This module considers the impact of individual and societal influences on health and illness. Theory and evidence from the disciplines of psychology and sociology will be considered within the context of healthcare provision.
This module provides students with a sound introduction to some of the key contemporary debates within sociology of health and illness. It will enable students to understand the significant influence of social factors in people¿s interpretation and experience of health and illness and will also explore social relations in formal health work.
This module is taught in alternate years to combined groups of level 5 and level 6 students. The distinction between the levels is obtained through different learning outcomes and assessment questions. Building on the cognate level 4 module, this module further explores key contemporary debates and research approaches in the sociology of health and illness.
The module identifies and offers scope for the consideration of various ethical challenges inherent in some public health endeavours which are sometimes uncritically accepted/adopted. In addition, aspects of public health activities such as screening and immunisation are considered with regard to ethical principles. Other areas of public health interest such as rising levels of inequality in health and lifestyle choice will be presented as ethical dilemmas.
This module is a compulsory module in the MSc Health Care Management programme. It will analyse the forces and processes that shape modern health care policies, discussing the phases of policy formation, implementation and evaluation. Theories and models of the policy making process will be examined as they relate to actual practice and the potential obstacles to `perfect implementation¿ will be studied. A series of contemporary issues such as rationing, patient and public involvement, and policy divergence after devolution will be discussed.
In this compulsory module students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the wider context of health care management. The social, cultural and economic context within which health and illness are defined and experienced and how these impact and influence the organisation and financing of health care and health systems will be critically explored.