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Professional Development

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Health Protection

Course Details

Course/Module Code





23-24 Accredited 15 credits



23-24 Non-Accredited 15 credits



23-24 (Overseas) 15 credits



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Course Dates

Course Information : CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 06/12/24 unless already sold out. If the closing date has passed please contact us for availability. PLEASE NOTE: once your application status is showing as registered, it will take up to 5 working days for your login details for MyUWE to be issued by email. Please only contact us if you have not received after this time. This module will be taught face to face at Frenchay Campus. 13:00 16:30 28/01/25 Lecture - Frenchay Campus 13:00 16:30 04/02/25 Lecture - Frenchay Campus 13:00 16:30 11/02/25 Lecture - Frenchay Campus 13:00 16:30 18/02/25 Lecture - Frenchay Campus 13:00 16:30 04/03/25 Lecture - Frenchay Campus 13:00 16:30 11/03/25 Lecture - Frenchay Campus 13:00 16:30 18/03/25 Lecture - Frenchay Campus 13:00 16:30 25/03/25 Lecture - Frenchay Campus NOTE: For parking on Frenchay Campus, you will need to download a Parking Permit from the University - you will be able to do this once you have been registered on myUWE






The assessment for this module is a 3,000 word written assignment.



Careers/further study

This module can contribute towards: PGCert/PGDip/MSc Public Health.


The course syllabus for the Health Protection course typically includes:

  • Principles of infection control, surveillance, outbreak control and immunisation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of epidemiology, risk factors and prevention and control measures for key communicable diseases hospital acquired infection; meningitis, tuberculosis, influenza, blood borne viruses (including HIV), food and water borne infections.
  • Current UK immunisation schedules and their limitations.
  • Critical understanding of the impact of the wider determinants of health on the distribution and course of communicable diseases, as well as the inequalities in risk exposure and outcomes.
  • Knowledge and understanding of key material environmental impacts on population health physical, radiological, chemical and biological, covering specifically climate change, air quality and pollution, water quality, asbestos and radon.
  • Key health issues associated with poor housing.
  • Knowledge of current statutory and non-statutory approaches to harm prevention and reduction, including protection from occupational hazards.
  • Awareness of current emergency planning structures and systems.

Course Director

Brodie Walker


This 15 credit Health Protection course is delivered in partnership with colleagues from the UK Health Security Agency who are working in the field, ensuring that you are exposed to relevant practice issues.

The course has been designed to meet the needs of those currently working in roles that require up-to-date health protection knowledge, or those who are keen to develop their knowledge in this field.

On successful completion of this level 7 (Master level) module, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • understanding and critical insight into principles of surveillance, applied epidemiology and the aetiology, monitoring and interpretation of patterns of communicable diseases
  • understanding and critical insight into public and environmental health protection issues relevant to international contexts, including understanding of how inequalities impact exposure and epidemiological outcomes.
  • understanding and capability to communicate evidence-based actions necessary to manage communicable diseases and environmental impacts on health, taking into account the social and political environment in the implementation of such actions.

Learning and Teaching

This module draws on a range of expertise within the field, ensuring that students are exposed to those dealing day-to-day with health protection issues.

Scheduled learning includes lectures accompanied by workshops intended to apply the learning in group-based tasks.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, workshop preparation, assignment preparation and completion.

All taught sessions are supplemented with online learning materials, which may include videos or podcasts. Module support is provided via email and online discussion board.

Study facilities

The College of Health, Science and Society has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

Get a feel for the Health Professions facilities we have on offer here from wherever you are.


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15 credit level 7 module

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