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Introducing public health
This free course, Introducing public health, presents some key elements of public health and health promotion. It considers the scope and focus of public health and how it is subject to change and located within the wider global context.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the wider determinants of health and ill-health
- demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the roles of people and agencies who undertake work in the promotion of public health
- demonstrate an awareness of the debates and dilemmas that may arise from the promotion of public health.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 What is public health?
- 2 The shifting focus of public health
- 3 Different perspectives on health
- 4 Influences on health
- 5 Life-course effects
- 6 Scope of public health
- 7 Partnerships between sectors
- 8 Reflections
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