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.