• Introduction


    In order to improve the health of populations - the rationale for the discipline of Public Health, prevention is the key. This course is designed to explore some of the theory and application of prevention with a population focus.

    How to navigate the course

    Each section comprises some introductory remarks. To access resources we think you will find interesting - click on the blue 'hyperlinks' and on the collections of resources. There is a forum in each section for reflection, and each section also has a quiz to check your understanding of some of the concepts in that section. Again click on the hyperlinks to take you to these items in each section.

    We encourage you to reflect on what you have learned or comment on the course. When you click on the blue hyperlink in each section labelled reflection, you will be able to add a new topic or respond to a previous one. You may want to share your learning from this and other readings, comment on the topics from your own experience, comment on others' posts, or provide feedback on how we can improve the content and presentation. You can also comment through adding a blog entry - the blog menu is in a block top right of the course page. Click on Add an entry about this course and you can make a comment and attach a document if you want. You can also view all other entries about the course, and view all entries you have made in the OOC site if you are enrolled in other courses, for your portfolio.

    In the final section you will see that you can gain a Certificate of Completion - the requirements for this are to view the Resources in each section and gain a pass mark in the quiz at the end. This is a self-directed course, to be taken at your own pace. We encourage you to reflect on the issues, maybe make notes as you go along as this is a good way to be sure that you can internalise the information presented and the lessons to learn from it. This can then become part of your personal development plan.

    The course was developed by Professor Richard Heller. If you are stimulated to learn more, Peoples-uni has a number of modules for individual study for CPD or towards an MPH

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    Introduction

    In order to improve the health of populations, the rationale for the discipline of Public Health prevention is key. This course is designed to explore some of the theories and applications of prevention with a population focus.

    The course is designed to help you: 

    1. Outline the population approach to prevention.
    2. Define and describe the theme of Health Promotion.
    3. Understand that social and cultural determinants are important in disease causation and prevention.
    4. Understand how policy settings are crucial to the implementation of disease prevention.
    5. Understand how to apply a simple evaluation framework to any project or intervention, know how to identify and develop indicators that allow you to demonstrate the results of the project, and be able to identify “successes” and “lessons learned” for future projects.


    This course is an Open Online Course (OOC) that was developed by Professor Richard Heller. It has been adopted from Peoples-uni and was further developed by NextGenU.org (NGU). It was sponsored in part by the Annenberg Physician Training Program (APTP).

     There are five (5) modules to complete, which include:

    Module 1: The Population Approach to Prevention
    Module 2: Health Promotion
    Module 3: Social Determinants of Health
    Module 4: Policy Implications of Prevention
    Module 5: Evaluation

    Approximate time for completion of this course is 4 hours at an average reading rate of 144 words/minute.


    Engaging with this course

    • To register for this course, complete the registration form. Begin the course with Module 1. For each lesson, read the description. 
    • Each lesson comprises introductory remarks. You can click on the collections of resources in each module. 
    • There is a forum on each module for reflection, and you will be able to add a new topic or respond to a previous one. You may want to share your learning from this and other readings, comment on the topics from your own experience, comment on others' posts, or provide feedback on how we can improve the content and/or presentation.
    • There is a final quiz to assess your understanding of some important concepts. Click on the hyperlinks to take you to these items in each topic.


    Requirements to obtain the certificate 

    You may browse this course for free to learn for your personal enrichment. There are no requirements.


    To obtain a certificate, a learner must successfully complete:

    • All reading requirements
    • All discussion forums
    • The final exam with a minimum of 70% and a maximum of 3 attempts and
    • The self and course evaluation forms

  • Module 1: The Population Approach to Prevention

    This Module outlines the population approach to prevention. An understanding of this approach is key to many preventive programmes in the field of Public Health. By the end of the Module, you should be able to appreciate the importance of taking a population approach to prevention.

    1 Page, 1 Forum
  • Module 2: Health Promotion

    This Module defines and describes the theme of Health Promotion. By the end of the Module, you should be able to understand the principles of Health Promotion and the part it may play in disease prevention.

    1 Page, 1 Forum
  • Module 3: Social Determinants of Health

    In this Module, we will take a brief look at the social and cultural determinants of health. By the end of the Module, you should be able to understand that social and cultural determinants are important in disease causation and prevention.

    1 Page, 1 Forum
  • Module 4: Policy Implications of Prevention

    In this Module, we will take a brief look at the policy implications of prevention. By the end of the Module, you should be able to understand how policy settings are crucial to the implementation of disease prevention.

    1 Page, 1 Forum
  • Module 5: Evaluation

    As with any intervention, prevention programmes need to be evaluated. This Module aims to provide an introduction to the issue of evaluation. Irrespective of your profession and where you work, it is essential that you continuously evaluate whatever you do. In some aspects, evaluation is not optional and indeed, may be a mandatory requirement. At the end of the Module, you should be able to understand how to apply a simple evaluation framework to any project or intervention, know how to develop indicators that allow you to demonstrate the results of the project, and be able to identify 'succeses' and 'lessons learned' for future projects.

    1 Page, 1 Forum
  • Module 5: Social and Cultural Determinants of Health

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    In this module, we will take a brief look at the social and cultural determinants of health. By the end of the Module, you will be able to understand that social and cultural determinants are important in disease causation and prevention.
  • Final Exam

  • Course and Self Evaluation & Certificate

    In this section, you can provide feedback about this course to help us make NextGenU.org better. Once evaluations are completed, you will be able to download your Certificate of Completion.
    Click here to give your feedback.
  • Gain a Certificate

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    You can gain a certificate if you view the Resources in each Module above and pass the Quiz below (7/10 questions or higher and you have two attempts).