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Public health in community settings: An introduction

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This free course, Public health in community settings: An introduction, introduces you to some key aspects of community-level engagement, in particular how to get to know the locality in which you want to work and how you might work in partnership with local people. In doing so, it gives you a sense of the nature and approach of community-based public health work.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of factors to consider when planning to research a chosen community
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of approaches that will facilitate engagement at community level
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of skillls required to work constructively with communities.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 5 hours
  • Updated Friday 12th February 2016
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Public Health
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Public health in community settings: An introduction


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This course focuses on working with communities. It follows on from Introducing public health [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] which introduced you to multidisciplinary public health. This course puts forward some ideas about how to build an initial picture of a community, how to research a community, get to know it, both formally and informally and work constructively in partnership with it.

As you study this course do record your ideas in a paper-based or online journal. This will provide useful evidence for you to draw on, for example if you want to demonstrate that you have learned and applied public health knowledge to your practice. Your work could provide evidence that helps you to meet the UKPHR Public Health Practitioner Standards (2013).

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course : K311 Promoting public health.

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