Key features

This 20-credit masters-level module takes an upstream approach to thinking about health and wellbeing in our society. It provides the opportunity to critically explore contemporary approaches to public health and health promotion. Participants will develop their knowledge of population health, health protection, and health promotion nationally and with communities and individuals.

The aim of this module is to enable participants to think critically about the nature, purpose and practice of public health and to critically examine ways of promoting health in collaboration with communities and individuals.

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Module code




FHEQ level 

Level 7 – masters degree


Online distance learning

Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:
  • Critically explore historical and contemporary public health perspectives, including social, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors. 
  • Critically examine the concept of population health, including demography, epidemiology and health protection. 
  • Demonstrate a systematic in-depth understanding of evidence-based health promotion approaches when collaborating with communities and individuals. 
The assessment for this module is in two parts: 
1. A series of set exercises critically exploring public health topics.
2. A written assignment demonstrating a systematic in-depth understanding of health promotion approaches. 
(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

9 (no seminar), 16, 23, 30 October, 6, 13 November 2024, (Reading Week) 20 (no seminar), 27 November and 4, 11, 18 December 2024. 
In this module teaching and learning will take place fully online using set readings and activities that you complete independently in your own time on a week by week basis. In addition, each week there is a 3 hour online interactive seminar on the morning of the dates above. The seminar is based on the weekly topic and aligns with the weekly readings and activities. 
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.
This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways – please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
Admissions information Additional information and documentation required for the application process.Access to application forms, download guides and confirmation information. Visit our admissions homepage.

Entry requirements

To undertake this module as part of a professional development pathway you must be:
  • A registered health and social care practitioner or health and social care worker.
  • Ideally in possession of previous study at degree level.
Individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme, please discuss with the Professional Development Unit prior to application.
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You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:
Current student enquiries:
Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.
Monday – Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.