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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5260M Transport and Public Health

15 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Samantha Jamson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary



On completion of this module students will have an increased knowledge and understanding of the relationship between transport provision, travel behaviour and health. Both health-promoting and health-damaging issues will be addressed providing students with a balanced understanding and bridge the domains occupied by health and transport professionals. This will include appreciation and understanding of the impact of transport provision on the physical and mental health of populations and individuals; the role of health, age (in the context of an ageing population) or disability on travel behaviour and travel competencies; the significance of transport sector emissions on public health; the role of active travel modes with particular reference to obesity; evaluation of fitness-to-drive in both the private and fleet context; and the evaluation of health impacts of transport provision. Students will gain an understanding of a range of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods and an understanding of appropriate use necessary for future employment and future research including skills they can apply in dissertation work.

Learning outcomes
- Understanding the health impacts of transport provision;
- Understanding how transport policy and practice can promote and improve physical and mental health and how impacts differ across different social groups ;
- Understanding of how health issues in old age may impact on travel competencies and behaviour;
- Appreciation of mitigation schemes to reduce detrimental health impacts;
- Appreciation of assessment techniques for determining and valuing health impacts;
- Ability to value and assess health impacts

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of the module students will have been given the opportunity to develop and practice a range of skills associated with critical analysis, evaluation and presentation. Students will develop and practice specific skills including:

- Health Impact Assessment;
- Statistical analysis;
- Ability to interrogate and integrate complex datasets from a variety of sources;
- Economic assessment techniques for the valuation of health impacts;
- Understanding complex data sets on health impacts;
- Communication, visualisation and presentation of data;
- Ability to value and assess health impacts
- Independent working.


The Transport and Public Health module aims to provide students with a critical appreciation of the key substantive issues in the relationship between health and the transport sector. Key issues considered in the module will be defined both from the perspective of the individual and how an individual's health can interact with and affect the ability to travel, to drive or to walk etc; and from the perspective of how the provision of transport can impact on the health of individuals or specific populations for example, the effect of emissions or the effect of car dependency or the promotion of active modes. Key issues will include: ageing and driving; the impact of vehicle emissions on health; valuing health impacts; health impact assessments; active modes; health equity.

The outline syllabus includes:

- Introduction to framework of health impacts and transport;
- Understanding of how transport and land-use impact on health;
- Appreciation of importance of accessibilities, active modes and health promotion;
- Appreciation of noise, emissions profiles, significance of dispersion, impact on population health;
- Understanding how individuals health status affects travel behaviour, and the role of transport planning in accommodating the diversity of the human condition;
- Appreciation of the impact of old age on driving competencies;
- Appreciation of the role of mobility and health technologies in supporting active travel;
- Drawing the links between mobility, social isolation and wellbeing (that is, the role of transport in tackling the growing social isolation crisis and taking on mental health issues);
- Comprehension of the evaluation frameworks for health impact assessment;
- The use of Health impact assessments by local authorities and other organisations.
- Methods of valuing the impacts of air pollution on health (e.g. asthma cases), valuing accidents (value of life) and physical activity (HEAT methodology).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours118.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to spend their study time on background reading for lectures and seminars, preparatory work for workshops and assessed coursework. In particular, for the practical exercises (one formally assessed), students will be required to collaborate and meet with their peers outside formal lectures.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress and comprehension will be monitored informally through participation in workshops and seminars and formally through the assessed and non-assessed coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportWorkshop exercise leading to a formal 2000 word report25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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: 30/04/2019


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