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HPRS2031 Public health aspects of Cardiac Disease

Module Overview

This module is designed to ensure that you understand the overarching principles of global health strategies in promoting and improving public health.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Appraise the effects of disease on patients, carers and families.
  • Describe the epidemiological aspects of cardiovascular disease.
  • Evaluate the impact of public health programmes on population health


Indicative Content - National and international public health aspects of infectious and non-infectious diseases - Principles of epidemiology and basis of health promotion - Typical screening programmes in healthcare science - purpose, design and outcomes - Use of epidemiological data to design and deliver health services - Impact of public health on cardiac, pulmonary and vascular pathologies - Psychological and sociological aspects of living with disease You will also consider the impact of lifestyle on health and introduce the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the concept of risk assessment.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will learn by exploring material in lectures, in conjunction with directed learning. Students will be encouraged to manage their time and the development of their learning by utilising multimedia resources, and the library, and by self-directed development of the study skills necessary to access these resources.

Independent Study157.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Greenburgh T (2010). The Psychological impact of acute and chronic illness: A practical Guide for primary care physicians. 

Sommerville M and Kumaran K. (2016). Public health and Epidemiology at a Glance. 

Proietti R et al. (2017). Psychological, Emotional, Social and Cognitive aspects of implantable cardiac devices. 

Emanuel Rubin (2001). Essential Pathology. 

Port, C. (2015). Essentials of Pathophysiology. 

Barbara Janson Cohen, Jason J. Taylor, Ruth Lundeen Memmler (2008). Memmler's the human body in health and disease. 

Avita, M (2015). Psychosocial and psychological prospects of coronary heart disease. 

Sim, F and McKee, M (2011). Issues in Public Health (Understanding Public Health). 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 80%
Presentation 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 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:


There are no additional costs for this module.

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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