Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Students will have the ability to:

• define “health” and “public health”;
• describe the health of a population;
• describe the impact of the different determinants of health;
• describe health inequalities within the UK and globally;
• propose solutions for the improvement of health in populations, both within the UK and globally;
• understand that a multidisciplinary approach to population health is essential;
• understand the concepts of screening for disease or pre-disease states;
• apply the concepts of learning, presenting, statistical analysis and the scientific method.

Intellectual skills

Students will be able to:

• demonstrate the use of logic;
• further develop their numeracy skills;
• use study, library and presentational skills;
• use epidemiological, statistical and scientific skills.

Professional Practical skills

Students will be able to:

• understand epidemiological study designs and statistical concepts in simple situations and describe their limitations;
• interpret the results of epidemiological studies and statistical tests and understand the importance of confidence intervals;
• extract key facts from data sources and scientific articles.

Transferable skills

Students will have the ability to:

• perform various types of statistical analyses;
• interpret medical literature;
• apply research findings to practice;
• apply a rigorous approach to interpretation of health data.

Attitudes and behaviours

Students will:

• be able to understand that other professions and workers outside the formal health system play a vital role in the achievement of a healthy society;
• be able to work collaboratively with other agencies and communities;
• understand the need for commitment to equity in health services and to effective, evidence based practice;
• be better prepared for career-long self-motivated learning and scientific thinking.