Module Catalogue 2022/23

HSC8045 : Public Health Protection

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Sheena Ramsay
  • Lecturer: Dr Simon Wilkinson, Dr Simon Howard, Dr Lindsay Bramwell, Dr Gayle Dolan, Dr Kirsty Foster, Mrs Dor Wilson
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

This module introduces students to the key principles of public health protection, illustrated by reference to common communicable diseases and environmental hazards in the UK. Students will develop an understanding of major factors contributing to health protection risk, the fundamental principles of assessment and control of these risks. Local and national methods of surveillance will be described, including their application in monitoring patterns of illness in the population and identification of outbreaks of communicable disease. Examples of communicable disease outbreaks and environmental investigations will be used to illustrate the commonly used epidemiological methods and demonstrate the importance of partnership working in health protection.

Outline Of Syllabus

The sessions include the following topics and themes: General
•       Principles of Health Protection
•       Health Protection Surveillance
•       Outbreaks and incidents
•       Risk Perception and Communication in Health Protection
•       Emergency Preparedness and Response Communicable disease control
•       Vaccine preventable disease
•       Gastro-intestinal infections
•       Blood-borne viral infections
•       Sexually transmitted infections
•       Respiratory infections: Tuberculosis and Legionella Environmental hazards
•       Introduction to toxicology
•       Contaminated land and public health

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:
• Describe the causes, mechanism of transmission, prevention and control of important and common communicable diseases and infections, and disease caused by exposure to chemical and physical hazards, including their social context.
• Describe the principles of public health protection surveillance, the local and national mechanisms for surveillance of health and environmental data.
• Define and describe the roles and responsibilities of individuals and organisations in dealing with incidents and outbreaks at local, national and international level, including emerging diseases.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:
• Compare and contrast strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological approaches to the investigation and control of outbreaks of communicable disease and infection, and the analysis of associations between environmental factors and health.
• Critically discuss the strategies for prevention of communicable disease and infection, and environmental disease, and particularly where applicable, the immune response, principles and practice of immunisation programmes, and methods to minimise harm due to environmental hazards.
• Be able to use and apply relevant sources of information in providing advice on communicable disease and infection control, emergency planning, and control of environmental hazards.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:3021:00Present in person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice111:0011:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is largely an interactive module which draws on the experience of tutors and students. Most sessions are suited to seminar format with student and tutor led preparation, presentation and discussion. The module is delivered entirely by staff from Public Health England. Lecture materials will be pre-recorded. Discussion will take place through a combination of non-synchronous and student-led group activity

The teaching and learning methods used are designed to maximise opportunities for students to reflect on and incorporate their own experience into their learning.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assignment will test the students understanding of the principles of public health protection, and their ability to synthesise and critically appraise relevant sources of information to produce advice, strategy or other form of written commentary on key and current areas of public health protection

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.