Health Protection

CPD - 10 credits at level 6 or Masters level

Aim of the course

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the nature of environmental and communicable disease hazards and the role of public health practitioners in the management of these hazards.  


Structure and length of the course

The course will be taught over a half day/week for approximately 10 consecutive weeks. Teaching and learning approaches include Lectures, Seminar Workshops and Student Led Presentations.    



The course will be held at Liverpool John Moores University, and normally runs for 2 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks commencing in September each year (though this is subject to change).


Course content

  • Overview of the nature of health protection, principles of hazard identification, risk analysis and the use of the source-pathway-receptor model.
  • Principles of communicable disease surveillance and control.
  • Assessment of environmental hazards including air pollution, contaminated land, water and food.
  • Contamination and waste management.
  • An introduction to emergency planning and resilience strategies.  



This comprises a written report which analyses communicable   and   non-communicable   risk factors, discusses the role and responsibility of key organisations and evaluates the impact of policy on the public’s health.

Entry requirements

  It is anticipated that most students will have a first degree. Any student not able to demonstrate this will be asked to provide other evidence of equivalent learning through work they have carried out. Students must be able to satisfy the programme leader of their potential to study successfully at Level 7 and to benefit from the programme. Consideration will be given for prior education and experience.  



A  Certificate   in   Professional   Development   10
Academic Credits at Level 7. This module can also be taken as an option module on the MSc Public Health.  


Further information

Please contact the Faculty of Education, Health and Community Admissions Team on:   Tel: 0151 231 5829 Email: If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general, please contact:   Course Enquiries Tel: 0151 231 5090 Email: Web:  


How to Apply

There are two application routes for CPD courses, depending on how your course will be funded. If the CPD course you are applying for is funded by NHS North West, please apply through the CPD apply system by visiting You can contact your Trust Training Lead for further advice on this process.   If you are funding the course yourself, please apply on the LJMU postgraduate online application form at

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