life
  • Maintaining Independence
  • Self-determination
  • Right to life
  • Government legislation eg, Mental Capacity Act (2005) European Union charter of fundamental rights (2013)
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU564

Leading for Quality

This module is designed for, specialist advanced, or senior health professionals intending to lead and deliver high quality services within contemporary health care settings. The aim is to apply essential leadership and management principles to inform and assure the safe and effective delivery of services to meet the needs of the practitioner’s identified area of practice. Leadership theories along with change and quality management will be applied in the context of professional accountability and effective multi-agency, multi-professional working. It embeds leadership within the context of regulatory, professional, legal and policy frameworks.

Module learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
  2. Critically employ clinical governance mechanisms to manage risk and care quality in your area of professional / specialist practice
  3. Evaluate and critique selected leadership approaches to encourage collaborative, multi-disciplinary patient-centred care, contributing to team, staff and self-development
  4. Critically appraise policy, data and current practice to inform a proposed quality improvement, advocating for effective use of resources.

Module content

  • Governance frameworks, quality assurance; risk management
  • Professional accountability for: delegation, care quality, managing teams, poor performance and conflict
  • Key leadership theories and styles
  • Operational Management
  • Team building; skills analysis; skill mix; professional and competence frameworks; clinical supervision
  • Self-evaluation; Self-assessment, self-awareness and critical reflection; Developing resilience
  • Service evaluation strategies; change management
  • Policy, ethics and legislation
  • Quality improvement, advancing innovative practice, measuring improvement
  • Communication, collaborative working, multi-agency, inter-professional communication and networks
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU572

Health Economics

This module will explore the data that can be utilised in health service planning and evaluation, together with the basic principles of health economics and how these can be utilised in the decision making process. The role of economic evaluation and priority setting in health care decision making will be investigated. The module will go on to examine the different approaches to the assessment of health care needs and the evaluation of health and health care. There will be a particular emphasis on the funding of health care systems nationally and internationally.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the methods used to economically evaluate health care provision.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of heath economics assessment within health care systems.
  3. Critically compare the different approaches to the provision of health care

Module content

  • Principles of health economics
  • Behaviours affecting health
  • The value of health
  • The commissioning and funding of health care services, equity, efficiency and allocation
  • Different methods of economic appraisal including discounting and sensitivity analysis
  • The application of economic ideas to health such as scarcity, demand and supply, incentives, insurance and health care finance
  • The principles of financial resource allocation and health care priority setting. Decision analysis
  • The health economic foundations for building health policies for example National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence assessments.
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU573

Healthy Lives, Healthy Lifestyles

This module introduces you to the key elements of assessment required to prioritise need and support vulnerable communities and populations. The module will give you the necessary information to be able to utilise appropriate assessment tools, from an action plan facilitate the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the process of assessment and the actions taken to sustain and or improve health, taking in to account recommendations for future practice
  2. Critically examine an identified health need for a chosen stage of the life span and explore the effects this may have upon their development and the wider community they live in.

Module content

  • Ethics, policy, legislation
  • Overview of life stages
  • Vulnerability
  • Assessment tools
  • Behaviour change
  • Health protection, community capacity
  • Healthy Body
  • Healthy Mind
  • Immunisation
  • Social Media/Safety
  • Support mechanisms
  • Safeguarding children and young people and adults
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU574

Psychological Approaches to Behaviour Change

Understanding the complex interplay between psychological, biological, environmental, social and political factors that influence health is a necessary skill for public health practitioners. The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of a range of psychological factors that may influence health behaviour and behaviour change and how these can be utilised, alongside other considerations, in the design and implementation of behaviour change interventions. The module will also provide the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully to evaluate behaviour change interventions.

Module learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
  2. Critically evaluate the role of psychological factors in understanding health behaviour
  3. Apply psychological theory to the design and development of an intervention to modify specific health related behaviour

Module content

The module will include learning material covering the following areas:

  • Public health priorities
  • Antecedents of behaviour
  • Behaviour change models and approaches
  • Behaviour change techniques
  • Behavioural insights
  • Design and evaluation of behaviour change interventions
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU609

Global Environmental and Public Health Issues

This module will look at Environmental and Public Health issues in a global context. It will explore some of the major environmental and public health stressors that affect people in developing countries and look at examples of good practice, through case studies, of ways in which these stressors can be eliminated, controlled or mitigated.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Through collaborative working, demonstrate a critical understanding of the main environmental health and public health stressors that face developing countries
  2. Critically evaluate examples of good practice that can be used to control, mitigate or eliminate the impacts of these stressors

Module content

  1. An introduction to the epidemiology of communicable diseases and the ways in which the burden of disease can be compared and evaluated between different countries
  2. A critical evaluation of the main diseases spread by poor sanitation and contamination of drinking water. For example cholera, schistosomiasis, food poisoning, dysentery, etc
  3. A critical evaluation of the main vector borne diseases including malaria, DHF, African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, filariasis, Chagas Disease
  4. The impact of pneumonia on the health of children in developing countries
  5. An evaluation of the worldwide spread of HIV/AIDS and it’s impact on the human population
  6. An evaluation of the worldwide spread of TB and it’s impact on the human population
  7. The WHO neglected tropical disease strategy
  8. Consideration of the approaches that have been successful in reducing the impact of the above diseases through a series of case studies
  9. Global extreme weather changes - effects of global warming & extreme heat, extreme wet weather, cold and drought
  10. Impacts of migration and urbanisation
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7EV538

Epidemiology and Statistics

Knowledge and understanding of epidemiological methods, statistics and qualitative research are essential for public health practice and research. This module will cover the strengths and weaknesses of design, methods and analysis required for public health research including concepts such as validity, reliability, causation, ethics, confounding and bias. It will also familiarise you with a range of analyses, both qualitative and quantitative applicable to research in public health.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main techniques used to investigate the epidemiology of key causes of death and ill health
  • Identify, interpret and discuss public health research study designs to address the health of the population
  • Demonstrate the ability to select, perform, interpret and report analyses appropriate to the research question being investigated

Whilst studying this module content, you will engage with the following graduate and digital skills: 

Graduate skills

Module content includes:

  • Communicating using a range of written formats
  • Engage in critical appraisal, including judgements on reliability and validity, of own work and the work of others
Digital skills

Module content includes:

  • Demonstrating the ability to search independently and fluently across a comprehensive range of information sources in any medium, including specialised information such as archives, data sets and special collections
  • Apply a suitable method for managing a large volume of information

Module content

The module will cover epidemiological methods, public health statistics, qualitative research, research skills and public health project/programme evaluation.

  • Epidemiological methods - strengths and weaknesses including, cross sectional, ecological, case control, cohort and intervention studies (inc. randomised control trails). Epidemiological concepts e.g. validity, reliability, ethics, association, causation and bias
  • Public Health Statistics – including hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, standard statistical distributions, sampling distributions, graphical methods, parametric and non parametric tests, sample size and statistical power, regression and correlation, comparison and probability
  • Qualitative research including interviews, focus group, action research and participant observation. Qualitative methods in public health research and policy. Good practice in qualitative research, ethical issues, common errors and strengths and weaknesses in design
  • Research skills in public health – planning, designing, doing, analysing and publishing research. Critical appraisal of relevant research, publication bias and grey literature
More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7NU577

Health Protection

This module introduces you to the key elements of health protection. The module will give you the necessary information to be able to identify stressors of public health significance and measures which can be implemented for reduction or mitigation of risk. There is an emphasis on developing an appreciation of the natural and man-made hazards that are present in the environment. The module will also ensure that practitioners in public health have the knowledge and understanding of the nature of communicable disease and the skills to assess the effectiveness of surveillance and other health protection intervention strategies. The impact that incidents and emergencies can have on the public health of the population (such as chemical incidents, flooding and infectious disease outbreaks) will be examined along with the approaches that can be taken to contain and control such incidents.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of communicable disease and environmental hazard risk assessment.
  • Critical evaluation of an emergency plan and provide synthesis of tactical and strategic strategies to impact positively on the scenario presented.

Module content

  • screening
  • food safety
  • occupational Health safety
  • environmental protection-air pollution/sanitation/clean water
  • housing
  • emergency planning/natural disaster/hazards inc. global, man-made, War
  • immunisation programmes
  • communicable disease eg TB, legionnaires (CCDC), Meningitis
  • culture and diversity
  • international/national
  • community involvement/community capacity building
  • legal framework, enforcement, regulation
More information
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 7NU506

Principles of Long Term Condition Management

Healthcare is going to look very different over the next 15 years due to an ageing population; changing patterns of health and disease; the shift to delivery of more care in community settings; advances in care and treatment; and advances in technology to name but a few. It is with this in mind that this module will provide you the practitioner with the necessary skills and knowledge to empower patients in the management of their condition. It will enable you the practitioner to engage with social, political and economic factors that challenge and support new ways of working.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of the practitioner in the management of specific long term conditions and the challenges which arise from the promotion of self-care in this field
  2. Demonstrate understanding of progression of the identified chronic condition by interpretation of clinical data, to support the treatment of disease processes. Critically evaluate regimes initiated as a result of data received
  3. Through evidence of multi-agency working in practice, critically analyse the current and future management of long term conditions.

Module content

  • Principles of supportive self-care
  • Behaviour Change Management
  • Clinical Governance
  • Collaborative and new ways of working
  • Concordance and client empowerment
  • Diagnostic Interpretation of Clinical Data
  • Pathophysiology of chronic conditions
  • Public Health & Health Promotion
  • Medicines Management
  • Scope of Practice
  • Self-management
  • Assessment of the Systems
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU512

Introduction to Health Promotion

The importance of health promotion is vital to the welfare of individuals, families, communities and populations. Since the Ottawa declaration (WHO, 1986) there has been debate around the theory and practice of improving health and the debate surrounding the theoretical and practical approaches to this are ongoing. Current issues in the UK context concerning the health of the public include a range of determinants of health from lifestyle issues such as obesity and smoking as well as issues concerned with the society in which we live; housing and low income for example. Some of these concepts are mirrored to a global context.

All health professionals have a requirement to promote health and this module allows you to critically analyse what health and health promotion are and evaluate differing approaches to improving health, from those taking an individual perspective to those taking a community development approach or a population level intervention. The evaluation of health promoting activities will be examined and the social and political barriers to improving the health of the public analysed.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the meaning of health and health promotion within the framework of current health policy
  2. Critically evaluate approaches and models of health promotion and health improvement and strategies for their evaluation
  3. Develop and analyse a plan for improving the health of an individual, family or community and critically analyse the barriers to implementation.

Module content

  • The recent historical background of the health promotion movement and its relevance to current debates in a UK context
  • Definitions and meanings of Health, Health Promotion and Health Improvement within the current policy context
  • Socio-medico determinants of health
  • The relevance of the World Health Organisation and its impact on the development of health promotion
  • Models of health promotion
  • Approaches to health promotion in terms of the individual, the family and the community
  • Barriers to promoting health with the individual, the family and the community
  • Approaches to evaluating health promotion programmes will occur
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU524

Mental Health and Illness Assessment

It is widely recognised that, despite new initiatives and strategies to support them, many of the most vulnerable people in society become victims of neglect, abuse and isolation. The module will focus upon the issues and problems related to the physical and mental health of vulnerable individuals in society, with the aim of developing the practitioner’s skills in assessment, support and management.

The module will provide general principles of assessment, support and management to avoid crisis situations, and allow the student to select the focus of the assignment which is most appropriate to their practice. In practice situations, students will have the opportunity to critically examine and evaluate appropriate tools for managing critical situations, to enable them to make clinical judgments about the degree of individual safety and well-being.

Students will be assisted in developing their recognition of physical, social and psychological cues, and encouraged to examine the challenges and benefits of multidisciplinary and multi-agency working to meet the needs of the individual within a population context.

More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU537

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice

The current policy agenda and developing culture in health care increasingly encourage the exposure and debate of ethical and legal issues. The development of mechanisms for ethical review within the machinery of Clinical Governance, and the changes in ethical governance of professions have highlighted the importance of ethical issues and are contributing to a culture of more open discussion.

In an increasingly litigious culture, the interface between health care and law is also becoming increasingly important. Professional practitioners need to be able to engage with these issues in a coherent and confident way. Such issues arise at all levels, policy, organisation, team and individual patient care, and the module programme also seeks to address all these levels. This module will assist you the practitioner to recognise and engage with these issues by application of the principles to the practice situation.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse ethical and legal issues relevant to health care practice and policy, incorporating critical application of selected theoretical perspectives relevant to ethics in health
  2. Understand and apply relevant ethical arguments and legal perspectives to a specific practice situation

Module content

  • Theories of ethics
  • Professional & Interprofessional ethics
  • Legal principles relevant to health care
  • Autonomy, consent and confidentiality
  • Duty of Care
  • Quality of life
  • Decisions at the beginning and end of life
  • Rationing of health care
  • Organisations in health care
  • Professional standards and guidance
  • Policy, Legal frameworks
  • Managing change
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU549

Social Consequences of Dementia Care

Recognition of the trajectory of the disease and the challenges associated with assisting people to maintain as much independence as possible, through the stages of dementia, is a key focus of a modern health and social care system. The module aims to develop skills required of you as an advanced practitioner capable of autonomous working within your practice setting. You will build on your understanding of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, differentiate between approaches and models of care, understand the barrier to the maintenance of personhood and apply evidence to practice appropriate to your health or social care context.

This module is suitable for a range of staff from health and social care settings such as adult nurses, mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, but also including those who work in nursing homes and community settings, those who provide integrated services, Prison services and care for people with a diagnosis of dementia.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the context of health and social care initiatives in dementia care (locally, nationally and internationally)
  2. Critically analyse barriers to maintaining personhood
  3. Critically reflect on your own effectiveness in developing a service improvement project/initiative

Module content

  • Models of Reflection
  • Communication and Compassion
  • Introduction to Dementia, diagnosis trajectory and treatment.
  • Different approaches (Bio-Medical explanations of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, social model of disability
  • Understanding Dementia from a socio-cultural perspective/ psychological perspective
  • Factors influencing a loss of personhood
  • The impact of stigma and attitudes towards individuals, their families and care givers
  • Different models of care (person-centered care/ recovery model)
  • The role of the professional in developing and applying best practice standards and the application of evidence and research
  • Consider the measures of control and release of control over the quality of life
  • Maintaining Independence
  • Self-determination
  • Right to life
  • Government legislation eg, Mental Capacity Act (2005) European Union charter of fundamental rights (2013)
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU564

Leading for Quality

This module is designed for, specialist advanced, or senior health professionals intending to lead and deliver high quality services within contemporary health care settings. The aim is to apply essential leadership and management principles to inform and assure the safe and effective delivery of services to meet the needs of the practitioner’s identified area of practice. Leadership theories along with change and quality management will be applied in the context of professional accountability and effective multi-agency, multi-professional working. It embeds leadership within the context of regulatory, professional, legal and policy frameworks.

Module learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
  2. Critically employ clinical governance mechanisms to manage risk and care quality in your area of professional / specialist practice
  3. Evaluate and critique selected leadership approaches to encourage collaborative, multi-disciplinary patient-centred care, contributing to team, staff and self-development
  4. Critically appraise policy, data and current practice to inform a proposed quality improvement, advocating for effective use of resources.

Module content

  • Governance frameworks, quality assurance; risk management
  • Professional accountability for: delegation, care quality, managing teams, poor performance and conflict
  • Key leadership theories and styles
  • Operational Management
  • Team building; skills analysis; skill mix; professional and competence frameworks; clinical supervision
  • Self-evaluation; Self-assessment, self-awareness and critical reflection; Developing resilience
  • Service evaluation strategies; change management
  • Policy, ethics and legislation
  • Quality improvement, advancing innovative practice, measuring improvement
  • Communication, collaborative working, multi-agency, inter-professional communication and networks
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU572

Health Economics

This module will explore the data that can be utilised in health service planning and evaluation, together with the basic principles of health economics and how these can be utilised in the decision making process. The role of economic evaluation and priority setting in health care decision making will be investigated. The module will go on to examine the different approaches to the assessment of health care needs and the evaluation of health and health care. There will be a particular emphasis on the funding of health care systems nationally and internationally.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the methods used to economically evaluate health care provision.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of heath economics assessment within health care systems.
  3. Critically compare the different approaches to the provision of health care

Module content

  • Principles of health economics
  • Behaviours affecting health
  • The value of health
  • The commissioning and funding of health care services, equity, efficiency and allocation
  • Different methods of economic appraisal including discounting and sensitivity analysis
  • The application of economic ideas to health such as scarcity, demand and supply, incentives, insurance and health care finance
  • The principles of financial resource allocation and health care priority setting. Decision analysis
  • The health economic foundations for building health policies for example National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence assessments.
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU573

Healthy Lives, Healthy Lifestyles

This module introduces you to the key elements of assessment required to prioritise need and support vulnerable communities and populations. The module will give you the necessary information to be able to utilise appropriate assessment tools, from an action plan facilitate the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the process of assessment and the actions taken to sustain and or improve health, taking in to account recommendations for future practice
  2. Critically examine an identified health need for a chosen stage of the life span and explore the effects this may have upon their development and the wider community they live in.

Module content

  • Ethics, policy, legislation
  • Overview of life stages
  • Vulnerability
  • Assessment tools
  • Behaviour change
  • Health protection, community capacity
  • Healthy Body
  • Healthy Mind
  • Immunisation
  • Social Media/Safety
  • Support mechanisms
  • Safeguarding children and young people and adults
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU574

Psychological Approaches to Behaviour Change

Understanding the complex interplay between psychological, biological, environmental, social and political factors that influence health is a necessary skill for public health practitioners. The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of a range of psychological factors that may influence health behaviour and behaviour change and how these can be utilised, alongside other considerations, in the design and implementation of behaviour change interventions. The module will also provide the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully to evaluate behaviour change interventions.

Module learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
  2. Critically evaluate the role of psychological factors in understanding health behaviour
  3. Apply psychological theory to the design and development of an intervention to modify specific health related behaviour

Module content

The module will include learning material covering the following areas:

  • Public health priorities
  • Antecedents of behaviour
  • Behaviour change models and approaches
  • Behaviour change techniques
  • Behavioural insights
  • Design and evaluation of behaviour change interventions
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU997

Independent Scholarship

This Independent Scholarship (IS) module forms an essential component of the Masters award. The aim of this module is to allow you to demonstrate critical analysis, problem solving, objective evaluation and reflection on an area of your field of practice. The module will be assessed through the submission of 1 proposal (formative) and 1 piece of work that reflects your in-depth study on a chosen topic area of practice. Key considerations of this individual study will include the application of theory to practice and the critical analysis of sources of evidence within a field of practice.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to work independently; developing thought-through courses of action determined by a comprehensive awareness of techniques applicable to your own scholarship
  2. Critically appraise sources of evidence relating to a chosen area of practice in order to present an academic position
  3. Respond to ethical issues and dilemmas when conducting independent scholarship
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60 Credits
core
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

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Programme leader

As the programme leader for the Master of Public Health, Jo liaises with local and national public health organisations to ensure that there is knowledge transfer between our students and staff.

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Join this webinar to discover more about studying an MPH online at Derby. The webinar includes a 30 minute presentation from Jo Brown, Programme Lead for the MPH.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have:

Either a minimum of a lower second class Honours degree (2:2) or above in a public health-related science from a UK university, the CNAA or an overseas equivalent with National Agency for the Recognition and Comparison of International Qualifications and Skills (NARIC) approval.

Or qualifications and experience considered to be equivalent to the above. All students applying via this route will be assessed and where necessary interviewed by the Programme Leader. Additionally, International students will be expected to demonstrate their proficiency in English and would normally be expected to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above in all areas, subject to academic discretion - also accepting IELTS Indicator (where available).

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,135 9 £10,215

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Masters funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

When submitting your application, please ensure it is complete, with all the relevant documents requested in the application form. These are listed below:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

Careers

The online Masters of Public Health programme allows progression in terms of further qualifications and employment. The Masters is a good basis for further study in the form of a PhD or Professional Doctorate. It will also improve the employment prospects of students by providing an informed insight into current multi–disciplinary practises employed in the evolving public health arena. From a wider perspective the programme provides a suitable qualification for those working in allied areas.

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