Core Module Information
Module title: Population Health for Practice

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NMS11186
Module leader: Iain Atherton
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Population and Public Health


Description of module content:

The module will provide the following:
- Discussion of research methods used in epidemiology
- Critical reflection on the philosophical basis for population health in the context of social care
- Critical discussion of major theoretical ideas influential in contemporary population studies in light of recent evidence and their implications for health and social care
- Consider strategies for improving population health and their implications for health and social care
- Exploration of practical implications of population health for practitioners in today’s health and social care environment

Health care practitioners have an invaluable role in helping to address pressing population health issues. This module provides an accessible introduction to the subject, providing grounding in its research methods, theories, and discussion of the most pressing concerns. Students will be introduced to the theory and methods of epidemiology, and will be encouraged to reflect on relevance of population health to clinical practice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically consider the rationale for population health in day-to-day health and social care.
LO2: Development of a critical understanding of how different epidemiological designs can provide insights into population health.
LO3: Analytically reflect on theoretical issues in population health.
LO4: Critically discuss different approaches to addressing health and social care issues at the level of populations.
LO5: Reflect on how population health can inform health and social care practitioners at the individual level.
LO6: Critically reflect on Learning Outcomes 1-6 to develop a reasoned case for change in health care practice in light of a pressing population health concern.

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