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Promoting Public Health - Skills, Perspectives and Practice, Short Course

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This Promoting Public Health - Skills, Perspectives and Practice module at The Open University UK enables you, whatever your background and expertise, to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of multidisciplinary public health across the UK, internationally and globally.


Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and voluntary sectors is now acknowledged as vital. 

You'll investigate health projects, experience team working and build your skills in communication, critical reflection community involvement, policy making, and delivering ethical evidence-based practice. The module is mapped against UK Public Health Register and Nursing and Midwifery Council standards.

Key features of the Promoting Public Health - Skills, Perspectives and Practice module at The Open University UK include:

  • opportunity for reflection and consolidation of learning and for testing out the applicability of your learning to practice through activities, assessment and discussion with other students
  • a focus on developing communication (including computer-based communication) and information-literacy skills that will enable you keep up to date in this field as well as develop skills to critically appraise policy and practice
  • a thorough grounding in skills for evidence-based practice – this includes encouraging you to research and critically evaluate data and other information that you have searched for, to support you in becoming an independent learner
  • wide-ranging evidence and case study material about UK, international and global public health priorities, practice and policies, to help enhance your own practice
  • assessment that provides opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills, reflect on your learning and assess your progress, with an end-of-module assignment focused on a public health intervention.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

More specific aims of the module are to:

  • investigate the scope and nature of contemporary public health across the UK and internationally, focusing on its development, current priorities and future challenges
  • explore the major determinants of health and develop ways of promoting public health that address social and economic inequalities and are culturally sensitive and holistic
  • build knowledge and skills in communication, teamwork and computer-based collaboration
  • develop a skill set for evidence-based practice, including researching, analysing and evaluating health information and policy and accessing computer-based data

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at OU levels 1 and 2. 
  • They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject, preferably with the OU. 

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