The University of Southampton

HMPR1005 Health, Society and Public Policy

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The UK and global healthcare landscape is becoming increasingly complex. Ageing populations, the growing prevalence of chronic illness, rising expectations and advances in health technologies present major challenges for healthcare systems and decision makers at all levels within the health sector. The purpose of this module is to introduce the wider context for healthcare management. It will explore social, political and economic factors influencing contemporary health policy and the significance of other areas of public policy to the work of healthcare managers and policy makers. The module also aims to provide an overview of the organisation and delivery of health services.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of key terms and concepts such as health, illness, well being, policy and social policy
  • Describe social factors impacting on health and well being and policy interventions for addressing these factors
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of social policy to the work of healthcare managers and policy makers
  • Explain the content of contemporary health policy (what it aims to achieve)
  • Identify key principles which shape the organisation and delivery of health and social care services
  • Describe and apply concepts and frameworks used to analyse the content and context of policy

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module. These include lead lectures, seminars, guided reading, group activities and e learning. Formative feedback from the tutor and peers will be a key component of the learning environment to ensure that you can move forward in your learning.

Completion of assessment task80
Preparation for scheduled sessions54
Wider reading or practice26.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Department of Health (2010). Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS (Cm 7881). 

Baggott, R. (2011). Public Health Policy and Politics. 

Blaxter, M. (2010). Health. 

Accompanying web site to The Student’s Companion to Social Policy..

Ham, C. (2009). Health Policy in Britain. 

Fair Society, Healthy Lives. Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010,.

Closing the gap in a generation. Health equity through action on the social determinants of health. Final report.

Klein, R. (2010). The New Politics of the NHS. 

Alcock, P; May, M. & Wright, S. eds (2012). The Student’s Companion to Social Policy. 

Walshe, K. & Smith, J. eds (2011). Healthcare Management. 

Baggott, R. (2007). Understanding Health Policy. 

Dean, H. (2012). Social Policy, (Short Introductions series). 

Social Policy Digest website.

Social Determinants of Health. The Solid Facts.

Department of Health (2010). Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our Strategy for Public Health in England. 

On line interactive tutorial “Internet for Social Policy.

Colebatch, H.K. (2009). Policy. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 90%
Essay plan and seminar presentation 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Students may wish to purchase texts to support their learning, however, the library is well stocked with suitable texts

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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