Professional course Principles of Evidence Based Public Health

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Health and Social Sciences
Course Director
Emma Bird

20 credit level 3 and Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


Principles of Evidence Based Public Health, available at Level 3 or Masters Level UZVSDK20M, fosters an interdisciplinary approach and is delivered by a multidisciplinary teaching team from the Departments of Health and Applied Social Science and Nursing and Midwifery.

Teaching methods include; lectures, online learning, discussions, seminars, group work and self-directed study.

Careers / Further study

This is a compulsory module in the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) programme.  If you wish to apply for the full SCPHN programme please contact admissions on 0117 83333. 



  • The concept of evidence-based policy and practice
  • Literature searching databases
  • Hierarchies of evidence
  • Approaches to systematic review of the evidence
  • The assessment of scientific evidence and its contribution to public health practice and policy. This includes evaluation of effectiveness of interventions (including health impact assessment), and current public health programmes at different geographical scales.
  • The dissemination and communication of evidence and the role of the media
  • Ethical issues surrounding the collection, interpretation, dissemination and use of public health information
  • Critical review of contemporary issues in evidence based public health

Learning and Teaching

You will be able to:

  • Examine the use of evidence in the formation of public health policy
  • Critically appraise the validity and reliability of evidence
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the process of systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Critique the effectiveness of public health interventions
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the types of evidence routinely used as a basis for public health policy
  • Describe the constraints and barriers for the implementation of the evidence base for public health policy and practice


Multiple choice questions and short answer examination.

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How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate programme.

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