HLTH09019 2021 Health Protection

General Details

Full Title
Health Protection
Transcript Title
Health Protection
N/A %
Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2021 - Full Academic Year 2021-22
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maire McCallion, Richeal Burns, Thomas Smyth
Programme Membership
SG_SPUBL_E09 202100 Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health

This module introduces the concepts and principles of health protection, including infection control and control of non-communicable risks to health and well-being. ​

National and international programmes, policies and systems that protect health will be evaluated.​ 

Issues around the transmission of disease, surveillance and risk assessment, and outbreak management will be examined. A range of strategies informing prevention and control including screening, immunization and health acquired infections will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Critically analyse the role of various organisations in identifying, preventing and controlling risks to health and well-being.  ​


Apply principles and steps in effective outbreak management, investigation and control.


Review the range of preventative control measures available for control of infectious diseases and appraise infection/prevention control guidelines.


Design a communication campaign for effective measures for the control of health care acquired infections or other infectious diseases.​

Teaching and Learning Strategies


This online module will incorporate 'Live Lectures' which will be used to introduce students to key concepts and to give relevant examples and bring meaning to the various Health Protection approaches. Students will be given relevant tasks and online resources to review weekly. 

A blended-learning, flipped-classroom approach will also be used incorporating UDL principles, where students will be asked to review online materials previous to the scheduled Live Lecture and a discussion around the task will be built into the lecture time. Group discussions will also be accommodated using VLE platform breakout rooms. These will be facilitated by the lecturer but used to carry out small tasks associated with the lecture topics. 

Students will be encouraged to source peer reviewed studies which will consolidate their learning. Students will be given responsibility to lead breakout sessions on journal articles which may of interest to the class.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will involve a range of different assessment which could include the following;

Critical review of case studies

Poster or presentation in an area of Health Protection communication

Action plan report for outbreak control/management

Repeat Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment will be assigned.

Indicative Syllabus

  • Communicable diseases- Surveillance systems and methods of Infection Control  ​

  • Outbreak/Incident investigation  ​

  • National & International Public Health Legislation and Regulations  ​

  • Water and air quality and relevant legislation

  • Health Hazards  ​

  • Emergency planning and management  ​

  • Services for Health Protection – Sexual Health Screening, Cancer Screening, HCAI control, Antibiotic resistance.  

  • Infectious Disease Regulations 

  • Vaccination programmes 

  • Role of  national organisations and agencies (Departments of Public Health, Health Protection Surveillance Centre)  and international organisations ​(World Health Organisation) 

  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals  ​

  • Ethics and Health Protection  ​

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Action plan and communication strategy Project Project 70 % End of Term 2,3,4
2 Critical review of case studies Coursework Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 6 1

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Post delivery support 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016-08-25 Health Protection Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780198745471 ISBN-13 0198745478

Health Protection: Principles and practice is a practical guide for practitioners working at all levels in public health and health protection, including those with a non-specialist background. It is the first textbook in health protection to address all three domains within the field (communicable disease control; emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR); and environmental public health) in a comprehensive and integrated manner. Written by leading practitioners in the field, the book is rooted in a practice-led, all-hazards approach, which allows for easy real-world application of the topics discussed. The chapters are arranged in six sections, which begin with an in-depth introduction to the principles of health protection and go on to illuminate the three key elements of the field by providing: case studies and scenarios to describe common and important issues in the practice of health protection; health protection tools, which span epidemiology and statistics, infection control, immunisation, disease surveillance, and audit and service improvement; and evidence about new and emerging health protection issues. It includes more than 100 health protection checklists (SIMCARDs), covering infections from anthrax to yellow fever, non-infectious diseases emergencies and environmental hazards. Written from first-hand experience of managing communicable diseases these provide practical, stand-alone quick reference guides for in-practice use. Both the topical content of Health Protection: Principles and practice, and the clearly described health protection principles the book provides, makes it a highly relevant resource for wider public health and health protection professionals in this continually evolving field.

Required Reading
2019-02-04 Communicable Disease Control and Health Protection Handbook John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781119328049 ISBN-13 1119328047

The essential guide to controlling and managing todays communicable diseases The fourth edition of Communicable Disease Control and Health Protection Handbook offers public health workers of all kinds an authoritative and up-to-date guide to current protocols surrounding the identification and control of infectious diseases. With its concise, accessible design, the book is a practical tool that can be relied upon to explain topics ranging from the basic principles of communicable disease control to recent changes and innovations in health protection practice. Major syndromes and individual infections are insightfully addressed, while the authors also outline the WHOs international health regulations and the organizational arrangements in place in all EU nations. New to the fourth edition are chapters on Ebola, the Zika virus, and other emerging pandemics. In addition, new writing on healthcare-associated infection, migrant and refugee health, and the importance of preparedness make this an essential and relevant text for all those in the field. This vital resource: Reflects recent developments in the science and administration of health protection practice Covers topics such as major syndromes, control of individual infections, main services and activities, arrangements for all European countries, and much more Includes new chapters on the Zika virus, Schistosomiasis, Coronavirus including MERS + SARS, and Ebola Follows a format designed for ease of use and everyday consultation Created to provide public and environmental health practitioners, physicians, epidemiologists, infection control nurses, microbiologists and trainees with a straightforward yet informative resource, Communicable Disease Control and Health Protection Handbook is a practical companion for all those working the field today.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources

Various Public Health, Health Promotion and infectious disease journals

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