PUBH222 - Public Health Community Engagement
Prerequisites: PUBH100 Foundations of Public Health, PUBH102 Foundations of Health Promotion and PUBH103 Epidemiology
Teaching Organisation: 150 hours of focussed learning
Community engagement is an essential component of effective public health practice. Theoretical aspects are covered in a range of units within the public health curriculum. This unit provides an opportunity for students to explore the practical aspects of community engagement through placement with organisations that enhance the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities, especially those who are the most marginalised and disadvantaged. Students will undertake work in a selected public sector or non-profit community agency/organisation related to Public Health, to explore the role and complexities of the organisation in supporting disadvantaged individuals and families experiencing socially-determined health issues. The aims of this unit are to assist the host organisation to enhance public health; and for students to develop and reflect upon the values of partnership, equality, mutual respect and commitment as well as the degree of transformation that community engagement can offer participants.
The unit will include a module on working with children, young people and vulnerable adults that will focus on responding to concerns and strategies to keep ourselves and others safe and support children, young people and vulnerable adults.