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Programme structure

We want to give you the best chance of applying what you learn with Roehampton Online towards your career. That is why we’ve structured your online learning experience to give you regular opportunities to learn from your peers and receive faculty feedback.

All our online masters programmes consist of seven modules and a dissertation, called the Research Project. Each module is 10 weeks long and composed of five learning units. Your first module will include a comprehensive introduction to our online learning platform. Each learning unit is two weeks long. This means you’ll spend two weeks debating, researching and learning about one subject before moving on to the next.

Module outlines

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Leading and Learning in Public Health in a Global Context (10 Weeks)

In a dynamic global environment, organisations require exceptional manager/leaders that can harness a diverse range of competencies and effectively blend both the analytical and intuitive dimensions of management. Public health professionals assume leadership roles in organisations where they are responsible for planning, organising, staffing, coordinating, reporting, and budgeting of activities. This course is designed introduce you to the online learning environment, as well as to stimulate critical thinking about modern public health administrative issues and develop selected management and leadership techniques and perspectives.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate alternative conceptual models of leadership and the implications for personal, team and organisational effectiveness with particular attention to the public health care sector.
  • Critically evaluate leadership and managerial practises in public health care organisations.
  • Apply methods for assessing the interests of organisational stakeholders, including their relationship to governing structures in relation to health and wellbeing.
  • Critically analyse problems related to planning, organising, staffing, coordinating, reporting, and budgeting in organisational and community initiatives.
  • Critically reflect on personal perspectives and practice concerning public health issues.
  • Plan for personal and professional development in relation to core public health skills and competencies.

New Directions in Public Health Policy and Promotion (10 Weeks)

In this module, you will examine the many aspects of public health policy and promotion. Social and behavioural sciences within public health policies address the behavioural, social and cultural factors relating to the health of individuals and the wider population. Research and practice in this area contributes to the development, administration and evaluation of programmes and policies in public health and health services to promote and sustain healthy environments and healthy lives.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate theories, concepts and models from a range of public health disciplines that are used in research and practice to develop new public health interventions.
  • Evaluate steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programmes, policies and interventions.
  • Appraise the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems.
  • Critically analyse evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of public health interventions.
  • Critically evaluate ethical issues related to public health programme planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Critically reflect on personal perspectives and practice in addressing public health issues.

Population Health Matters: Making Sense of Health Trends and Problems (10 Weeks)

To be an effective public health professional, one must understand the history and trends affecting public health. This module will address public health history, redefinition of the concept of public health, and transition into the study of the environment as a component of public health including clean air, clean water, safe food, safe workplaces, and healthy communities in practices to help ensure human well-being.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Analyse factors that affect the health of individuals and populations.
  • Critically evaluate available information about public health issues including core and cross-cutting areas of system thinking, communication and informatics, public health biology, and diversity and culture.
  • Understand the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental factors and occupational agents that affect public health.
  • Critically evaluate approaches for evaluating, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  • Propose various risk management and risk communication approaches in relation to issues of environmental justice and equity.
  • Critically reflect on perspectives and practice in public health issues.

Research Methods in Public Health (10 Weeks)

This module offers the opportunity to develop an understanding and skills of public health research, including data collection, analysis and interpretation. You will also critically apply the most appropriate research methods to public health programmes.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods to public health problems.
  • Demonstrate a systematic in-depth knowledge of the importance of ethics in epidemiology and qualitative public health research.
  • Critically evaluate appropriate study designs and methods of data collection in public health.
  • Analyse and interpret research data.
  • Evaluate rigor in qualitative research.
  • Critically appraise published reports of empirical public health studies in terms of ethics, study design; appropriate choice of methods and interpretation of findings.

Epidemiology (10 Weeks)

In this module, you explore epidemiology, which the World Health Organization defines as the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease), and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other health problems. You explore various methods used to carry out epidemiological investigations, including surveillance and descriptive studies for analysing distribution and analytical studies to examine determinants.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate the key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues.
  • Critically evaluate a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  • Analyse basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
  • Apply biostatistical knowledge to epidemiological studies.
  • Calculate basic epidemiology measures and critically evaluate the reported data.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
  • Communicate epidemiologic findings to lay and professional audiences.
  • Apply research design and analytical methods for public health research to solving public health problems.

Contemporary Public Health Issues in a Global World (10 Weeks)

This module will examine major global health challenges, programmes and policies. You will be introduced to the diversity of determinants of health and disease in the world and you will have the opportunity to study current and emerging global health priorities, including population studies, emerging infectious diseases, chronic illness, poverty, ageing, nutrition, conflicts and emergencies, health inequity, health systems reforms, and major global initiatives for disease prevention and health promotion.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse strategies that strengthen community capabilities for overcoming barriers to health and well-being.
  • Propose procedures for managing health partnerships.
  • Critically evaluate the application of the fundamental principles of international standards for the protection of human subjects in diverse cultural settings.
  • Assess strategies to engage marginalised and vulnerable populations in making decisions that affect their health and well-being.
  • Critique policies with respect to impact on health equity and social justice.
  • Evaluate distribution of resources to meet the health needs of marginalised and vulnerable groups.
  • Critically reflect on perspectives and practice in public health issues.

Public Health Research Project Proposal (10 Weeks)

During this module you will prepare to critically evaluate a range of research approaches to address public health issues. You will be able to conceptualise a relevant issue, then select and formulate an appropriate research strategy to investigate that issue. This will form the basis of your Public Health Research Project in the following module.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the methods and results of published research in a relevant field of public health literature.
  • Select and evaluate appropriate research methods for a public health research project.
  • Conceptualise a public health-related issue and formulate an appropriate research question.
  • Design an appropriate research strategy to address a specific public health research question.

Public Health Research Project (26 Weeks)

The Public Health Research Project is your opportunity to integrate and implement your learning into a specific piece of research. You will apply the analytical and conceptual tools and personal skills gained from previous modules to an in-depth investigation into a public health problem, and present your findings in a 10,000 to 12,000-word research report.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Refine and finalise a relevant and feasible topic and research question.
  • Design and plan an appropriate research strategy to address a relevant public health research question.
  • Undertake systematic search and review of relevant published theoretical and research based literature relating to research project.
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise relevant data.
  • Present research results in a critical fashion.
  • Present and justify conclusions, implications and, where appropriate, recommendations.

At the end of each module you’ll submit a final project, which is a written piece of work (such as an essay or case study). While your final project for each module will be the primary factor in determining your grade, your contributions to shared activities will also be taken into consideration.

Your research project is the largest – and final – piece of work you’ll undertake during your online masters programme. You’ll undertake an in-depth investigation of a specific problem and present your research topic, methodologies, results and conclusions as a report of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

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