27 May - 28 June 2024 (Online)
Live online sessions: 29 May, 5, 12, 19 & 26 June 2024


Course details

  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Live online sessions: 
    - 29 May 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am
    - 5 Jun 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am
    - 12 Jun 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am
    - 19 Jun 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am
    - 26 Jun 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am
  • Fees:
    - £495
  • Venue: Online
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This short course will cover the following areas:- Child health in the UK and Europe, measures of health and disease, current important child health problems affecting our children, child health in developing countries -- the majority world and why international child health is important.

Global burden of childhood disease, to include infectious disease, AIDS and HIV, violence, reproductive health, tropical diseases and disability will also be studied. Children's rights and their relevance to child public health, determinants of child health and historical aspects of child public health in the UK will be investigated.

Other aspects will include: techniques and resources for child public health practice, concepts and definitions in public health and health promotion practice, social paediatrics - definitions and scope and vulnerable children and their needs. It will also build on earlier teaching on "disease causation", epidemiological study design and lifecourse epidemiology approaches in the science and evidence base module.

Case studies in child public health and social paediatrics (including obesity prevention, promotion of immunisation, promotion of emotional health, injury prevention approaches service design for looked after children, recognition of domestic violence, and mitigating the health consequences of poverty and disadvantage will be the mainstay of this module.

The course is part of a range of short courses spread throughout the academic year which are available both to students who are enrolled on the Msc Applied Paediatrics  and as stand-alone CPD accredited programmes for all healthcare professionals.

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Course aims

This course will introduce you to key concepts in child population health and the application of theory and principles in the NHS and globally.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Construct a determinants framework of child health which can be used both in clinical practice and epidemiological research
  • Appraise the value of Children’ Rights and give examples of their use in advocacy and service provision
  • Compare and contrast diagnoses in clinical and child public health practice and formulate plans in relation to different social paediatric case scenarios
  • Critically Evaluate the application of child public health techniques in one chosen topic area e.g. breast feeding promotion, child mental health, or immunisation and propose a strategy for health promotion.

Course structure

This fully online course is run over 5 consecutive weeks and you are expected to conduct ~ 7 - 10 hours per week of guided and self-directed asynchronous learning, which also incorporates group work online. There are also planned synchronous sessions during the course to discuss ideas, present group and individual work and to facilitate further learning.

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) hosts guidance and support with resources and tasks that you can study at your own pace within the suggested parameters. The VLE supports your academic journey and helps you to connect with other students for networking, community building and active co-construction of your learning.

Evidence of sufficient participation will be required to obtain a course certificate.

Live online sessions

Live online sessions (provisional)

The course consists of several synchronous sessions on a video-conferencing platform held on the following dates (UK time): 

  • Wednesday, 29 May 2024: 9.00 -11.00am
  • Wednesday, 5 June 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am
  • Wednesday. 19 June 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am
  • Wednesday, 26 June 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am


Who should attend?

This course will benefit paediatricians, GPs, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals involved in Child Health.

As the course is a multi-professional programme, students will develop an understanding of how their own individual behaviours, and those of the teams within which they work, can have a significant influence on the quality of care delivered.

Optional assessment

Participants have the option of completing an assessment component and on completion will be provided with an official Imperial College London transcript of results. Details of the assessment and deadline for submission will be given during the course. Please note that there is an additional assessment fee payable in full prior to submission date. Please contact us for further information.

Comments from past participants

"Interesting, useful, well taught and delivered."

"Feel inspired to consider further academic study."

"All the lecturers have been excellent – engaging, informative."