Dr Ruth Hopkins
Senior Lecturer
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 606252
Room: Office - 103
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

Ruth is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health in the Department of Public Health Policy and Social Sciences within the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Prior to entering academia, Ruth worked in Environmental Health, primarily within the disciplines of housing, environmental protection and public health. Ruth was awarded her PhD in 2016. Titled ‘The contrapuntal action of ICT’s on a new three dimensional conceptual model of harmonious ageing in place’, she continues to have an interest in ICTs and assistive technologies. More recently her areas of research are more eclectic. Ruth is involved in research focused on breast feeding, maggots in wound debridement and pedagogic practice.

Ruth is the Post Graduate Programme Director for the MSc Public Health and Health Promotion; a programme which attracts students from medical health and social economic health backgrounds.

Ruth is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Officers and is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner. Ruth has a post graduate teaching qualification, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Having worked in culturally diverse communities, Ruth brings a wealth of experience which challenges ‘traditional’ constructs of health promotion, public health and health protection, introducing students within this arena to concepts around the use of social marketing, mass media and digital technologies to effect behaviour change and health improvements. She also brings knowledge and experience of the delivery of public health and health promotion from a global perspective and within culturally diverse communities.


  • ASP110 Environments of Social Policy

    Given the environmental and social challenges of population ageing, migration and globalization, future generations will increasingly face questions of how to maintain sustainable environments whilst also ensuring human well-being. Taking examples from areas such as food, public health, climate change, planning, development and transport, this module will examine how social policies are evolving to tackle our growing concerns relating to human well-being and environmental sustainability.

  • ASP315 Social Policy in an Ageing World

    This module explores policies and provision for an ageing population. It begins with an overview of the theoretical explanations of the experience of ageing and takes a critical social gerontological approach towards the analysis of policy. The impact of ageism and other forms of discrimination is explored. Substantive areas of policy (e.g. mobility and transport, safe-guarding in residential contexts, housing) are scrutinized in the UK and Welsh contexts, and comparatively with other countries.

  • SHGM45 Foundations in Health Promotion

    This module provides a foundation in understanding the key theoretical understanding of the principles related to health promotion and underpinning public health policy perspectives.

  • SHGM57 Dissertation (MSc Public Health and Health Promotion)

    This module builds on the knowledge and skills developed in part one of the programme. Specifically, students will be prepared to work independently in order to critically explore the evidence base for a topic of interest or relevance to their own professional practice.

  • SHGM63 Health and Ageing

    The complex nature of ageing and health presents medical, social and educational challenges. This module explores these complexities from a holistic approach which will encompass users┬┐ perspectives and relevant policies.

  • SHGM89 Health Protection

    This module contextualises Health Protection within Public Health and Health Promotion Practice. It provides an overview of the key concepts of infection control, prevention of threats to human health from external environmental hazards, and outbreak management

  • SHHM15 Data Collection Methods

    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.

  • SHP358 Public Health and Epidemiology

    Current approaches to the measurement of health and the surveillance of health within populations will be studied together with needs assessment and planning. The influence of a range of social, political , economic and cultural influences including globalization on public health will be evaluated. The module is designed to develop knowledge and skills in public health practice and primary health care. Underpinning concepts and approaches to public health practice and the role of public health in primary health care will be critically examined. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations.

  • SHVM51 Theory and Practice of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management

    This module enables students to critically examine the theories, models, concepts and practice of long term and chronic conditions management in the context of interdisciplinary practice and collaborative working with people with long term and chronic illnesses and their families.