An Introduction to Population Health

This MOOC is aimed at anyone wishing to understand the basics of population health. Our aim is to prompt any participant to reconsider the decisions they make about their own health or the health of others (if they are taking the course as a health professional).

About The Course

It is understandable that most of us consider our health care as something provided to us as an individual by other individuals or teams, for example our doctor, midwife, nurse or dentist. But in this short course we wish to introduce to you a different perspective, that of population health.

Our starting premise is that having an understanding of health from a population level can enable people to make better decisions about their own health care and can also enable health workers to make better decisions about individuals and populations within their care.

The course is led by Aneez Esmail, a general practitioner and professor from The University of Manchester, UK. Together, he and Dr Katie Reed, the Faculty eLearning lead, developed the course with contributions from a number of other academic and technical staff from the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How will I know if I can cope with the course?

If you enjoy thoughtful articles in good quality newspapers or magazines you will be able to cope with this course. To get the best out of it we do recommend that you have 1-2 hours a week to spend on it, but there is nothing to stop you dipping in and out as you are able.

2) Do I need to be a health worker or have any health or medical knowledge before I take this course?

No, you don't, the course is designed to be a general introduction to the topic for anyone who has not studied it before, so this may include students and qualified health professionals.

3) Will I be able to ask questions about my own health?

This would not be appropriate, though students may at times share some of their own experiences on the discussion boards.

4) Will I get a qualification or certificate when I finish this course?

Yes, students who work through the course and participate in most of the online activities (both self-tests and the final discussion board activity) will receive a certificate of completion.