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Introducing public health – online course

This eLearning course introduces the broad scope of public health work in the UK, illustrated by a video case study of public health approaches and activities in Coventry, England.  The course contents emphasize public health work that addresses the determinants of ill health.  Introducing public health is one course in a three-part series on public health. The course is free, takes about six-hours to complete and consists of four modules:  1) public health on the ground; 2) thinking about your own health; 3) scope of public health; and 4) everybody’s business?

Learners respond to questions related to video vignettes, web research and readings, and they can compare their answers with embedded instructor comments on each activity.

Introducing public health was developed by the Open Learning University  in the UK.  You can access the course at

This course was recommended as a professional development resource by an NCCDH project team reviewing online courses related to health equity and the social determinants of health for a public health audience.  To learn more about this project and other recommended courses, click here.

The Open University (2012). Introducing public health [Online course]. Retrieved from


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