Module - Introduction to Public Health (SBI200)

STP

Aim of this module

The aim of this rotation is to introduce trainees to the principles and practice of public health and the public health system in the UK. All trainees must successfully complete the national Information Governance training modules with a score of more than 80%. The role of public health organisations is to promote and protect health and wellbeing, prevent ill health and reduce health inequalities. This module will provide the trainee with an introduction to the principles and practice of public health and the public health system in the UK. Trainees will be expected to apply their knowledge and develop their skills in applied epidemiology using routine data within a public health organisation.

Work-based learning outcomes


  1. Successfully complete a recognised Information Governance training module.
  2. Access health data from at least one of: a routine data source (e.g. Hospital Episode Statistics), a surveillance system; or a registration database to answer a public health question.
  3. Use routine numerator and denominator data to calculate a public health measure of disease burden/frequency, interpret the significance of these data to patient and public health, and present a report on the findings for a specific audience.

Work-based Competencies


Learning outcome Title Knowledge
1 1

Apply information governance principles and best practice in the workplace.

  • The legislation, regulatory guidance and NHS protocols regarding the security, confidentiality and appropriate sharing of patient identifiable information.
  • Risks of inappropriate disclosure to patients and the public.
  • Role of the Caldicott Guardian.
  • The different arrangements and the associated responsibilities of clinical staff for security of all types of clinical information, especially electronically held, and for using such data for ‘secondary’ purposes.
2 1

Pass a recognised Information Governance training module.

  • The legislation, regulatory guidance and NHS protocols regarding the security, confidentiality and appropriate sharing of patient identifiable information.
  • Risks of inappropriate disclosure to patients and the public.
  • Role of the Caldicott Guardian.
  • The different arrangements and the associated responsibilities of clinical staff for security of all types of clinical information, especially electronically held, and for using such data for ‘secondary’ purposes.
3 2

Identify data needed to answer a public health question.

  • How health outcomes are measured.
  • Current issues in public health appropriate to work placement.
4 2

Identify relevant population health data sources.

  • Key sources of health and population data.
5 2

Assess the quality of data within the data source.

  • Data collection process.
  • Limitations of coding systems.
  • Issues of data quality, including timeliness and completeness.
6 3

Identify appropriate indicators of disease and estimate the burden of disease.

  • Population indicators.
  • Methods used to estimate the burden of disease.
  • Impact of disease on people, populations and the UK economy.
7 3

Describe the data and identify an appropriate comparator.

  • Limitations of the data.
  • Interpret the analysis of the data.
  • Key concepts and current issues of public health.
  • Wider determinants of health and health inequalities.
  • Required public health outcomes or good practice standards.
8 3

Assess the significance of the data.

  • Limitations of the data.
  • Interpret the analysis of the data.
  • Key concepts and current issues of public health.
  • Wider determinants of health and health inequalities.
  • Required public health outcomes or good practice standards.
9 3

Identify the intended audience for the output of the analysis and interpretation of the data.

  • Components of the public health system.
  • Roles, functions and priorities of the public health audience.
  • Legal context.
10 3

Prepare a report detailing the findings; defend your conclusions and recommendations.

  • Report writing framework.
  • Confidentiality and Caldicott principles.
  • Guidelines for writing and referring to people with disabilities.

Work-based assessment


Complete 1 Case-Based Discussion(s)
Complete 1 of the following DOPS and/or OCEs
Type Title