Professional course Health Protection

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Health and Social Sciences

15 Credit, Masters level module

Page last updated 2 April 2020


Health Protection is delivered in partnership with colleagues from Public Health England who are working in the field, ensuring that you are exposed to relevant practice issues.

Taught sessions will be supplemented by technology enhanced learning, with access learning materials via Blackboard and an electronic discussion board, while podcasts and/or videos will be used to accompany your lectures.

Careers / Further study

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



  • 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, TB, 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
  • Knowledge and understanding of key material environmental impacts on population health  physical, radiological, chemical and biological, covering specifically 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

Learning and Teaching

You will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of surveillance and epidemiology to the aetiology, monitoring and interpretation of patterns of communicable diseases
  • Critically analyse the key environmental health issues impacting on health in the UK
  • Consider the principles of and critique the evidence base for the actions necessary to prevent and control key communicable diseases, and the importance of the social and political environment in the detailed implementation of such actions

Prices and dates

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


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How to apply

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 (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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