SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB721149
Module Leader Antony Morgan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module, the academic components of which will be delivered via lectures, seminars and tutorials and be supported with Blackboard, will encourage and enable students to undertake activities that will further develop and enhance their knowledge and understanding of epidemiological approaches and their application to public health practice. It particularly aims to develop a practical understanding of how the techniques used to undertake epidemiological studies can be used to gather and interpret knowledge which can support the planning and implementation of new social action initiatives and evaluate existing activities.


-360 Sources of epidemiological data Measures of health and disease Types of epidemiological studies: e.g. descriptive studies, case control studies , cohort studies and intervention studies Risk, chance , bias and confounding Screening Surveillance Social action and epidemiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:-Critically analyse and evaluate the application of the principles of epidemiology within a social action context.-Critically analyse , compare and evaluate why a range of appropriate methodologies are applied to different epidemiological studies -Critically analyse and evaluate current literature where epidemiological data is significant-Critically evaluate a range of epidemiological studies and their application to practice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategies utilised within the modules are designed to meet the educational needs of experienced professionals. Students will be encouraged to work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for their own learning, personal development and practice competence. Academic components, which will be delivered via lectures and seminars and supported with on-line materials via blackboard, will provide an overview of topics and themes of relevance to the module. Academic guidance will be provided on an individual and/or group basis.

Indicative Reading

-180 Bhopal, R. (2008) Concepts of Epidemiology: An integrated introduction to the ideas, theories, principles and methods of epidemiology.(2 nd edition) Berkshire: Oxford University Press. Coles L., Porter E. (2008) Public Health Skills: A practical Guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Coggan,D., Rose, G., Barker, D. (2003) Epidemiology for the uninitiated. 5th ed. BMJ Publishing Group Donaldson L.J. & Scally L. (2009) Donaldson's' Essential Public Health (3 rd revised edition). Radcliffe Publishing Ltd . Gray M. (2009), Evidence-based health care and public health: how to make decisions about health services and public health , Churchill Livingstone. Orme, J., Taylor, P., Harrison, T., Grey, M. (2007) Public Health for the 21 st Century . (2 nd edition): Berkshire: Open University Press. Rothman K.J., Greenland S. & Lash T.L. (2008) Modern Epidemiology (3 rd edition) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Scriven A, Garman S (2007) Public Health: social context and action. Berkshire: Oxford University Press. Wilson F & Mabhala M (2008) Key Concepts in Public Health . London: Sage. URLs: AFTERnow: <> Association of Public Health Observatories: <> Department of Health: <> Glasgow Centre for Population Health: <> ISD Scotland: <> NHS Health Scotland: <> National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: <> PHORCaST: <> Scottish Community Development Centre: <> Scottish Government: <> Scottish Public Health Observatory: <> Skills for Health: <> UK Faculty of Public Health: <> World Health Organisation (WHO): <>

Transferrable Skills

It is anticipated that as students progress through this module, they will develop the following transferable skills: Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence. Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning. Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms. Work effectively with others. Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice. Develop enhanced awareness of connections between knowledge, skills and values in relation to self and others.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 60.00
Directed Learning 45.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 9.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% 3000 word essay