Perspectives in Health

Perspectives in Health

Level 4, 20 credits

Course aim

This theory based module is designed to improve your knowledge of health in the population. This module will encourage you to broaden your knowledge of the concepts of health and illness by considering how these affect the patient as an individual and as part of a larger population within society.

The module will begin with the perspective of the individual and progress to consider the many facets of public health. Models of health and illness will be studied to encourage you to put your clinical practice within a broader framework, and understand how patients are considered by health professionals and the general public.

Aspects of mental health will be introduced alongside the fundamentals of human psychology, and diversity and difference will be studied with regard to the patient. The sociological implications of health and illness will be examined, and the determinants of health which will raise the issues of inequality, difference and disadvantage.

This module looks at health and illness through a wide lens and it will enable you to appreciate and understand the broader context in which the patient sits.

Course length

The delivery will be over a six-month period with a small number of attendances and a number of online lectures. There will be a blended approach to support the learning; this means that online and electronic resources will be provided for use during private study time. There will need to be interaction in the online environment and therefore a good standard of IT ability needs to exist.

Course cost

The cost for this CPD module is £40.00 per credit for both CPD apply and self-funded routes.


There is a requirement for full attendance for each of the sessions, whether they are in class or through the technology enhanced learning environment.

Course content

  • Models of health and illness
  • Key psychological and sociological theories
  • Mental health
  • Diversity and difference
  • Deprivation and social inclusion/exclusion
  • Health measurements
  • Data analysis
  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemics and pandemics
  • Public health issues
  • Equity and social inequality in health
  • Introduction to social policy
  • Gender and sexuality in relation to health
  • Ethnicity and diversity
  • Health and social policies


There is one component: An essay.

Entry requirements:

Current employment as a healthcare professional with North West Ambulance NHS Trust

CPD award

This module may form part of the CertHE in Urgent and Emergency Care or alternatively, may be studied as a stand-alone CPD Programme.

How to apply

If your CPD course is funded by NHS North West, please apply through the CPD apply system. You can contact your Trust Training Lead for further advice on this process.

If you are funding the course yourself, please apply using the postgraduate online application form

Further information

For further information please contact:

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829 

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