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CPD Violence

Level 7 (postgraduate), 10 Credits

Start dates
July, October, January, April
Course length
8 weeks PartTime
City campus

Course cost

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Course aim

Violence is an increasing problem in modern society. Some violence is clearly visible whilst much of it remains behind closed doors and invisible. The public health approach to Violence Prevention developed by the World Health Organization underpins the approach to this module.

You will critically examine a range of key issues related to violence and health from international, national and local perspectives. You will also gain a greater understanding of the need to adopt an interdisciplinary public health approach when addressing the causes of violence, building prevention control strategies and promoting safety.

Course content

Course under review

During the course you will examine violence as a public health issue from different disciplinary perspectives.

You will be introduced to epidemiological principles related to understanding violence, followed by a critical examination of key aspects of violence, including:

  • genocide
  • gender-based violence
  • child and elder abuse
  • youth violence
  • self-directed violence
  • ethical and advocacy issues

Materials developed by the World Health Organization and research by LJMU's Public Health Institute will be used to support and inform your studies.

Teaching and learning

Lectures and seminars will be used to develop your knowledge of the impact of violence on health, and to critically review strategies implemented to prevent and control violence. You will be encouraged to read widely and to keep abreast of current trends and issues.

Student-led discussions and exercises will be used to explore topics covered and to facilitate the sharing of ideas and knowledge.

The course will be delivered one half day per week for 12 consecutive weeks, with additional online CANVAS (VLE) based activity and learning.

A major resource for this module is the Violence Prevention Information System, a global knowledge platform for preventing violence created by the Violence and Night Life team, Public Health Institute.

Entry requirements

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

Please apply using the online application form selecting Postgraduate Taught from the Level of Entry drop down.


This programme will be assessed by a 3,000 word essay.

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development can be studied within the MSc Public Health award framework or as a single CPD.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

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