Areas of Expertise
- Infant nutrition
- Postnatal depression
The aim of this module is for students to undertake an independent study on an approved topic related to childhood studies. This could involve empirical research or a literature review. Students will be given individual as well as group advice and support either in the selection of their chosen focus for literature review or with their research design, data collection and data analysis. All students will be given guidance in relation to the presentation and structure of their dissertation.
This module will examine determinants of child health and wellbeing from a biopsychosocial approach. Students will consider key components of child health such as nutrition, physical activity, mental health and physical illness and explore the multitude of biopsychosocial, cultural and economic factors which influence these. Central themes will run throughout the module, namely how environmental, familial and socio- demographic factors, together with government and legal policies, initiatives and legislation affect child health and well-being. Students will debate topics from multiple perspectives, considering legal, ethical and moral issues as to who is responsible for child health and well-being. Finally Child Health Services and roles will be examined, exploring evidence based approaches to working and communicating with and empowering young children in health care settings. The module will be of interest to anyone wishing to gain a detailed understanding of the influences upon child health, and how child health can impact upon wider child well-being and development. It will be relevant to practitioners working with children across a range of health, social and educational settings.
This module explores current public health issues surrounding food, nutrition and the diet of infants and children aged 0 ¿ 11 years in light of biological, psychological and social perspectives. Central issues will target the importance of early diet and growth, the interaction between nutrition, wellbeing and behavior the growing problem of childhood obesity. The role of different individuals in influencing child diet, eating behavior and weight will be considered alongside the impact of different campaigns in public health, education and the media to promote a healthy child diet.
This module will examine the evidence base behind a range of child public health issues relating to children aged 0 ¿ 11 years. It will explore the epidemiology, risk factors and impact of key issues such as perinatal health, immunisation uptake and wellbeing. Topics will consider how child health can have wide reaching outcomes for emotional, social and educational development and how health is affected by a range of biological, psychological and social factors. The module will explore how environmental, familial and socio-demographic factors, together with government and legal policies, initiatives and legislation influence child health and well-being. Legal, ethical and moral issues will also be considered alongside the role of child health services in supporting child health and wellbeing.
This module will help students to develop a critical understanding of management and leadership issues in the context of health and social care systems. This module focuses on theoretical perspectives often drawn from industry, commerce and elsewhere, and examines their application within health and social care and the public sector.
This module aims to provide students with an overview of the range of data collection methods available to individuals undertaking research and to enable the student to consider the implications, application strengths and weaknesses of the various data collection methods. The module will also provide insight into the ways that such methods may be applied effectively and ethically in social research.
This module explores the psychology of human behaviour within the workplace. It will use concepts from social, health and organizational psychology to examine principles such as group dynamics, motivation and individual differences in relation to management, structure and behaviour in health care organisations. Central issues will include intergroup behaviour and conflict, psychological well-being at work and enhancing performance. Current topics such as the use of technology, changing concepts of careers and the worth of psychometric testing will be debated. Specifically, students will reflect on the role of health care managers in promoting productive employee relations and well-being, managing difficult behaviour and personalities, increasing staff motivation and considering issues of equality and diversity.