CPD Public Health: Policy and Practice

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 Credits

Start dates

Course length

One semester

Course cost

Cost per credit: £44.31


City campus

Course aim

This module introduces the concepts and strategies associated with the public health approach. The module reviews the historical development of public health as a political, social and economic response to human health and welfare concerns. In the second half of the module there is a focus on health inequalities; understanding their causation, how they manifest in populations and a critical evaluation of methods used to reduce them.

To enhance knowledge and understanding of population-based health issues and the public health response through policy and practice.

Course content

You will study the following topics:

  • Principles and concepts of health and public health
  • Key domains of public health and the public health approach
  • A broad history of public health approaches: national and international perspectives
  • Social determinants of health and health risk
  • Public health governance and stewardship
  • Public health policy and health in all policies
  • Inequalities in health and strategies to reduce
  • Public health ethics

Teaching and learning

There is two hours of classroom-based activity per week supported with additional online Canvas (VLE) based activity and learning.

Entry requirements

  • You will normally be expected to have a first degree in order to enrol on this programme
  • Evidence of equivalent learning gained through work may also be considered if you do not have a first degree
  • The Programme Leader must also be confident that you have the potential to study successfully at Level 7 and that you will benefit from completing the course
  • Consideration will be given for prior education and experience

How to apply

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


Assessment comprises of one short online test (30 minutes) and one report of 3,500 words.

CPD award

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

Further information

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health 
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

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