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HL30513: Contemporary public health issues

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • Exam (EX 50% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take HL10499
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To deepen students' understanding of determinants of health and to engage them in debates about how public health can be delivered in an unequal globalised world.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:
* Systematic understanding and a detailed knowledge of contemporary challenges in public health, such as the growth of non-communicable diseases and the difficulties of governing health in a globalised world.
* Systematic understanding of population health intervention options for tackling non-communicable diseases.
* Systematic understanding of health governance models and of the relative and dynamic power of structure and agency in shaping health, health policy and health inequalities.
* Ability to develop and sustain coherent and considered arguments regarding the relationship between structure and agency and public health outcomes, which engage effectively with the literature.

Knowledge and understanding (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Intellectual skills (facilitated and assessed)
Analytical skills (facilitated and assessed)
Critical evaluation (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Synthesise information (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Develop coherent arguments (facilitated and assessed)
Written communication (facilitated and assessed)
Oral communication (facilitated)
Self-appraisal and reflection (facilitated)
Work independently (facilitated)

The nature of non-communicable disease and its impact on morbidity, mortality and health inequalities; Structural determinants of health, such as globalisation and the free market, and its impact on health, health policy making and widening health inequalities; The role of agency in determining health, focusing on the role of actors as vectors of health in a globalised world (the state, international organisations, corporations, non-governmental organisations, advocates, individuals), their relative power and impact on physical and mental health and wellbeing; The role of consumer products and services and their corporate providers as determinants of health. 4 case studies - tobacco, alcohol, food and physical activity - will enable students to apply theoretical ideas discussed in the course; Normative aspects of policy and empirical options for tackling non-communicable disease and associated inequalities through whole population or targeted interventions; The process of health policymaking and the role played by science and evidence.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL30513 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB18 : BSc(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 3)
  • UHHL-AFM18 : MSci(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 3)