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Health and Society (Module)

Module description


Develop your knowledge and understanding through this module on health and society. On this module, you will study an outline of the development of public health, its underlying principles and areas of practice. You will also consider the relationships between health status and the society within which people live their lives, discussing discuss the wider determinants of health and ill health. There will opportunities to explore the evidence that underpins policy and practice of public health potential career pathways involved in public health and reflect upon the wider political, ethical and moral debates that impact upon public health.

The module is taught by King’s academics, and based on a 15 credit King's undergraduate module. It comprises 150 study hours, including teaching time, independent study and group work. A detailed timetable for this module will be available on KEATS from June 2020. 

Learning outcomes and objectives

By the end of the module, you should have:

  • considered the relationships between health status and the society within which people live their lives.
  • demonstrated an understanding of the key concepts that inform the practice of public health.
  • discussed the links between ill-health and wider social, economic and environmental factors.
  • appreciated and reflect upon the evidence which supports public health practice.
  • begun to develop the ability to think independently and make reasoned judgments. 
  • begun to develop skills in communicating the links between ill-health and wider factors.

Staff information

Taught by the Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King's College London.

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and tutorials
  • Private study

Module assessment - more information

  • One essay of 2,000 words (70%)
  • Poster and presentation (30%)

Key information

Module code 5ZSS0161

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value Classes can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards. To receive credit for King's summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit. This class is equivalent to an undergraduate degree module and usually awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Semester summer session 1

Study abroad module No