An Introduction to Public Health

Historically, public health initiatives have been crucial in improving the nation’s health and wellbeing. From the introduction of sanitation, to banning smoking in public places, public health interventions have seen a rise in the average life expectancy of the UK population over the past few centuries.

Although people are generally a lot healthier and more hygienic in today’s society, there are a new set of modern health issues that we face, making public health as important as ever.

This online course offers an introduction to the topic of public health, covering what public health is, the history of public health, and what public health looks like today. 

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Aims of the course

On completion, you will understand:

  • What health and public health is 
  • Determinants of health 
  • The history of public health in the UK 
  • Global responses to pandemics
  • Health inequalities

Course details:

  • One hour of study
  • One CPD point
  • Easy to navigate online resources
  • Auto-saves your progress so can be completed in multiple sittings

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at people beginning their career in the public health sector, those already in the public health sector looking to renew their knowledge and anyone with an interest in the subject.

How much does the course cost?

This course is free for RSPH members and £26.50 for the general public.  

Why not join RSPH Membership and access this course, as well as other CPD resources, for free? Register now using code CPDLEARNER and benefit from a 5% discount on your first year of membership.

How do you access the course? And how long does it take to complete?

You will be able to purchase the course by visiting our Learning Catalogue in My RSPH. If you do not have an account you must first register here. You can buy a course for yourself, or multiple to assign to other learners. If you are buying a course for yourself, you should tick the ‘assign course to yourself’ box at the check-out.

The course topics will be split out into three modules, with activities to test your knowledge, as you work through the modules. It can be paused and restarted whenever you like, and you have six months to complete the course. The entire course involves up to one hour of study.

Members will be able to access the course for free by logging into My RSPH and selecting the 'Member Benefits' tile. 

Course contents

  1. What is Public Health
  2. The history of Public Health 
  3. Public Health Today