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CPD Violence Prevention, Reduction and Public Health

level 7 - 30 credits - Taught online - closing date 20th November, 2023

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Course length
20 weeks PartTime
City campus

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Course aim

Violence is a continuing problem in modern society. The public health approach to Violence Prevention developed by the World Health Organisation underpins this CPD. It aims to provide learners with the public health skills and knowledge to devise, plan and initiate a violence reduction project in the workplace or community.

Learners will develop their ability to strengthen the capability of front-line staff through a combination of taught sessions, action learning, and guided project design. Partnership working will be encouraged with other learners who have responsibility for violence reduction in a variety of roles and learners will be expected to act as advocates for violence reduction within and outside their own organisations. The Public Health Institute 's Violence and Unintentional Injury Unit is an accredited World Health Organisation collaborating centre.

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 and the impact of adverse childhood experiences. This is followed by a critical examination of key issues, including: young people and safeguarding navigators; self-harm and suicide awareness; ACEs and trauma informed practice; protecting staff and patients in NHS settings; domestic violence awareness; project and proposal writing.

Teaching and learning

Unit 1 (September-October: half a day per week): A lecture series will develop your knowledge of the impact of violence on health and critically review public health strategies to prevent and control violence. You will be encouraged to read widely and to keep abreast of current trends and issues. Additional workshops will be used to explore the topics covered and apply theory to practice. A robust learning agreement is in place by the end of Unit 1, outlining the project and accountability issues.

UNIT 2 (November-January; half a day per fortnight): You will work towards implementing and evaluating your project goals, supported by an academic supervisor and a work based mentor. Peer learning is delivered through action learning sets, where learners work closely with a facilitator to review objectives and learn from a projects successes and instructive failures. Projects may include desk based and practical elements.

All lectures, workshops and seminars will be delivered online. Additional online CANVAS (VLE) based activity and learning will also be available. 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

Qualification requirements

  • Alternative qualifications considered

    To be a NHS staff member with a role in aggression and violence management in security and or clinical settings within the NHS.

    Candidates are expected to provide details of their role aligned to that above in their application to LMJU personal statement, this supported specifically by line management reference which should more broadly support their application to study and bring evidence based driven changes to their practice area.

    As an essential requirement, candidates should also consider and clearly stipulate and follow directions for application to either L6 (BSc) or L7 (MSc) as well as ensuring they identify and state the ICS in which they are based. Failure to do either could delay application and or mean it is not considered for a sponsored place in this cohort.

    Candidates are required to append a short essay (max 1000 words) on the subject: ‘Briefly describe a public health approach to violence prevention and identify how this approach might be relevant to violence reduction in your workplace.

    You will normally be expected to have a first degree to enrol on this programme. 

    Evidence of equivalent learning gained through work may also be considered if you lack the above qualification.

    The Programme Leader must also be satisfied that you have the potential to study successfully at Masters’ level and will benefit from the programme. 

    Consideration will be given for prior education and experience.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU CPD application form. You will need to provide details of your qualifications and curent employment.

Please apply using the online application form.

Applicants should be NHS staff at minimum band 5 with role in aggression and violence management in security and or clinical settings within the NHS.


This programme will be assessed by:

  • Project proposal (25%)
  • Presentation to peers and stakeholders (75%)

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development can be studied 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.

Further guidance on programme changes.