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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MEDI2202 Individuals and Populations 2

Module manager: Dr Cathy Brennen

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Year 1 of MBChB programme


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MEDI2219Campus to Clinic 2
MEDI2220RESS 2 Special Studies Project
MEDI2221Essential Medical Science
MEDI2222Clinical Pathology

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module covers the key concepts and skills in population health. It will introduce students to an approach that aims to improve health outcomes, promote well-being and reduce health inequalities across an entire population.


The aim of this module is to enable students to use the key principles of population health to prevent ill health, promote good health and reduce health inequalities throughout their careers, whichever speciality they work in.

Learning outcomes
Describe the wider determinants of health, the effects of poverty and affluence, and the impact of health inequalities at a global, national, and local level.
Discuss how doctors and clinical leaders can best contribute to improving the health of the population.
Apply the principles of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of disease
Describe what influences peoples’ behaviour in relation to health and wellbeing and employ this knowledge to improve the health of your future patients.
Discuss the role of doctors in contributing to the collection and analysis of patient data at a population-level to identify trends in well-being, disease, and treatment, and to improve healthcare and the healthcare system.
Interpret and communicate research evidence in a meaningful way for patients to support them in making informed decisions about treatment and management.
Recognize the potential impact of your attitudes, values, beliefs, perceptions and personal biases (which may be unconscious) on individuals and groups and identify personal strategies to address this.
Use a population perspective in everyday clinical practice. For example, showing how you can advocate for your individual patients, and how you can advocate for improved public health at local, national and global levels.
Evaluate the role of ecological, environmental and occupational hazards in ill-health and discuss ways to mitigate their effects.
Apply the basic principles of communicable disease control in community settings, including disease surveillance.
Understand your responsibilities when you have a patient with a notifiable disease.
Understand how healthcare is planned, nationally, and locally
Recognize the concept of Planetary Health as a determinant of individual and population health

Skills outcomes
The unit aims to develop a professional attitude towards public health, epidemiology and medical statistics.


The module is divided into five themes:
1. Health Improvement
This theme builds on the concepts of health inequalities and behaviour change from year 1. It will give students the key principles needed to understand how to prevent the development of clinical conditions
2. Epidemiology in Practice
This theme introduces the epidemiological concepts and methods. You will be given the opportunity to apply epidemiological reasoning to practical examples and to use public health data to inform clinical proactice.
3. Adopting Public Health Attitudes and Values
This theme is about using population perspectives in everyday clinical practice and understanding wider opportunities for you to advocate for your patients
4. Health Protection
This theme introduces students to the knowledge necessary to undertake your clinical and legal responsibilities to protect the health of individual patients and populations against communicable diseases and environmental hazards.
5. Organisation of Health Services and Planetary Health
This theme will help you to understand the basic organisation of the NHS, how this compares to other health systems and how global health and climate change impact on the NHS and your future careers.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning181.000.00
Group learning71.500.00
Independent online learning hours18.00
Private study hours24.50
Total Contact hours0.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)42.50

Private study

This comprises a range of activities which you are to complete in your own time either in preparation for, or to follow up, a particular lecture, tutorial or placement. These activities include additional reading on topics, preparation for tutorials and lectures, completion of assessed course work, etc.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Each theme has an in-course assessment so students will get five opportunities to receive formative feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay500-word essay giving brief evaluation of behaviour change intervention.20.00
In-course MCQ2 in-course MCQS. One for epidemiology in practice and one for health protection.40.00
Reflective log2 reflective logs. One for adopting public health attitudes and one for planetary health.40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)20.00

For progression graded pass in the Year 2 Written Exam is required. I & P questions contribute to this exam. Invigilated Critical Numbers Exam 20%

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:42:38


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