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MEDI6069 Development and Implementation of Public Health Policies and Strategies

Module Overview

This module develops your understanding of the wider social and political context within which the formation of public health policies and programmes operate both domestically and internationally. The module will enable you to develop and demonstrate competence for effective practice in the community in your own area of work

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Discuss the terminology and how policies and strategies affect public health.
  • Articulate the major public health policies relevant to own area of work and the organisations responsible for them.
  • Analyze the complexity of the policy context and how policy is made and public issues identified.
  • Provide a systematic rationale for an evidence-based approach to the identification and solution of public health problems at the local, national, regional and international level.
  • Apply the theories and models of programme/project management and their application
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate contemporary theories in policy and programme development.
  • Critically assess and apply the appropriate steps in planning public health programmes/projects.
  • Contribute to the development of specific policies and programmes within public health
  • Provide information or feedback on how policies and programmes have helped or hindered people’s health and wellbeing
  • Critically examine the constraints to effective implementation of public health programmes in the community
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop, plan and evaluate programmes/ projects related to public health.
  • Use relevant programme/project management tools such as log frames and Gannt charts


• Current key health and wellbeing policies in own area of work at UK, Europe and international levels. • Role of Agencies: International (UN), European and national, NGOs, charities etc. • Policy and programme development • Programme/project planning and management. • Integrated public health programmes at different critical stages in life cycle—pregnancy, lactation, infancy, early childhood, school-age, adults and elderly. • Policy and programme evaluation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning strategies will include: formal lectures, peer teaching, workshops, case studies and active participation learning. The emphasis will be on student centred learning in which you will be supported by a wide range of resources often delivered electronically. Staff, tutors and colleagues will support your professional learning Seminars may be given through MS Teams. Lecture materials delivered online - some maybe precorded

Independent Study160
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Aceijas C. (2011). Assessing evidence to improve population health and wellbeing.. 

Pencheon D, Guest C, Melzer D, Gray M. (2006). Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice. 

World Cancer Research Fund.

Noncommunicable diseases and mental health.

Learning Resources. Up to date resources covering domestic and international aspects, where appropriate, will be provided for individual sessions on Blackboard. Students are not expected to read all texts

Making Health Policy.

Essential Public Health: Theory and Practice. .


Assessment Strategy

There will be one formative and two summative assessments. The formative assessment is a policy appraisal. The summative assessments are i) reciprocal peer pair teaching case study of a programme and ii) individual written plan for an intervention. The pass mark for the module and both components is 50%. The written plan for an intervention must be passed to pass the module. If you do not achieve the pass mark on this module by achieving 50% or more in both components, you may still pass by compensation for the reciprocal peer teaching. To do this, you must achieve a qualifying mark of 40% in this component. Each component marks is then combined, using the appropriate weighting, to give an overall mark for the module. If this overall mark is greater than or equal to 50% you will have passed the module. If your overall mark is less than 50% when the weighting has been applied to the components, you will have failed the module. If you have not achieved 40% or more on both components, you cannot use compensation and have failed the module. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity for all components where you have not achieved the pass mark. Marks for components which were passed will be carried forward. You must achieve the pass mark in all referred components. On passing your referrals, your final module mark will be capped at 50%.


Workshop activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual written plan 50%
Individual written plan  (2000 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual written plan 50%
Individual written report  (2000 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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