Health Protection

Health Protection

Health Protection

Level 7, 10 Credits

Course aim

The module will equip you with an understanding of the nature of environmental and communicable disease hazards and the role that public health practitioners play in the management of these hazards.

Health Protection is an important component of the public health agenda in the UK and internationally and this module aims to provide you with a full appreciation of the issues and of the arrangements that are in place to deliver a comprehensive health protection service. We will explore the investigation of as well as non-infectious environmental hazards and the emergency response provided to disease outbreaks, disasters and terrorist actions. We will discuss your ability to participate and contribute effectively to the planned responses to these range of health problems.

Course length

The course will be taught over a half day per week for approximately 12 consecutive weeks.

Course structure

Teaching and learning approaches include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
Course cost

The cost for this CPD module is £38.35 per credit.


The course will be held at LJMU, and normally runs for 2 hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks commencing in September each year (though this is subject to change).

Course content

During this Health Protection course, you will:

  • gain an overview of the nature of health protection, the principles of hazard identification, risk analysis and the use of the source-pathway-receptor model
  • examine the principles of communicable disease surveillance and control
  • examine how to assess environmental hazards, including air pollution, contaminated land, water and food
  • study contamination and waste management
  • gain an introduction to emergency planning and resilience strategies

You will be assessed via a written report which should:

  • analyse communicable and non-communicable risk factors
  • discuss the role and responsibility of key organisations
  • evaluate the impact of policy on the public’s health
Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to have a first degree in order to enrol on this programme; consideration will be given for prior education and experience.

  • 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 programme
CPD award

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

How to apply

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

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD courses for healthcare professionals brochure.

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

T: 0151 231 5829

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