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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PHLT5110M Communicable Disease Control and Non-Infectious Environmental Hazards

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Richard Feltbower

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Ability to study at level M. Normally has obtained 120 credits at level 3.

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

The Communicable Disease Control and Non-Infectious Environmental Hazards module will give students the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the nature of infectious and non-infectious environmental hazards and their impact on health.


By the end of this module the student should have a critical understanding of the nature of infectious and non-infectious environmental hazards and their impact on health and also an understanding of the agencies and responsibilities relevant to actions to control infectious and non- infectious hazards.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should have a critical understanding of the:
- strategic importance of health protection;
- nature of infectious and non-infectious environmental hazards and their impact on health;
- statutory organisational aspects of health protection;
- potential threats to the public health;
- legal framework in which health protection sits.

Skills outcomes
- Integrate and critically evaluate evidence from a wide range of sources on topics related to communicable diseases and their control.
- Design an investigation of a putative communicable disease outbreak, or chemical or biological incident.
- Work as a team member in analysing public health questions relating to communicable diseases and their control, and formulating responses to these questions and solutions.
- Recognise the political, legal and social aspects of communicable disease control.


- Infectious Disease: general microbiology; food microbiology; prevention of infection; legal and corporate responsibilities; policy on Communicable Disease Control.
- Surveillance Mechanisms: Definition; infectious and non-infectious systems; evaluation; future development; the CCDC function; environmental institutions.
- Management of Outbreaks: identification; preliminary enquiries; hypotheses and definitive studies; sources of infection, modes of transmission; primary and secondary infection; conduct of investigation, co-ordination, liaison; reports, media and public relations.
- Prevention: primary, secondary and tertiary prevention- application to environmental hazards; education; Getting Ahead of the Curve strategy as a catalyst for change; evaluation.
- Water quality, air quality, solid waste/contaminated land, food safety.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Students will be expected to read all required materials associated with each lecture/seminar. These will include journal papers, book chapters, policy documents and reportage.
- In addition, students will be expected to read around their identified area of interest, not only to build a literature for use in their assignments, but also to enable them to participate and contribute to class discussions.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored by:
- attendance at lectures and tutorials;
- participation in seminar discussions and groupwork
- participation in recap/review sessions at the end of each day

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment1 x 3,000 word written assignment, selected from a range of questions set by the module leader or by agreement100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/04/2018


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