Public Health Policy and Politics

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

The module is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level and is delivered at our Frenchay Campus.

Course content includes:

  • The role of political science, political ideologies and value systems in the development of public health
  • Welfare regimes, healthcare systems and healthcare financing
  • Multi-sectoral public health: planning, transport, energy, housing, media and culture
  • Public health governance, institutional structures and workforce in the context of globalisation
  • Professionals and public involvement in the public health policy process (SUs, citizens, consumers)
  • The role of commerce, industry and philanthropy in public health interventions
  • Civil society, social movements, faith-based movements and community development in public health
  • Political conflict, activism and bio-terrorism
  • Frameworks for policy analysis and understanding the policy process, including application of sociological theories of power
  • Conventional and alternative perspectives on the policy process
  • The use of evidence and evaluation in the policy process
  • Policy networks and policy transfer
  • Theories and case studies of development, social change and policy reform
  • Sustainable development and environmentalism.


Course delivery may include lectures, seminars, case study reviews, group discussions and tutorials.

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

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