Primary and Public Healthcare: Global Health - GH712

Key features

This module will ask participants to consider key principles and pillars of primary health care and critically analyse how different healthcare systems approach primary health care. It will engage participants in critical debate, drawing on their own lived experience to offer insights to the impact of the environment, culture, perceptions, health education and preventative health strategies to form the foundations of health and a functioning health care system.
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Module code




FHEQ Level 

Level 7 - masters degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery at Plymouth

Module details

Learning outcomes
  • Define the key principles and pillars of primary health care and critically analyse how different healthcare systems approach primary health care.
  • Evaluate and analyse the causes behind inequalities, key social determinants of health and community participatory approaches.
  • Design public health education and prevention strategies which takes account of national strategy and cultural influences empowering communities. 
Summary of Module Content 
  • Inequalities & Social Determinants of Health.
  • Environment and Health and OneHealth (Continuation from GH711).
  • How Health Interacts with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Principles of Primary Health Care.
  • Community Participatory Approaches.
  • Using Evidence in Policy & Practise.
  • Key Public Health skills (i.e. health needs assessment and evaluation of complex interventions) for population health based approach. 
  • Capacity development and whole health system strengthening approach.
  • Principles and practice of epidemiology (continuation from GH711).

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.

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Module dates

17, 24, 31 January, 7, 28 February and 14, 21 March 2023. 
Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change - always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers.
In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date.
Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Entry requirements

You will normally be a healthcare professional with a first degree or a related academic degree. BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above, or European first cycle equivalent. Clinicians without a degree but with appropriate experience may be eligible to apply. Overseas students require IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent required.


The fees for this module are £1,100.

Module lead

The lead for this module is Dr Tara Harrop.
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries

+44 1752 586951

Current student enquiries

Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.

8.30–17.00 (Friday 16.30)