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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: EPIDEMIOLOGY
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: HUTCHINSON K Mrs (HSC)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
An examination (50%)
The written examination will consist of a total of twenty, short answer and multiple choice questions, to test epidemiological knowledge and its application to practice.

Question A (50%)
Identify a public health issue providing a rationale for your choice. Critically evaluate selected levels of prevention that are employed to address the chosen issue.
Word count 2500 words

Question B (50%)

Critically appraise the health care planning cycle in relation to a public health item of concern in an identified population.
Word count 2500 words

A pass must be attained in both assessments
Module Overview
Module Aims
• To integrate strategic approaches to the promotion and protection of the populations’ health and well-being
• To critically evaluate impacts of epidemiology
• To enable practitioners to act as health promoters and educators
• To enhance and utilise skills for the surveillance and assessment of the populations health and well-being
Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to::

Subject knowledge and understanding

• Critically review the principles and methodologies of epidemiology
• Evaluate and utilise strategies to assess health, public health, social, political and economic factors which influence and impact on communities, community development and health and welfare resources
• Lead and evaluate processes of health surveillance and assessment of the population’s health and well-being and assess the resources needed for the implementation and evaluation of service developments at local and national levels and make appropriate recommendations for service development
• Critically review public health in the light of epidemiological evidence

Cognitive skills

• Critically analyse, evaluate and apply epidemiological data relating to public health
• Devise and critically evaluate strategies designed to promote health and empower patients, clients and carers through public health service developments.

Practical skills

• Support and empower patients, clients and carers to influence and use available services, information and skills to the full and to participate in decisions concerning their care
• Review and select from a range of health and social agencies those which will assist and improve the care of individuals, groups and communities
• Evaluate the impact of globalisation, climate change, environmental management, knowledge management and demography
• Deliver effective health promotion
• Assess and lead community development approaches in supporting and empowering service users and communities to act as active partners in development
• Design and maintain effective multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working partnerships in health protection measures

Key / transferable skills

• Develop and maintain a level of critical appraisal of evidence-based practice
• Utilise high level communication, networking and facilitation skills
• Demonstrate a high level of skills related to information and communication technology in the retrieval, analysis and presentation of data
• Produce detailed and coherent project reports
• Demonstrate a critical approach to reading and the utilisation of epidemiological evidence

Module Content
Theories, the scope and context of epidemiology
The historical context
Measurement of qualification of health, disease and need
Approaches to epidemiology
Epidemiological tools
Evaluating epidemiological data
Knowledge management
The influence of globalisation and climate change
Environmental and occupational epidemiology
Causation in epidemiology:
Communicable Disease: Outbreaks of disease and management
Health policy and healthcare planning
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Taught: 30 hours
Self-directed learning: 120 hours
Selected Texts/Journals


Beaglehole R, Bonita R & Kjellstrom T (1993) Basic Epidemiology. WHO, Geneva.

Cowley S. (2002) Public Health in Policy and Practice. Baillière Tindall, London.

Carr S. (2007) An Introduction to public health and epidemiology (2nd edn.) Open University, Buckingham.


Gerstman B. (2003) Epidemiology kept simple (2nd edn.) Wiley-Liss, Chichester.

Seedhouse D. (2001) Foundations for achievement (2nd edn.) Wiley, Chichester


Acheson D. (1998) Independent inquiry into inequalities in health. The Stationery Office, London

Costello J. & Haggart M. (2003) Public Health and Society. Palgrave, Basingstoke.

Donaldson L J. &Donaldson R J. (2000) Essential Public Health (2ndedn.) Petroc Press, London.

Farmer K., Miller D. & Lawrenson R. (2003) Public Health Medicine: Lecture Notes (5th ed) Blackwell Science, London.

Holland W.W. & Werner W. (1998) Public Health: The vision & the challenge. Nuffield Trust, London.

Specialist tutors will advise students on the specific reading required for their area of practice.


By arrangement with tutor

Recommended Journals

Journal of Public Health Medicine
Journal of Public Health
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
British Medical Journal
European Journal of Epidemiology


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