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


  • 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.

  • SHHM50 Assistive Technology in Health and Social Care

    This module is aimed at those who wish to widen their knowledge, understanding and use of the potential transformative power of assistive technology in improving the quality of life of people living with long term and chronic conditions.

  • 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.